MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -3

Eddie (Josh Charles) is a college transfer student assigned to a dormitory room with Stuart (Stephen Baldwin). They begin an "odd couple" existence. Eddie is neat and orderly while Stuart is messy. They are soon joined by a third roommate, Alex (Lara Flynn Boyle). Because of her name, she has been mistakenly classified as a male and assigned to a male room. When trying to correct the mistake doesn't work, Alex accepts the "temporary" situation. Reluctant at first, the three eventually become good friends. Alex has a sexual attraction to Eddie, who admits to being homosexual. Stuart's over-active hormones make almost any girl, including Alex, alluring. Eddie doesn't openly flaunt his homosexuality, but does admit an unnatural attraction to Stuart. Their exploration of friendship and sexual relationships is the focus of the film. Its predictability becomes boring. Billed as a comedy, THREESOME's theme is anything but funny.

The film defines its purpose in the opening lines with the definition of the term "deviate." The Latin translates to "wandering from the road," while the other definition is "abnormal sexual practices." The film shows both. Part of the story deals with Eddie's reluctance to admit he's homosexual even though he's attracted to men. Alex arranges a date for him with the male desk clerk in the dorm, but Eddie runs from him. Alex openly flaunts her sexual desire for him and almost rapes him on a date. Despite a promise to be friends without sex, Alex has sex with both Eddie and Stuart, telling each not to tell the other. The three often flaunt their living arrangement in public and use graphic sexual mime to shock people. On a weekend outing, they rent a convertible, steal a yard gnome and mime sex for passing cars. They go skinny-dipping, exposing the viewer to male and female rear nudity, and their sun-bathing is interrupted by a church kids' hike. There is also breast nudity as we are introduced to Stuart's sexual promiscuity. Stuart also accounts for most of the obscenity and crude comments, although Alex contributes her share. Based on subject matter and content, THREESOME should carry an NC-17 rating.

Preview Reviewer: Paul R. Bicking
TriStar Pictures, 9000 Sunset Blvd., #711, Los Angeles, CA 90069

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (20) times - Mild 5, Moderate 15

Obscene Language: Many (48) times (f-word 27, s-word 8, other 13)

Profanity: Many (11) times - Regular 6, Exclamatory 5

Violence: Few - Moderate (slaps, cut arm from fall)

Sex: Four times (graphic twice, once with nudity, implied twice)

Nudity: Several times (Breast nudity twice, male and female rear several times)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Almost continuous (sex acts mimed, girl shares bathroom with boys, numerous discussions)

Drugs: Alcohol abuse condoned; cigarette smoking

Other: Homosexual lifestyle, lying, theft condoned

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Intended Audience: Young adults

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