Prurience is a difficult thing for a vicious, sometimes very catty, reviewer. What I mean is watching a movie because someone you find very attractive is in it, regardless of what the movie is. On occasion, a pretty person and a good movie intersect. Each of us has our pretty people and their movies that totally suck or rule or are just mediocre.
I have to admit that one of mine is Nick Stahl. Unfortunately that means I have seen more mediocre and bad movies than good ones.
Taboo has a cast of 6 evenly divided (male and female). They play a game called Taboo where each person is given a sexual question to answer, then the questions are shuffled and people read a question and answer that belongs to someone else. There is no guessing, just the questions and answers. Now fast forward a year. Despite it being stormy and New Years Eve, a package gets delivered. There are 5 cards with one word that represents the sexual deviance admitted secretly in the game the year before. Then new games start. It’s sort of like clue with pretty college graduates. I will say that it is an ensemble cast and they all do equally well (mediocre but not terrible). I can also say that the plot is gossamer. Either it works well and is pretty to see, or it falls apart at the touch.
No spoiler warning, just opinions about the cast and some general issues with the delivery.
I think the film was intended to draw a particular audience because, other than Mr. Stahl, the others seem to have made their mark on television for the tween and teen set (now in early adulthood, I assume). Amber Benson was on Buffy, Derek Hamilton was on Smallville and so on. Eddie Kaye Thomas, January Jones, and Lori Heuring are the rest of the 6 member cast. If you like any of the ones listed, then you won’t totally waste your time watching this one.
My problem with the film is the attempt at humor. The plot is actually pretty dark in a mature way throughout, but the humor doesn’t match it. The puns are entirely lame and they are really the only attempt at being funny. If the humor matched the level of the plot, then the movie wouldn’t be gossamer, it would approach something like lace—something that didn’t just fall apart at the first touch.
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