The machinations that follow their discovery of this strange turn of events form the bulk of the storyline, as each attempts to stab his friend in the back in order to win Mias affections. The film fails, however, because its portrayal of the three desperate men is so uncanny that it's impossible to establish even the slightest empathy towards them. Consequently Whipped degenerates into a succession of base sexual jokes and charmless attempts at emotion before finally running out of steam after 90 minutes. Its denouement is doubtless intended to be seen as a pro-feminist statement, but merely indicates that women can be just as shallow and unpleasant as men. In the hands of an independent European filmmaker, Whipped could have been a comedy of style and panache but, as it is, the movie is a joyless experience.
On the DVD: Whipped on DVD has good, yet unremarkable, sound and picture quality. There are no extras aside from a trailer, which gives a fair indication of the less-than-stunning experience ahead. --Phil Udell
There is one solitary laughable element in "Whipped". Namely the fact that not once, during the amigo's detailed discussions of their bodily functions and the oral talents of the bed partners they trash, do the other customers in the diner turn around and say, "Dude, we're trying to EAT here."
To see quality gross-out humor, try a classic like "Blazing Saddles".
To see love-rat buddies hanging out, slagging and bragging on their women as they eat and imbibe, rent "Swingers". Priceless bits: "How long will you guys wait to call your babies?" "6 days." Plus the luminous Heather Graham.
To see the lovely Amanda Peet at her snarky, man-eating best, try "Saving Silverman", a.k.a. "Evil Woman". That flick also has the sweet Amanda Detmer ("Final Destination"). Plus the excellent Steve Zahn.
But this - merciful God, this. It's truly unfortunate that a buddy movie with a great setting, a smart, cute heroine and three possible pairings had to have such a cop-out ending.
The leads are very attractive and approach the material with relish - let's hope more worthy projects are in their future.
P.S. - 30 "whip-oosh" sound effects to the screenwriter for use of the phrase "You go, girl". It was tired in 2000, and it's tired now.
"Whipped" has similarities "In The Company of Men", but is a much lighter and funnier film. The story centers around three men in their twenties who look at sex like a sporting event. Every Sunday they gather at a diner and compare tales of their latest conquests. Everything is going well for the guys until Mia (played by Peet) comes into the picture.
While the script isn't 100% hilarious, it does have some great moments. There are some good lines and a smattering of funny scenes, albeit cynical humor. Rather than write about them, see the movie and judge for yourself.
"Whipped" is not a great film, but it does have some good laughs. If you liked comedies like "Love Stinks" and "After Hours", you'll most likely enjoy "Whipped".
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