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Kissing on the Mouth (2005)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 12 March 2005 (USA)
Raw. Honest. Naked. "Kissing on the Mouth" is post-college life in close-up. Ellen is sleeping with her ex-boyfriend while trying to ignore the fact that he's looking for more than just sex... See full summary »


Joe Swanberg


Kevin Pittman, Kris Rey (as Kris Williams) | 2 more credits »




Credited cast:
Kate Winterich Kate Winterich ... Ellen
Joe Swanberg ... Patrick
Kevin Pittman Kevin Pittman ... Chris Bucket
Kris Rey ... Laura (as Kris Williams)
Julie VanDeWeghe Julie VanDeWeghe ... Model
Ryan Burg Ryan Burg ... (voice)
Annie Gomberg Annie Gomberg ... (voice)
Kevin Bewersdorf Kevin Bewersdorf ... (voice)
Mary Lee Giacalone Mary Lee Giacalone ... (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ivan Albertson Ivan Albertson ... TV Voice (voice)
Mike Hagan Mike Hagan ... TV Voice (voice)
Mike Swanberg Mike Swanberg ... TV Voice (voice)


Raw. Honest. Naked. "Kissing on the Mouth" is post-college life in close-up. Ellen is sleeping with her ex-boyfriend while trying to ignore the fact that he's looking for more than just sex. Her roommate, Patrick, isn't helping matters with his secretive and jealous behavior. The small cast served as the only crew on this intimate and humorous film featuring real interviews with recent college graduates and a documentary approach to the graphic sex and conversations. Written by Joe Swanberg

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Post-college life in close-up.


Drama | Romance



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unique, but is that the same as excellent?
1 May 2016 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

I'll be frank: remember I sought this out because it was a) Joe Swanberg's first movie, and b) it seemed like it was, in part, a soft-core porno. No, it's not that. It has practically hardcore scenes with the director himself. Unfortunately I remember some of those scenes more than the scenes of drama, which involve the revolving lives of college aged people in love (and some of this looks like people in dorms).

It's so naturalistic that it is trying for something different entirely, almost breaking the mold of both pornography films (the usual rough quality is at least given here a more direct shot-list, I think, than what is usually done by directors), and not unlike the other (must quote) "mumblecore" movies there is no firm script so the dialog and talk between actors and what is kind of breaking the fourth wall about relationships is extreme and intimate and extremely intimate all at once.

When I mean extreme is that we get intimate with these actors to where that line is blurred between what is perhaps, arguably, exploiting the young actors who agreed to be in this (female and male, I mean this involves the cutting of public hair on camera), on top of the emotional extremes displayed. What this all amounts to is... maybe not a whole lot. But I was mesmerized watching this - it doesn't function as a typical porno despite the rampant nudity, and it doesn't function as your typical three-act structure dramatic narrative.

It's experimental and in your face and primal and even philosophical and it doesn't give a good damn what you think of it. That's refreshing for a first movie. I just wish I could muster enough energy to watch it again.

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