Fans of The Border TV show will remember the awkwardness of Slade, the computer geek. If you somehow thought Slade wasn't awkward enough on the show and you want to see a similar character on the big screen, then My Awkward Sexual Adventure is your kind of film.
Jonas Chernick, who played Heironymous Slade, wrote and starred in My Awkward Sexual Adventure about an accountant from Winnipeg who wants to marry his girlfriend Rachel. She has other ideas and goes on at length as to why Jordan is an inferior lover.
Jordan goes to visit his friend Dandak in Toronto. Dandak, a true ladies' man tries to help his friend improve his situation.
Jordan also seeks solace in a strip club where he meets Julia, played by Emily Hampshire. Julia is heavily in debt; Jordan needs to learn how to be a better lover. So they strike a deal.
This film illustrates why this kind of a plot is better held in the hands of Canadians. The film isn't afraid to deal with bondage, erotic food, an orgy, cunnilingus, and a neighbour named Naked Tom.
In a film title that mentions awkward, sexual, and adventure, the film delivers all of those elements. Chernick gives us a rather pathetic, awkward character that comes across as a bit overboard and extreme. That does add to the awkwardness. Chernick's awkwardness and Hampshire's coolness make for an intriguing couple, so the film's momentum does pick up once they meet.
Sarah Manninen does well as Rachel, but her character is written inconsistently. A crucial scene has her flying to Toronto to get her man back yet she is ready to walk away from him shortly after she arrives over not wanting to wait 30 seconds for Jordan to do something than any normal human being would insist on doing.
Vik Sahay as Dandak and Melissa Marie Elias as his girlfriend, Reshma, deserve a short film if not a whole film on their own. In a film about sex and love, they have a sexual adventure minus most awkwardness.
Hampshire strikes the perfect tone in playing a stripper who doesn't handle money well and has a dream of her own. Her performance is worth the price of admission or however you are paying to see this film.
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