Elena's trapped by her own moral severity and self-imposed isolation. On the other hand, films in this genre are often unpleasant events to sit through. Instead, Elena is awkward and anxious, blaming herself, unable to muster up any righteous indignation or even a reasonably assured performance of same. For those reasons, we strongly suggest that you examine the content should you or someone in your family wish to see this film. Where Elena is withdrawn and self-abnegating, Janey's problem seems initially to be the opposite: And Wendy is experimenting with sex; her wannabe partners are both Sandy and Mikey during a dry hump session with Mikey, she wears a rubber Nixon mask, making the episode unnerving and hilarious. Based in the s, dinner party goers escape the doldrums of their lives through alcohol, adultery and sexual experimentation. Divorce court and big-time teen rebellion would be right around the corner. The performances are first-rate, from Kline's awkward father and manhood problems to Weaver's own version of a human ice storm -- or at least ice princess in this case. A scene where Wendy, wearing a President Nixon mask, is awkwardly groping, and being groped by Markey is hilarious, but in an odd sort of way. But if you're like us, this film is much like the movie "Leaving Las Vegas" -- which also had tremendous performances -- but was also too much of a downer to enjoy. The marriages eventually collapse and the love story between the two men leads to tragedy. While the year is typically narrated as an historical break in national self-confidence, a moment of transition from willful innocence to exasperated cynicism, the story that emerges here is considerably less tidy. At its core, it is a provocative, funny love story that portrays a BDSM relationship as normal. The big question is: Later, Paul, trying to sabotage Francis, gives him some of the girl's mother's tranquilizers, but she then asks for some as well. On one, they often have deep, well-developed characters that actors and actresses will usually sell their first born to play.