The movie is not only about Harry and Sally. It includes interviews with
old married couples they stay together for many years, never abandon,
although experience is different, everyone can not escape to the word
"meet". A few old couple quite lovely, some long time not say a word,
some say one is the concluding speech. The film along with many couples
is very special and interesting. It’s the mirror of the story. The
director used several couples’s love, marriage processing and finally
Harry and Sally review end the whole film punctuates the whole story.
the whole film gives us natural feeling, also with a relaxed quiet and
grace. The movie all about Harry and Sally is simple. More than two
people can tell us universal message about love and life.
The movie agreed the question about “men and women cannot be friends”, Harry’s answer is “no man can be friends with a woman he finds attractive, he always wants to have sex with her.” This saying was disapproved of Sally. And they departed from each other unhappily. Five years later, they met again, at the airport. At that time, they all met their life partners, and this made Harry change his mind that man and woman could be friends when they all had their heart partners. After Harry had commented at this topic, his final conclusion is because of the sex, man and woman could not be friend, which made sally detested again. Another five years past, Harry and Sally both lost their life partners, and became friends to do the events between friends, such as eating dinner, talking their load on their minds and so on. They became friends without sex in the way. But when they had sex, they departed from each other, most the reason is Harry’ s theory: man and woman cannot be friend, because the sex part always gets in the way. However love is coming around them. Finally they realized they love each other and got married. The end of the movie proved the word when Harry first sight Sally,“the sex thing is already out there so the friendship is ultimately doomed and that is the end of the story.”Can men and women be friends, it’s a very hard question. Harry and 12 years friends 3 mouths lover and a lifetime’s couple tells us there is not really a friendship between men and women. But I've always thought there is. I have male friends, we appreciate each other but we will not become lovers, because friends and boyfriend standards are different.
Two best friends – one straight, one bisexual/gay – hook up just before the straight guy gets married. It’s the start of a decade long affair where the guys meet for one night a year to have sex, catch up and let loose. However what should be a secret but simple bit of fun soon becomes something more complicated for both of them.
That’s the set-up for writer/director Mark Bessenger’s The Last Straight Man, which shows us five of the mens’trysts over a 12-year period. With the film coming to DVD (it’s out this week in both the US and UK), we took the opportunity to chat to Bessenger about his movie, how the actors dealt with the sex and nudity, and whether gay people have a double standard about ‘straight’ men having same sex affairs.
Where did the idea for The Last Straight Man come from?
I wish I could say it was autobiographical, but it actually sprang from the budget. I knew my next feature would have to keep costs down, so I began to wonder if I could set a movie in one location and keep it interesting for ninety minutes. From there, it just built itself up: a hotel suite…one night every year afforded the opportunity to let characters grow…two men…best friends…one straight and one gay would provide the drama…unrequited love and sexual curiosity would provide the conflict…and there it was.
什么人不愿意有那般好的朋友，无论如何耍点儿小心境，无论如何闹点儿小别扭，关键时候，恒久唯有：hey, u r my best friend!
Have you ever fallen for a straight friend yourself?
I’ve had some pretty hard crushes on some of my straight guy friends, but yes, there was one that I was on the verge of falling in love with. Thank goodness it never happened. He was married with kids and it would have been a disaster. But, if he had been gay, it would have been glorious. We got along so well.
How did the main actors, Mark Cirillo and Scott Sell, get involved?
Scott was the first actor cast. When I was writing the script, I happened to see Scott in an episode of a local web show from Detroit, Michigan. It was a horror series, and Scott was great and had the perfect look for the Cooper character. I contacted him on Facebook, struck up a conversation and when the script was completed, I sent it to him to see if there was any interest. He wanted to try out, and I video auditioned him. He did a great job, and that was that.
Another actor had initially been cast as Lewis, the gay guy, but a month before the start of production, he backed out—a director’s nightmare. Several other good actors were contacted, including some who had originally auditioned for the part, but they turned it down, mostly because of the nudity and sex. One turned it down because of the “dirty bottom” joke! Producer Benjamin Lutz suggested I auditioned Mark Cirillo. They were friends because they had both been in another movie together (The Men Next Door), and Mark had done comedy and nudity in that film. So we brought Mark in, and he was great, so the two leads were complete.
<Friends>is like my friend, after all these 10 years coming
I think it quite a tough time to get over it, the people, the characters, the love affairs, the friendship, the forgiveness and the growing up.
Is it true that you initially thought about having different actors
playing the two main characters at each of their meetings? Why was that
Yes. Originally, I thought it would be fun to have different actors play the same characters every time they met. Maybe even actors of diverse races. It would give me the opportunity to work with more good people and add an interesting spin to the film, but the producers discussed it with me, and we ultimately decided it was too gimmicky an idea. The audience would have to get acquainted with the characters anew each time which would make it harder to build upon their story arcs. Plus, each concurrent set of actors would have to work within ever-tightening parameters, as they could only perform within the boundaries set by the preceding actors, which wouldn’t be as much fun. So we scrapped the idea.
<Friends>is quite a greatest piece of masterpieces from NBC. The programme has brought people so many laughters, tears, love and touching moments. I believe no one would ever forget the scenes whenever you saw them, and the actors have left us so many memories, passing these 10-year-time.
Due to the setup of showing us some of the men’s yearly meeting, there’s
a fair amount of nudity and sexual situations. Was that difficult to
handle on set? Were the actors concerned about it at first?
Mark Cirillo had done nudity in previous films so it wasn’t a big deal to him (although now that the movie is done, he has told me he’s amazed at how much skin and sex there is in it), and when we were recording the audio commentary for the DVD, Scott revealed that ‘those’ scenes had almost prevented him from accepting the role. Both actors were very brave, but I have to give special props to Scott, who basically flew across the country to meet a group of people he didn’t know and get comfortable enough around us to take off his clothes and show butt and peen.