‘The End of Sex’ Review: When Domesticity Kills the Mood

In “The End of Sex,” lust and laughter fade in a strangely traditional comedy about a bored couple trying to revitalize their sex lives.

Directed by Sean Garrity, this film focuses on a common dilemma. How do you keep things spicy in the bedroom when years of cozy home life have killed the mood?

It’s hard to switch gears and throw yourself into passionate sex while you’re in your pajamas and cleaning up your child’s scattered toys, argues Garrity. , parenthood seems to transform adults into blushing, frozen, babbling adolescents in the face of sexual opportunity. The dynamic should be funny, but over the course of an hour and a half, this gentle farce proves otherwise.

Emma (Emily Hampshire) and Josh (Jonas Chernick), two painfully 40-somethings, are given a week off from their parenting obligations when their daughters head off to housekeeping camp. Emma, ​​in particular, is desperate to rekindle the flames. She is in love with her husband, but sleeping with Marlon (Gray Powell), an old art school buddy who isn’t known for his sensitivity, proves all the more appealing. understand.

my nasty sexual adventures, the title of an earlier film by Garrity also describes the events of this film. Wear animal masks and take party drugs to stimulate your libido. Of course, it all fails because Emma and Josh are surprisingly immature, a quality highlighted by the film’s hilarious, motormouth comedic style.

Lily Gao, who plays Kelly, plays Josh’s younger, more sexually experienced colleague as well as his best friend, Kelly. This speaks to why the central conflict feels so hollow and vanilla, as if the issue of monogamy had nothing to do with the inevitable friction between love and good sex.

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Clothed sex scenes and party drugs are rated R. Running time: 1 hour 27 minutes. at the theater.

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