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Mighty Movie Podcast: Lynn Shelton on Humpday

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I do so love the comedy of discomfort -- you know, the kind of thing that pokes us where we're tender, has the nerve to call attention to it, and then makes us laugh at our sensitivity. Doesn't really get done often, because there's a grand risk involved: This is the kind of thing where if you don't have the chops -- the intelligence, the skill with nuance, the ability to willingly embrace the humanity found in the flaws -- you can wind up with an unholy mess.

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Lynn Shelton gets it right in Humpday. The tale of two friends who back themselves into a corner when they resolve to make an amateur porn video together, the film gets good laughs from its examination of the straight male's anxiety over his nascent gay side, and how that anxiety can derail any attempt at more vital, emotional outreach.

Plus, it's got lesbians with dildos. I don't know about you, but I don't consider my summer complete until I've seen a film that has lesbians with dildos.

Here's my interview with Shelton:


For more fun with fondling, check these MMP episodes:


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