Jon Bernthal stan Accounts, Batt down your Lukes: The first trailer for Lena Dunham’s new coming-of-age comedy sharp stick is finally here and Bernthal manages to charm himself through the majority of his 230 seconds, gold chains and biceps galore. Hallelujah.
The trailer opens with a flashback in which star Kristine Froseth, who plays Sarah Jo, uses her old white Macbook to Google the time-honoured phrase “two people having sex together” that so many of us used growing up. Some of us started our quest with “muscle man,” but hey, every path to sexual freedom is different, and that’s what sharp stick everything is about.
“I’m not someone who’s meant for love, so I have to put up with it if it comes my way,” says Sarah Jo, mid-20s, confidently, bringing us to the film’s present-day timeline. For her, that love comes in the form of her dreamy, older, married employer, Josh, played by Bernthal. Sarah Jo is determined to act out her love for Josh, even if it means potentially ruining his marriage to his wife Heather, played by Dunham, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child.
Say what you will about Lena Dunham, but casting yourself as the wife of one of Hollywood’s sexiest leads is an instantly iconic move that deserves as much praise as any girl. sharp stick is Dunham’s first major return to filmmaking since her tepid one-season HBO series camping in 2018, and it appears to be a major return to form for the controversial writer. The film reflects the confusing belonging to navigating the twenties that Dunham so deftly flaunted in her debut feature film in 2010 tiny furniture.
After their affair is exposed, Josh goes back to his wife, leaving Sarah Jo wondering if his decision means she’s bad at sex. This sends her on a violent exploration of the power that lies within her sexuality. “Nobody will ever get a chance to do that to me again,” she says while setting up a ring light to take sexy selfies for a website called Clitty Clitty Bang Bang. Start engraving the Oscar now because nothing beats it. I’m deadly serious.
Her adoptive sister Treina (Taylour Paige) helps Sarah Jo navigate the dark and dazzling world of desire Zola) and her mother Marilyn, played by the incomparable Jennifer Jason Leigh. Treina and Marilyn are Sarah Jo’s fearless guides into the world of sex. “I feel like I was born with a crush,” Treina says to her sister. “I was in the nursery and I had a crush on a fetus.” Finally, an accurate portrayal for the constantly crushing, horny freaks out there. Kudos to Lena Dunham for finally moving on to an accurate portrayal of the marginalized!
sharp stick premiered at Sundance earlier this year to unsurprisingly mixed reviews. Dunham called the film her “most personal project yet” during the screening, but some critics felt it lacked depth in its portrayal of sexuality.
But the great thing about Dunham’s work is that it so often divides people, reaching out to some and alienating others. That’s what makes her voice so strong. We could use a film that highlights some complicated feelings and asks as many questions about life and our autonomy as it does simple answers. Besides, we’re glad to have something anythingComing out of this summer isn’t another godforsaken Marvel movie. I’ll take Jon Bernthal’s boobs via greenscreen schlock any day.
sharp stick opens July 29 in select cities and August 5 nationwide.
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