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I'm not much of a "guy" guy, either, and I tend to prefer hanging out with chicks. This is what's really good about Four Letter Words : It gets the "guy" dialogue just right. If women really want to know what men are like when they're hanging out with no girls present, they should watch this movie. I'm not saying all guys are as sex-obsessed and obnoxious as the ones in Four Letter Words, but every guy has had a night and conversations like this at some time in their lives.

But then again, that's what I couldn't stand about Four Letter Words. This is an odd criticism to make of a film, but it was too dead on. I wouldn't want to hang out with any of the guys in this movie. Yet, here I am having paid good money to watch people who in real life I have spent considerable energy avoiding. It was almost like being trapped in one of my worst nightmares.

While I don't think there was a line of dialogue in this film that struck me as false or untrue, I also kind of wish Sean had given Four Letter Words a little bit more of a plot. Essentially, the movie is just guys hanging out. I'm pretty sure most of the film was improvised by the actors, but if Sean had tried to sell this as a script I don't think he would have ever gotten anybody to produce it. "Where are the characters 'arcs'?" I hear the Hollywood development people asking him (a refrain I've heard often trying to sell my own scripts). I mean, it's good the movie doesn't cheese out and get sentimental or sappy, which would have been an easy pit of crap to fall into.

I guess what I'm saying is: Can a movie be too realistic sometimes? Is that a bad thing? I found Four Letter Words to be unpleasant (in a certain regard), a little boring and meandering at times and somewhat pointless. But, that's life I guess. I don't want to come off sounding like Four Letter Words isn't worth watching. It certainly is. And while I couldn't say it's a "controversial" movie, it is one that inspires a reaction. Sean was at the screening and he said the film is going to be making "the festival rounds" soon, so if you happen to see it playing check it out. I wish Sean the best of luck.

And one last thing, I was grateful for Four Letter Words to introducing me to the "Yearbook Yank".That's when guys masturbate to pictures of girls in their high school yearbook they couldn't get in real life. Not something I've indulged in myself, nor have I ever heard anybody cop to this, but it sounds like an interesting concept.

Man, guys are just fucking sick!

 
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