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May 21, 2013

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The Blue Tooth Virgin

by Franz Patrick


Blue Tooth Virgin, The (2008)
★★★ / ★★★★

Sam (Austin Peck), a screenplay writer, invites his friend David (Bryce Johnson), a magazine editor, to meet up because he has great news: his most recent work, titled “The Blue Tooth Virgin” about a girl who has the ability to morph into another body, is finished. Sam is very interested to know what a non-screenwriter thinks about his screenplay, so he hands David a copy. Despite Sam’s circle of friends telling him that the draft is nothing short of brilliant, David thinks that it is a complete mess and chooses to tell Sam the truth.

Written and directed by Russell Brown, “The Blue Tooth Virgin” tackles an issue that we can all relate to and it is able to offer several messages about what it means to be a friend versus a critic, an impartial versus a personal criticism, and the struggle between genuinely feeling happy for a friend and wrestling against the pangs of jealousy.

The picture’s acting requires a little bit of getting used to. When Sam and David meet at the cafe, they are supposed to be friends, considering that one is comfortable enough to ask for what the other really thinks about his work, but the way certain lines are delivered feels forced at times. Somewhere around the middle, there is a sudden shift. Peck and Johnson are more natural and it is more comfortable to watch.

A handful of scenes are effortlessly funny. For instance, when Sam asks David about, specifically, what he likes or dislikes about the script while playing golf, David keeps using the word “unique” and misses the hole every time he swings the club. Just as quickly, the laughs are overshadowed by a more somber tone. As Sam realizes that his friend does not like his script at all, hurt and embarrassment are drawn all over his face and body language. There is a level of honesty. All of us have given criticisms, constructive as well as malicious. Once we put our opinion out there and the person receiving feedback does not like what we have to say, the situation becomes awkward and uncomfortable. Sometimes that’s friendship and it’s not always easy.

I enjoyed watching the way the protagonists complement each other. There is a progression in the way small things–like Sam and David coming from different financial situations, age, and relationship status–affect their definition of passion whether it be about work or what interests them on their spare time. My favorite scene is when David meets with Dr. Christopher (Roma Maffia), a psychologist, because he wants to know the source of his writer’s block. It is unlike mainstream therapy sessions often featured in the movies. Painful truths are spoken about the way people think and behave and yet there is a fitting message underneath it.

I wished there were more scenes shared between them because they do not hold back, unlike what Sam and David have. “The Blue Tooth Virgin” asks if a friendship is still worth saving when it has turned rotten from the inside. If so, at what point do we owe it to ourselves, and to each other, to just call it quits?

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  1. GaryLee828
    May 21 2013

    Excellent review. Did you learn of this movie on my recommendations page, or another way? I didn’t know anyone else had heard of this.

    I watched it b/c I used to watch Days of Our Lives a while ago when Austin Peck was on there, and he was my favorite character of the series, so when I saw he had a film on the way I wanted to see how he was; he needs some work, but I think he’s pretty good; he doesn’t have a lot of range, but is pretty good when he stays in his neighborhood.

    With the exception of the sessions with Karen Black I thought the movie was good. I was really thrown at the end during the last interaction between the main two guys; that was an absolute brutal, and cut-throat dialogue they had.

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    • May 22 2013

      I found this one on my own. :) I like to search for independent movies and I thought this sounded interesting because occasionally I would be asked to evaluate someone’s work whether it be an essay, scientific paper, CD, short story, etc. and it’s not always easy being honest especially when it comes the parts that I don’t think worked.

      LOL for some reason, I can’t get over the fact that you used to watch “Days of Our Lives.”

      I agree with you regarding Black’s character. She could have been written out and it would have had better flow or at least it wouldn’t be as atonal.

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      • GaryLee828
        May 22 2013

        I was subjected to soap operas by my mom growing up; she would record like 3-4 of them every day and spend most of the night after work watching them. If I was in the living room area at all I couldn’t help but see them, but for the most part I would go find something else to do; once in a while there would be a storyline or character that would grab my attention, and I may follow – and Austin Peck’s character had a storyline that I became interested in, and I followed for a while.

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