Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (Frears, 1987)

This film would definitely have more resonance if I’d experienced the multicultural revolution in London during the 1980’s. Much of Sammy and Rosie Get Laid feels overtly political and drolly comedic, an awkward hybrid difficult to address. Director Stephen Frears uses a bickering interracial couple as a springboard into the contradictions, fallacies, and misnomers concerning racism and police brutality throughout a few turbulent days in the city’s ghetto. Sounds serious? Not entirely, as Frears injects dark humor and sexual nuance into the weighty material, giving the film a strange and sensual nature hard to pinpoint. Also, the film has one of the great triptychs of all time, a threesome worthy of aesthetic bliss.

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