The Principles of Lust

  • 18
  • Penny Woolcock (2002)
  • UK
  • 104 min
Film Review
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1 out of 5

Another British dud, this supposedly examines male lifestyle choices but fails to strike any believable note whatsoever. Writer/director Penny Woolcock's grimy social melodrama veers between the ludicrous and obvious with a spectacularly exploitative dreariness. What should jobless drifter Alec Newman do? Stay as househusband to working mum Sienna Guillory and her son, who adore him? Or join the uninhibited Marc Warren on the road to excess with pub strippers, high-stakes gambling, amphetamine addiction, juvenile bare-knuckle boxing and group sex? It's an absurdly black-and-white decision that's posed in this downmarket Fight Club meets Intimacy affair (although that comparison maligns those two far better movies). Woolcock's botch-job says nothing relevant about masculinity under threat, but everything about her desperate attempt to be controversial, by indulging in such dull shock tactics as hardcore orgy footage and brutal adolescent sparring. The fine cast deserved so much better than this macho claptrap.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Alec Newman, Marc Warren and Sienna Guillory. Should struggling artist Paul forsake a stable relationship for the vicarious thrills of sex, drugs and high-stakes gambling?

Cast and crew

Cast

Paul
Alec Newman
Billy
Marc Warren (1)
Juliette
Sienna Guillory
Hole
Lara Clifton
Harry
Alexander Popplewell
Phillip
Julian Barratt
Jude
Gwyne Hollis
Lizzie
Kelli Hollis
Bezzer
Tommy Yates
Ray
Skint Eastwood
Dan
Mackenzie Crook

Crew

Director
Penny Woolcock

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Pathé
Guidance: 
Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse and nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Released 12 Mar 2004
Certificate 18
Distributor:
Video Collection International
Categories
Drama

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