What a find in the film/video library in these last days of the Fellowship: “The Lifestyle,” a documentary about swinging among the Social Security crowd that was, according to Salon, judged too hot for even the film-festival crowd:
The film was eventually accepted at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival and later at the Seattle Film Festival. Every other film festival in North America rejected it. Schisgall says that the person who runs one of the best known, most prestigious festivals in North America was convinced the film had been paid for by the Lifestyles organization and “did not want to take the film because he thought it was too positive a portrayal.”
What’s got people so hot, if not under the silks, then certainly under the collar? Good question. “The Lifestyle” presents an utterly banal world of group sex, where wife-swapping is pursued only a little more avidly than recipe-swapping. You have never in your life seen a less erotic take on the subject, although I laughed out loud many times, as when one subject noted that — how to call it? — er, multiple serial-partner intercourse is now called “marathon,” since “those black bastards up in L.A.” ruined the term “gang banging.”
You might find this one via Netflix, but not at your local Blockbuster. Wherever you stumble across it, Joe Bob says check it out.