March 18, 2011
'Monogamy' No MPAA rating Running time: 1 hour, 36 minutes Playing: At Laemmle's Sunset 5, West Hollywood; Laemmle's Playhouse 7, Pasadena
March 18, 2011 |
In "Monogamy," Israeli-born actress Meital Dohan receives top billing for a movie in which she doesn't speak and is only referred to as Subgirl, an e-mail handle. All that's seen of her is what's captured through the lens of Theo (Chris Messina), the photographer protagonist, who unwittingly finds himself chasing this sexually adventurous woman. She is a silent enigma, the one thing standing between an engaged man and monogamy. "The character is a fantasy," Dohan said, perched on a white sofa in her sunny Los Angeles home.
March 18, 2011 |
If you ever thought the peekaboo ominousness of "Blow-Up" or "The Conversation" could be the template for a relationship fidelity drama, "Monogamy" is your movie. Set in New York, director/co-writer Dana Adam Shapiro's small-scale indie ? his first narrative feature after the acclaimed documentary "Murderball" ? charts the obsessive neurosis of Theo (Chris Messina), a wedding photographer whose arty side project is being hired by clients to take their picture unwittingly in on-the-street situations.
February 24, 2011 |
It's been a long time since Peter and Bobby Farrelly, the onetime wunderkind kings of juvenile comedy, ruled the genre. "Dumb & Dumber," the doofus classic that defined a dorm-room generation, was released back in 1994, and the brothers' last bona fide hit, "Shallow Hal," opened nearly a decade ago. Now Peter, 54, and Bobby, 52, are attempting a comeback by exploring more, er, adult problems. This weekend they open "Hall Pass," their first R-rated comedy in 11 years, about two friends whose wives give them permission to cavort like single men for one week.
December 7, 2009 |
In his Nov. 22 Times Op-Ed article, "Monogamy isn't easy, naturally," biologist David P. Barash claims that because monogamy is rare in the animal world, it is therefore unnatural behavior for humans. The logic of the argument is critically flawed. In stating that dedication to a single individual is "against" human nature and that no one is "cut out for monogamy," Barash fails to recognize that the human is unlike any other creature on the planet. Comparing our behavior patterns to birds or animals may, at times, prove helpful in understanding our species, but it should not be used to determine what is and what is not "natural" for humans.
November 22, 2009 |
Right-wing pro-marriage advocates are correct: Monogamy is definitely under siege. But not from uncloseted polyamorists, adolescent "hook-up" advocates, radical feminists, Godless communists or some vast homosexual conspiracy. The culprit is our own biology. Researchers in animal behavior have long known that monogamy is uncommon in the natural world, but only with the advent of DNA "fingerprinting" have we come to appreciate how truly rare it is. Genetic testing has recently shown that even among many bird species -- long touted as the epitome of monogamous fidelity -- it is not uncommon for 6% to 60% of the young to be fathered by someone other than the mother's social partner.