This film is a groundbreaking study of a hugely popular, underground sub-culture: swinging. The filmmakers spent a year with three sets of swingers. Their subjects define themselves not through jobs or politics, but through their sexuality.
They follow two couples and a sad threesome through their adventures in the swinging lifestyle, in a documentary that strongly suggests the screwing they're getting isn't worth the screwing they're getting. Even assuming they have an insatiable appetite for sex with strangers, how do they develop an appetite for trolling through the roadside bars of the nation, picking up the kinds of people who can be picked up there? Groucho Marx wouldn't belong to any club that would have him as a member.
Like several of this documentary's subjects -- two young women vacillating between dedication and doubt regarding their swinging lifestyle -- Sex With Strangers is conflicted to the core. Of the three, James and Theresa are the most engaging they're also the most stable. The other couples, quite honestly, are a mess, the men most secure in the lifestyle with their mates trudging reluctantly behind.
They spent a year following three couples, all of whom profess belief in the Lifestyle's core credo: Everyone wants to sleep with people other than their spouses, but most repress that Sign up and add shows to get the latest updates about your favorite shows - Start Now. Created with Sketch. Keep track of your favorite shows and movies, across all your devices.
The scenes where Sara and Julie are shoved together by a greedy, horny Calvin are heart-wrenching to watch. This dysfunctional trio is friends with Theresa and James, a long-term swinging couple who are truly steeped in the lifestyle, and rejoice in taking their RV across the country and seducing couples nightly. During a swinging party, a sad, unenthusiastic Shannon sits naked in a tub filled with couples and reflects, "Sometimes I just want to fuck my husband, you know?
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Though no one here actually lives in a trailer, they aren't very far removed from the mobile-home life. One Washington couple, identified only as James and Theresa, take their R. James and Theresa are friendly with Calvin and Sara and Julie, somethings who work in the food service industry and divide their time between minimally decorated apartments.
A group of seven seemingly unconnected people each receive a letter containing half of a thousand dollar bill, an invitation to a mansion, and the promise of money and prizes if they show up. Arriving at the house, the recipients of the envelopes find a note, which informs them that rooms have been prepared for them, and that their host known only as "J. The guests conclude that they have been called together due to a tontine made by relatives, who all died in a hotel fire during their last annual meeting. Trevor and Priscilla have sex in a bedroom, and Joy and Inspector 6 who was in the midst of donning women's undergarments when Joy walked in on him do the same elsewhere.