Ultimate milquetoast Tom (indelibly portrayed by the excellent Michael Gaunt in an absolute career performance) lives with his bossy wife Mary (very well played by Chelsea Blake, the pushy stage mom from the late Ron Sullivan’s magnificent GREAT SEXPECTATIONS) next door to a weirdo named Robert (Bobby Astyr, a stupendous character actor, sadly also no longer with us) and his neglected spouse Joan, an unexpectedly poignant turn by underrated Tish Ambrose. Devoting his time obsessively to collecting and watching porno films, Robert tries to get his all too prim ‘n’ proper neighbor to acknowledge and share his passion, subtly guiding their frequent discussions from the mundane subjects of everyday life towards involuntary intimate confessions. Joan’s pathetic attempts at an affair with the cluelessly clumsy Tom force him to become an active participant in their little hothouse melodrama, an uncomfortable role for someone who would rather be an innocent bystander even in his own life. Narrative trickery causes the film to fold back unto itself, Watkins brutally deconstructing both porn and movie-making itself in an audacious final twist foreshadowed by the title of the final film the reluctant “friends” watch together : Menopausal Males in Bondage.
Director: Roger Watkins