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Hooking Up (2009)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 21 January 2013 (UK)
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In this over-the-top comedy, the relationships of three girls and fours guys - in affluent, adolescent suburban reality - intersect through the topsy-turvy world of love, power...and hooking up.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ryan Thompson
... Dr. Jordan
... Mr. Kimbal
... John Johnson
... Colin Winters
Allyson Muñoz ... April Winters
Ted Sangalis ... Tyler Smith
Leah Viens-Gordon ... Michelle Jordan
... Caroline Roberts
... Jess
... Tim
... Dave
Amy Deatrich ... Teacher
Lynn Mastio Rice ... Mrs. Jordan
Natasha Giliberti ... Laura - Party Girl #1
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After "hooking up" with a series of guys at a house party, April is the talk of her high school. Her best friend Michelle, envious of all of April's attention, decides to try and follow in her footsteps and become more sexually forward. At the same time, their mutual friend Caroline has become so infatuated with her older boyfriend Ryan that she doesn't realize he's just using her. All the while, John, spends the week informing his two best friends, Colin (April's repressed and confused brother) and Tyler (the subject of Michelle's crush), about obscure sexual urban legends he reads about online, that just somehow end up managing to come true. Throw in the naive principal Dr. Jordan, who also happens to be Michelle's father, and Mr. Kimbal, a chemistry teacher trying desperately to dodge repeated seduction attempts from his students. Written by Anonymous

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After wrapping up a conversation, inviting a teacher to his cookout, Brian O'Halloran shouts "SCIENCE!" This was improvised after several takes. See more »

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When playing Scrabble, Michelle scores 37 points for "INFECTIOUS", but her real score would have been 88 points: 38 points for the letters (including the one "double word" and two "double letter" scores) plus 50 points for playing all seven of her tiles. See more »

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Written and Performed by Tanner Horn
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Some Really Funny Moments, Definitely Worth A Look
30 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

Just saw a screening of this movie and I found it enjoyable over all.

The aptly titled Hooking Up is a humorous look at a lot of teenage social trends that have started to get a little attention lately – casual oral sex which is viewed as a way to preserve virginity, friends with benefits, the lengths girls will go to get popular, unhealthy, obsessive relationships, etc. It then also goes on to highlight a series of sexual "urban legends" (or perhaps "suburban legends" given the setting) which are found on the internet – a gloryhole, rainbow parties, and (the one you'll be talking with your friends about) something called "seagulling" – creating an interesting mix of the realistic and the absurd.

The stars are mostly young unknowns who all managed to do well. Parker Croft (who plays John Johnson) definitely stood out to me, delivering an energetic, poised, and hysterical performance, and definitely got the most laughs. Keep your eyes open for this guy, he's going places.

Of the veteran actors, Bronson Pinchot's cameo role of Mr. Kimbal, a chemistry teacher who is constantly dodging one student's ravenous attempts to sleep with him, was hysterical. Brian O'Halloran, best known as Dante in the Clerks movies, held his own as the naïve high school principal. And Corey Feldman was cast well as the consummate asshole Ryan, an older guy that preys on insecure high school girls.

If I had complaints they would be that it was a little too sprawling and not focused on any particular character long enough. It revolves around 7 characters sort of drifts in between story lines, but they did a decent job of tying everything together. I thought the ending of the Ryan/Caroline story could have been a little stronger as well.

It doesn't have the look of a polished Hollywood movie, but I think it works well for what it is. Especially once I heard about how it was made – by a few friends who pooled all their money together after graduating from college. I definitely respect the "do it yourself" approach they took.

There were some really hilarious moments throughout this dialogue heavy film (a lot of which reminded me of early Kevin Smith lines). I really enjoyed the whole "seagulling" storyline, and thought it was a fresh, independent take on a lot of these cliché teen sex movies. I don't think it's winning any awards, but it's entertaining, good for some laughs, and will definitely spur some interesting conversations amongst friends. Definitely worth a rent.


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