Sunday, August 06, 2006
Not "Home Alone" Anymore
In 1990, at the age of 10, Macaulay Culkin became the number one child star in the world, acting in the Christmas themed, smash hit slapstick comedy Home Alone. That movie led to roles in Uncle Buck, Richie Rich, My Girl, The Pagemaster, The Nutcracker and The Good Son. Now, at 26, and after a short break from filmmaking, Culkin has made a reputation of seeking out semi-controversial independent projects such as Party Monster and Saved! It's a smart move on his part, to shed his child star persona by embracing these non-commercial projects. (A similar strategy also revived the careers of John Travolta and Bruce Willis. Can anyone say Pulp Fiction?) Even though, it's been 16 years since Home Alone, I'm sure Culkin's latest announcement will still have some of his older fans slapping their cheeks and yelling "AAAAhhh!" Sex and Breakfast focuses on a couple struggling with their sex life, who -- on the advise of their therapist -- indulge in group sex. I can't wait! I like what Culkin is quoted in Variety as saying about the film: "It's really about the pressure that leads them to experiment, the anticipation leading up to the event, and then the fallout." Or, in other words, "Be careful what you wish for. You just may get it." (Director Stanley Kubrick attempted, less than successfully, to explore similar themes in his final film Eyes Wide Shut,) If Sex and Breakfast is able to capture this often unspoken emotional aspect of male and female relationships, in an honest manner, it should make for a very interesting film indeed. I agree with what Culkin said in the interview. The power of this film will come from being able to capture what a couple thinks it wants and needs versus what it really wants and needs.