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Zebra Lounge

1 rating: 1.0
A movie directed by Kari Skogland

Alan and Wendy Barnet (Stephen Baldwin and Kristy Swanson) are stuck in a marital rut from which they desperately want to escape. An ad they find in a swingers' magazine leads them the Zebra Lounge, where they meet Jack and Louise Bauer (Cameron … see full wiki

Director: Kari Skogland
Release Date: 2001
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Zebra Lounge

Rendez-vous au Zebra Lounge

  • Aug 11, 2002
Pros: Camera work the best part of the film

Cons: Stephen Baldwin could use a good hairdresser and a bath. And those eyes!

The Bottom Line: Decent enough but no big winner

Well, now.

Since Surg was so nice to bring the DVD player into our homestead because I complained so much about lack of VHS movies at Blockbuster, I thought it might be fair to find a movie we could watch together. She, to date, hasn’t been what you might call pleased with my movie selections.

Zebra Lounge seemed like a good choice. Young successful couples, a little sex, a little fun.

Well, now, who knew?

Wendy & Alan Barnet (Brandy Ledford & Cameron Daddo) seem successful enough. Centered and focused on their homelife and their worklife. However, their sexlife is a little ‘wanting’. In fact, all the jump seems to have gone out of the jumping beans. They need a ‘little something’ to get those beans jumping again.

They try the usual, therapy and so forth, but it doesn’t seem to be working. On a fluke they pick up a swingers magazine at the local porn store. Chuckling, they quickly realize they just couldn’t meet up with complete strangers and ‘do that’. But they are intrigued. They scan their own resources – their address book – to no avail but much laughter, finally deciding to write their own ad.

Apparently, the concept that they would still be meeting strangers is different when they are the ones applying for the strangers.

They hear from thousands of people. Their mail suddenly looks like Santas mailbox on Christmas Eve (wow, that was a bad metaphor in this movie) and one in particular makes the old jumping beans start to quiver. They call the couple and agree to meet at the Zebra Lounge.

What results is every persons nightmare. They can’t rid themselves of the couple after the initial encounter. They want to, but yet they don’t. They liked the little encounter and it certainly got the old bean flopping all over the place, but still ……

Much like the mother-in-law that comes to visit and never leaves, Jack & Louise Bauer (Stephen Baldwin & Kristy Swanson) are everywhere Wendy & Alan go. They show up at Alan’s work and manage to get a lucrative deal for him, they show up at a child’s birthday party, they move in next door. In other words, although Alan & Wendy want more, they also want them to go away. But like bad fish and mothers-in-law, some things never leave.

Nice ending, for once I didn’t have to listen to Surg say “Yeah, but what happens next? Will this or that be resolved, etc.” She just hates those endings that don’t leave a conclusive answer (that Libra thing, I guess). Overall, it wasn’t what I was expecting but I wasn’t disappointed. It wasn’t a quagmire of mindless love and had just a bit of suspense. One murder, which is always a high point, little gore.

Oh, and a lotta sex. But tastefully done.

In fact, the camera work is one of the things that was a major highlight in the movie for me. There was a lot of scene weaving where you were able to watch all four participants at the same time. Almost like a picture in a picture affair, you really didn’t see the sexual acts take place, but the progression of them. A hand, a breast, a butt cheek, all tastefully done.

One of the downfalls was Stephen Baldwin, although he was perfect for the part. He has these eyes – ick. I don’t know, creepy eyes, pale and washed out yet evil. I’m not a big Baldwin fan, none of the clan, but there probably couldn’t have been a better schmuck for this role. Cameron Daddo was kind of a mousy weasel, no nads at all on this guy except in the ending he finally grew a small set. Isn’t a daddo something to do with carpentry? Just asking.

As far as the young ladies, Kristy Swanson & Brandy Ledford, I have only one thing to say – yum. And the scenes between Kristy & Brandy, only two things – yum, yum.

Directed by Kari Skogland and written by Claire & Monte Montgomery, Zebra Lounge isn’t really what you would expect. My one question is the title. Only one scene really takes place at the lounge. Strange, but I guess they had to call it something.

It is rated R for sexual situations, nudity, drug use & language.



Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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