A Critical Response to Internet Porn

By Kiki O’Keeffe

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While watching the pornographic short film, “Our Date Aint Over Till We Fuck” [sic], I found myself captivated by its subtle, deeper narrative. What follows is a beat-by-beat critical response to the work as I experienced it in real time, before I came.

  • 0:10: Her father says he’s concerned about her grades, but it’s clear that he finds her developing sexuality threatening.
  • 0:37: Oh, he just said it outright: “Ever since you sprouted, it seems like everything is a big secret.” A little on the nose, but their chemistry is sizzling.
  • 0:44: She acts like she doesn’t care, but I think she wants him to keep asking about her life. I hope he doesn’t give up on her.
  • 0:50: Her BLT looks pretty good, too.
  • 0:57: She seems turned on by the scolding. Then her boyfriend calls. Narratively, that is not a coincidence.
  • 1:16: Her boyfriend called her friends “bitches,” and she says she’s tired of their “bullshit,” but they never say why. Intriguing.
  • 1:42: This is a two-minute single shot of her getting undressed followed by a slow-motion shot of her looking in the mirror and swinging her hair. Seems unlikely, but there’s a chance this was directed by Wes Anderson.
  • 2:17: If she had to lose weight for this role, I hope her male co-stars did, too.
  • 3:13: That is only half a shirt she’s wearing. Is it a visual metaphor for the unfinished business with her friends? I can only hope.
  • 3:44: Her dad came back to argue about trust. It’s obvious that they want each other. Although he is at least 50 years old, he’s wearing wide-leg black skater pants and an orange button-down. This is a semiotic cue that they are aligned emotionally despite the generation gap.
  • 5:00: Her boyfriend just called her a bitch after she told him he couldn’t come in. The men are obvious, virulent misogynists, but what does the film think of it? More to come, I’m sure.
  • 5:26: She said she had to study, but she really meant to say was, “I have to fall asleep on my couch in my date outfit with my panties exposed and no blanket.” This continues the visual conceit that she isn’t getting everything she needs from the men in her life.
  • 6:05: The boyfriend’s back in the house. Guess she didn’t lock the front door.
  • 6:50: He is going to kill her, based on this music.
  • 8:19: A bit of surrealism here when she doesn’t wake up after he rubbed her foot on his crotch.
  • 9:07: She said no, but now she seems to like it. Again, it’s clear what the behavior is, but it’s unclear what the cinematic take is.
  • 9:07: And that behavior is rape.
  • 10:54: The subtext is that she would rather be blowing her dad.
  • 14:05: No condom?!
  • 16:02: I think the lead actor trimmed or waxed his backside knowing it would appear in close-up. Perhaps the beauty standards on this set were more egalitarian than I presumed.
  • 17:14: They are looking into each other’s eyes. This is getting really romantic.
  • 17:30: He finished on her boobs. Now I’ll never know what her bitchy friends did.

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