Institute History

  • 1988 Sundance Film Festival


David Burton Morris’s follow-up to his feature Loose Ends, picks up on the film’s protagonists twelve years later. Billy, note-the-brighter or more mature for being married with two daughters, convinces his old buddy, Eddie, now divorced, to join Billy on a trip to visit a lady he’s knocked up. For his trouble, Eddie is subjected to a night-long riff on Billy’s sexual fantasies, preferences, dreams and boasts. Once they reach their destination, the story takes some unexpected twists, and becomes more affecting and humorous in the process.

In fact, the film’s most remarkable feat is that it simultaneously takes on greater gravity and humor as it progresses. The braggadocio of the man-to-man scenes stand in stark contrast to the emotional directness of the male-female encounters, and Morris brightly points out some of the ways the sexes both do and do not understand one another.

— Todd McCarthy

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