Embarrassing (IMDB: 2)
On: 5/13/2021 12:00:00 AM By: NurseBob-2
In 1996's "Crash", David Cronenberg sexualized automobiles, specifically car crashes, in order to spotlight the often fetishistic relationship we have with technology. Writer director Zoé Wittock makes a mockery of this groundbreaking idea (or a bold statement if you're that gullible) with this ridiculous tale of l'amour mécanique-an ill-advised attempt, perhaps, to spread the gospel of "It's Okay to be Different!" Socially awkward teen Jeanne is mortified by her divorced mother's Bohemian exploits and frigidly resistant to the amorous advances of her new boss at the amusement park where she works. She finally does meet her soul mate however when "Jumbo", one of the park's rides, comes to kaleidoscopic life one night and dazzles her with its neon display before giving her her first orgasm. Smitten, Jeanne must now face the uncomprehending vitriol of her mother and her boss' confused jealousy. At least mom's latest bar pick-up seems to understand that different folks have different strokes... A facile script that expects us to believe a dorky virgin would leap onto a crankshaft at the first sound of a whirring cog further insults our intelligence with CGI pyrotechnics obviously meant to elicit a sense of magical wonder over the limitless possibilities of love. Personally I just felt acutely embarrassed.