Now & Later: A Hybrid of Anti-Imperialist Lectures and Garishly Lit Copulating
Now & Later is a hybrid of three kinds of porn: softcore (sex wedded to narrative, threaded with a romantic artifice), hardcore (if the full-frontal copulating isnt real, its so artlessly staged that it might as well be), and lefty-ideological. Indicted banker Bill (stilted stud James Wortham) skips bail and is temporarily taken in by Angela (Shari Solanis), the L.A. illegal-immigrant version of a Magical Negro, who gives him a lost-weekend education in free love and anti-imperialism. Angelas freshman-reading-level indignation (You people, she repeatedly sneers of Americans) is pitched as high wisdom compared with former master of the universe Bills total ignorance: He cuts off one of her between-fuck Iran-Contra lectures with the dismissal You read too many novels. For all of its subtext-free critique of American hypocrisy, Now & Laters sex is strictly all-American. The main couple cycles through the usual combinations of straight porndude gets head, dude watches girl masturbate, dude fucks girl up the ass using unconventional lube. A boy-boy-girl threesome fizzles almost as soon as its initiated when Bill protests that he cant; inexplicably, Angela passes over the opportunity to give him the one you people lecture that he might actually deserve. Worse, all of this sex is so garishly lit and unimaginatively framed that its not even fun to watch.
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