Shortbus: Directed by John Cameron Mitchell. With Paul Dawson, Lindsay Beamish, Adam Hardman, Sook-Yin Lee. A group of New Yorkers caught up in their romantic-sexual milieu converge at an underground salon infamous for its blend of art, music, politics, and carnality.

There’s a familiar saying that “you’ll know porn when you see it”, and while I feel this movie falls well within what normal viewers would consider pornography, the film itself doesn’t feel pornographic to me. Sure there’s P-in-V sex depicted, there’s P-in-M (of both flavors!), there’s plenty’s of topless people, and even an ongoing never stopping orgy happening in the background of many scenes. But still I don’t feel the film rises to the level of puerile adult entertainment, there’s an earnest search for something in the film that some of the characters find, but other never do, and it’s the intersection of the various groups that makes it interesting.

Let the kids skip this one, but if you’re interested in an interested film, this is a good one.

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