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XX/XY (2002)

Three friends begin a dangerous three-way relationship that spirals out of control, leading to dire consequences that haunt them ten years later.


Austin Chick


Austin Chick
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Ruffalo ... Coles
Maya Stange ... Sam
Kathleen Robertson ... Thea
Kel O'Neill ... Sid
Ben Tolpin ... Guy at College Party
William Keeler William Keeler ... Boss
Paula Roth Paula Roth ... Mom
Lee Cobb Lee Cobb ... Stepfather
Zach Shaffer ... Nick
John A. MacKay John A. MacKay ... Mitchell
Tommy Nohilly ... Undercover Cop
Jeff Ward ... Stunt Cop #1
Keith Siglinger Keith Siglinger ... Stunt Cop #2
Evan Neumann Evan Neumann ... Guy Who Asks for His $ Back (as Evan Neuman)
Petra Wright ... Claire


When two college students, Sam and Thea, meet Coles at a party, their mutual attraction is immediate, leading to a passionate and awkward night together, and the onset of an intensely charged bond. As they continue to push the sexual boundaries of their friendship, however, they are tested by Sam and Coles' incipient romance and Thea's increasing recklessness, until the relationship dissolves amid a cloud of fear, resentment and mistrust. Eight years later they reunite. An animator for a high-profile ad agency, Coles now lives with Claire, his girlfriend of five years. Thea is happily married to Miles, with whom she owns a flourishing restaurant. And Sam has just returned to Manhattan after working in London where she recently broke off her engagement. Yet upon reconnecting, the three are drawn back into the complicated dynamic that defined their relationship from the start and are forced to confront the true meaning of commitment and love. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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There's no room for honesty in a healthy relationship...


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language, and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


A married couple that director Austin Chick knew were so affected by the emotional repercussions of their friend's film that they started divorce proceedings shortly after seeing it. See more »


Thea: What's a little fucking among friends, right?
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References Chocolat (1988) See more »


Something Against You
Written by Frank Black (as Black Francis)
Used by permission of Rice and Beans Music
Performed by Pixies (as The Pixies)
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group/4AD
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A calmer version of Jerry Springer
5 August 2006 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

I'm not sure why, but while I was at Hollywood Video, I ran across XX/XY and decided to give it a shot. What did I have to loose? It was free! :D I'm in a special club. Anywho, XX/XY takes on at first this gritty type of independent film with a couple of actors I knew. Mark Ruffalo who I just recently saw in In the Cut and Kathleen Robertson who I have seen in Scary Movie 2.

The film is about Mark who plays Coles, a wanna be director who meets Sam, a simple girl who lives with her roommate, Thea, played by Robertson. Coles, Sam, and sometimes Thea hook up, but it is Sam and Coles that truly fall for each other. But when Coles goes too far with Thea, Sam breaks it off with him. They meet again ten years later coincidentally and despite Coles being in a serious relationship, questions if he still has feelings for Sam.

It's an interesting movie, but I did like it's true honest drama and human emotions. Although I felt like I could easily see these situations on a talk show, it still wasn't a bad movie to watch.


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Release Date:

18 July 2003 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,089, 13 April 2003

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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