A scene from 'The End of Sex'

TIFF ’22 Review: ‘The End of Sex’ Is Funny Because It Feels True

Scene from The End of Sex courtesy of TIFF

Sex’s End is a romantic comedy about a happy marriage that is on the verge of falling apart after a couple tries to spice up their sex life.

Relationships are unique in that no couple can have the same experiences, the same outcomes, the same problems, or the same solutions. Whether they manage to remain hot lovers for years without end, or the passion fades over time, everything can happen for various reasons, and people will feel differently about their situation. However, neither is indicative of how much the two people involved love and/or trust each other—only they can judge that. AT End of sexas the couple’s kids spend a week at camp, they try to revive their waning sex life.

The marriage of Josh (Jonas Chernick) and Emma (Emily Hampshire) recently reached double digits, their lives mostly revolving around work and two daughters. When the girls go to winter camp, their parents, deprived of privacy, do not miss the opportunity to have loud sex in open doors. But it’s not as passionate or satisfying as they hoped. So, they spend the next few days trying to spice up their sex life by imagining things they never thought about, let alone ever do, including a threesome and a sex club night. However, their adventures create problems in their relationship that weren’t there before, forcing them to decide what’s really important.

This is a romantic comedy that takes place after all the sparks of the first date have long been extinguished, leaving burning embers that cherish and cherish in different ways over time. This film demonstrates that sex is not always the best or only way to show how much you love your partner, or a key element in measuring the health of a relationship. Even if Josh and Emma don’t have exciting sex, they lack intimacy. Many would envy this marriage. They appear to share household chores, cook the girls, and clean the house after their emotional departure together. They know each other incredibly well and are happy – at least until this week, each day of which is marked by the fall of one of their seven lawn gnomes, a clever alternative to credits.

The film does a great job of embracing and showcasing the humor of their situation. He also skillfully uses on-screen text to demystify a couple’s inner thoughts in certain situations, such as faking an orgasm. The comedy is integral and feels authentic, creating a seamless connection with viewers. Their reactions to these unusual situations, especially their facial expressions, are both funny and interesting. Bluenick and Hampshire did a great job, capturing the chemistry needed for storytelling to succeed, as well as delivering a precise comedic moment. Colin Mokri’s cameo is also perfectly acted, making the awkward situation as humiliating as possible.

End of sex premiered in the Contemporary World Cinema program at Toronto International Film Festival.

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Producer: Sean Garrity
Starring: Emily Hampshire, Jonas Chernik as well as Melanie Scrofano

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