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Love, Sex and Eating the Bones (2003)

A sexy urban comedy about how a guy who is addicted to watching pornography discovers love is stronger than fantasy when he meets and falls in love with the girl of his dreams.

Director:

Sudz Sutherland
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hill Harper ... Michael Joseph
Marlyne Barrett ... Jasmine LeJeune (as Marlyne N. Afflack)
Mark Taylor ... Glenroy 'Sweets' Lindo
Meriaka Weathered Meriaka Weathered ... Lisette
Kai Soremekun Kai Soremekun ... Peaches LeJeune
Karen Robinson ... Heather Taylor
Jennifer Baxter ... Trish Papandreou
Ed Robertson ... Kennedy
Kardinal Offishall ... Andre Patterson
Kenny Robinson Kenny Robinson ... Robbie MacKinnon
Ayumi Iizuka ... Gemma Dower (as Ayumi Izuka)
Christopher Lee Clements ... Phil E. Butts
Neil Crone ... Anthony Mingelli
Lanomie Baird Lanomie Baird ... Older Customer
Catherine McNally ... Phyllis Himes
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A sexy urban comedy about how a guy who is addicted to watching pornography discovers love is stronger than fantasy when he meets and falls in love with the girl of his dreams. Written by imX Communications

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 2004 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Eating the Bones See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,648, 5 March 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$116,869, 28 March 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Took a Ride
Performed by Mashia
Written by Mashia Maxwell and Thomas Reynolds
Courtesy of Time Bandits Music
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Poignant and hilarious dark romantic comedy
18 March 2009 | by Ngala RobinsonSee all my reviews

I am so glad I discovered this gem of Canadian cinema. The performances, especially by the two leads, Hill Harper and Marlyne Afflack in the roles of Michael and Jasmine, were gripping and heartfelt. Harper and Afflack were so natural and appealing in portraying the chemistry and the many emotional upheavals of their characters' relationship, that I found myself rooting for this couple to survive against all the odds (Michael is addicted to porn and a regular customer of the video store Pornucopia). The film explores some thought-provoking and somewhat dark themes, such as obsession, sexual dysfunction, escapism and the frustrations of aspiring artists. But comedic touches abound: Mark Taylor (Romeo in the sitcom Student Bodies) puts on a very respectable "Jafakin" accent as Michael's mama's boy/playa friend; there's outrageously campy fake porn scenes from Michael's imagination and from the tapes he loves and much, much more. As a Jamaican Canadian, I loved the elements of black Canadian culture that shine through in the film: the dance hall songs in the soundtrack, eating chicken bones, Caribbean slang, Haitian Creole, lack of punctuality...The black characters also experience the subtle, but damaging form of racism prevalent in Canada when they are dismissed and typecast. However, the viewer is constantly reminded that black people are and will always be an integral part of Canadian life: the characters speak to each other in English and French, Barenaked Ladies and hip hop go hand in hand and hockey brings everyone together. Sudz Sutherland deserves some serious props for his screen writing/direction: the film is well-paced, nice to look at, smart, sexy, stylistically innovative in blurring the lines between fantasy and reality and full of wry, self-mocking, distinctively Canadian humour. I was very satisfied with the quality of the DVD in general, which includes an insightful making-of featurette, but the quiet sound and lack of subtitles were disappointing. I recommend this film highly to all film lovers and especially people who like their romantic comedies with a strong twist (think of Mambo Italiano, another Canadian classic).


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