For all of you unlucky people, like myself, who had to sit through Sex Tape, we need to be thankful that The Little Death turned out to be quite the opposite. The film documents (fictionally, of course) several couples all living in the same neighbourhood, each with a different, but connected, story to tell about love, sex, marriage and, um, fetishes. Yeah, lots and lots of fetishes. Weird fetishes? Well you'll have to define weird.
The Little Death is an absolute blast of a movie. The film always manages to push the boundaries of what to show or what not to show, without ever going too far. It's a riot from start to finish, opening on a scene that's awkward, uncomfortable and almost too much for me to handle, yet still somewhat entertaining. It then closes on what is essentially a brand new story that's also one of the film's highlights. Writer and director Josh Lawson, who also stars in the film as Paul, a man with a foot fetish and a girlfriend who's insisting he rapes her, knows how to make a good comedy. His multi-story narrative intelligently intertwines with one another and comes together for a satisfying and embarrassingly hilarious ending.
The film's runtime is cut to perfection, giving each of the story lines more than enough screen time. Cutting between different stories in films tends to work more often than not, but I always end up fearing that the one I'm about to watch just won't work. The Little Death most certainly works. Each story gets its chance to show off a great deal of witty comedy and raw emotion. Sadly, each story also comes with a scene or two that just doesn't work. They all tend to drag at some point or another. Some for a longer period than others. The storyline involving a man who's sexually aroused by his wife sleeping tends to do this the most. It's not necessarily because that storyline is bad, as it's not, but it's definitely the weakest and most uneventful of the stories on offer.
The cast do their best, nobody dragging the film along in hopes that they may once give some emotion. They're all fine. Beyond fine, actually. They're witty, confident and are able to create the most awkward of situations. This film is really awkward, and deliberately so. Without glorifying it or even showing it for a prolonged time frame, The Little Death covers the most unusual of sex-related topics with characters that feel, for the most part, real. Sure, they're all a little odd, each with their own unique way of doing things (lots of things), but that's the point of it all, and it sure does make for a highly entertaining and very unique comedy that hits all the right notes.
To sum up, The Little Death's writer and director, Josh Lawson proves once again that he knows how to do comedy with a film that's awkward, witty, unusual, confident and filled with raw emotion. The Little Death hits all the right notes.