John Stewart Muller
The supporting characters of Fling are a bit more concerned, asking, “Doesn’t it bother you?” Of course it does, but what sort of swingers would Mason and Samantha and Ted and Alice be if they let you in on their denial?
Anyway--and not to spoil it--Mason falls for Olivia (for no apparent reason, really, other than to give Bush a few extra scenes), and Samantha’s feelings for James come back. Cue the jealousy, hypocrisy, and--why not?--pregnancy.
Up to this point, director John Stewart Muller’s debut is about how open relationships always fail, will leave everyone involved broken, and are probably a hell of a lot more exciting in real life. And it stays that way until the ending, which is an absolute betrayal of every hammy scene that preceded it. If we’re supposed to think swingin’ ain’t the way to go, then why is everyone so damned happy and hugging in the end? A few more piano notes and we’d have ourselves an episode of Full House.
So what’s the point of Fling? There isn’t one, except that if you get plastered and bang your ex in a hotel room, you’ll end up happier than, say, someone who writes for a living. Hmph!
The Making of Fling (11:14): Shot by two Kansas City college students who worked on Fling, these “video diaries” take an enthusiastic and very amateur behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making a movie. Topics included the cast and what the crew does.
Video Vignettes (4:09): There are three quick ones here, with the cast/crew commenting on the movie and its themes.
Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary (12:04): The nine scenes (available to view separately or as a bunch), none of which add anything to the story, can be viewed with commentary by Muller, Boersma, and Schroeder, who explain why each was cut.
Also included is a Digital Copy of Fling.