, and before I go any further, be aware that the movie's central hookup could constitute a spoiler.
It's the sort of surprising sex scene that the trailer might leave out (for several reasons), but then again, it's such a gotta-talk-about-it jolt that you'll likely hear about what goes down long before the movie makes its way to the multiplex.
There are online threads on Reddit and posts on popular websites about the very topic.
On a recent episode of HBO’s , Mark Duplass’ character takes up a job as an Uber driver, and during a low point in his marriage, goes home with a cute passenger. One married Uber driver named Jen posted a blog detailing a hook up with a man she picked up from the airport.
It’s happening on college campuses all across the country: the same multi-stage, highly gendered hookup.
Sociology professor Lisa Wade breaks it down in her engaging, illuminating study, “American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus”: Step 1: Pregame: Get dolled up (if you’re a woman.) Get drunk (all genders.) Step 2: Grind: Dance (if you’re a woman.) Rub your junk against a woman’s trunk (if you’re a man.) Step 3: Initiate a hookup: Turn to face the guy grinding on you (if you’re a woman, and you’ve received hand gestures from your friends that indicate that the guy is hookup-worthy.) Step 5: Establish meaninglessness: The hardest step, according to Wade, who further breaks this step down: Step 5-A: Be (or claim to be) plastered: “If students are being careless,” writes Wade, “they can’t be held responsible for what they did, but neither can they be held responsible for who they did.” Step 5-B: Cap your hookups: Multiple hookups with the same person could lead that person (usually the woman, men stereotypically fear) to “catch feelings” and think a relationship is forming.
and that's when, unexpectedly, James Marsden rips Jack Black's shirt open and fucks his brains out. Dan doesn't want a second fuck, but he also doesn't want Oliver to fuck anyone else: He's weirdly sprung on his good-looking classmate, who's made him feel desirable for the first time in forever.
More important, it's a genuinely interesting twist that distinguishes from the movie you first think it's going to be.
The movie begins oh so conventionally as Black plays dorky family man Dan, who's tasked with chairing his high-school reunion committee even though he's just as unpopular as a pushing-40 adult as he was as a teenager.
"In comedy, you feel like you've seen it all, but this was so subversive," Marsden said after the premiere.
Indeed, it feels like the rare mismatched buddy comedy that finally has the guts to follow through on its central bromance: Imagine if halfway through still has a ruse-upon-ruse premise where Dan struggles to keep all his secrets under wraps, but it's a movie that seems to be building to a genuinely uncertain place, where even the most conventional ending will still be complicated.