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Review by: Graeme Kay | Rating: Two

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: None listed

GIRL/BOY, gedditt?

Finely tuned love story set against the backdrop of college/post-college life in America in the early 1990s.

Coles Burroughs is a footloose animation student who strikes up a friendship with fellow co-eds, Sam, and her friend, Thea.

Together, they swing their way through their final year in college, taking drugs, partying and having random sex with each other.

Eventually, Sam and Coles fall in love but his refusal to commit and his willingness to cheat on her mean they cannot stay together.

Cut to ten years down the line: Coles in now an up-and-coming director who is in a steady relationship with Claire.

Quite by chance he meets up with Sam again, she has been in England and is engaged to be married.

Before long Sam and Coles have re-engaged with Thea, and the three of them start to socialise again - with partners in tow.

Sparks soon begin to fly as Sam and Coles realise that there is unfinished business between them.

Will they resist temptation or will desire get the better of them? Well…..

The themes that Austin Clark tackles here - friendship, infidelity, the different emotional needs of men and women - are not new, but he keeps things fresh with his energetic but unfussy direction, low-budget sets and his punchy, economic script.

Mark Ruffalo (currently starring in In The Cut) is more than convincing in the role of the feckless but likeable Coles, while Maya Stange, as Sam, and Kathleen Robertson, as the siren-like Thea, provide strong back-up.

While this movie is unlikely to set the world on fire it's an enjoyable enough piece that is well-worth the price of admission. See it while you can.

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