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Fling
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04.15.2009 By: Mathew Plale
Fling order
Director:
John Stewart Muller

Actors:
Steve Sandvoss
Courtney Ford
Brandon Routh

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A young couple who gets their thrills from swinging runs into relationship problems. Imagine that.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
At a wedding, Mason (Steve Sandvoss) spends the night in a hot tub with his best friend/manager’s 18-year-old sister, Olivia (Shoshana Bush), while his girlfriend, Samantha (Courtney Ford), hooks up with her college boyfriend, James (Brandon Routh, in his first role since Superman Returns). Back home, Mason’s only question is, “Was he big?”

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 EXTRAS
Audio Commentary by Director/Co-Writer John Stewart Muller, Producer/Co-Writer Laura Boersma, and Cinematographer Frederick Schroeder: The trio has a good chemistry, but, like the movie, little insight. Skip it.

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.

Theatrical Trailer.

Also included is a Digital Copy of Fling.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Fling is a weak and shallow debut, one with minimal insight into its subject and characters. Rent a much more enlightening film on the subject: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.
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