Whipped (1999) - Synopsis
Three to one may sound like fairly good odds, but it depends upon the game: when the "one" is one very irresistible woman and the "three " are three hopelessly smitten guys . . . the deck is pretty stacked. In the battle of the sexes, the first rule is never to underestimate the power of a woman . . . you may just end up WHIPPED .
When sweet and sexy Mia (AMANDA PEET) captures the hearts of three best friends, it's a recipe for disaster, and the end of their "scamming" stories at the local diner.
For men who seem to gain as much satisfaction from talking about their sexual conquests as they do from the actual sex, this is a dire state of affairs.
Nothing could be more unsettling to their world of comic wooings. Brad (BRIAN VAN HOLT), Zeke (ZORIE BARBER) and Jonathan (JONATHAN ABRAHAMS) offer an uncompromising and mordantly funny observation of the male ego in its natural habitat-- standard operating procedure for young bachelors in the New York City dating scene.
As self-proclaimed lady-killers, they live for their Sunday brunch ritual, which involves endless stories of seduction and graphic morning-after details.
The captivating Mia, however, quickly brings their self-aggrandizing game and talk to a screeching halt. Stunning, smart, and with a genuine interest in each guy's occupation or pastime, Mia appears to be their dream girl. The dining trio has never met anyone like her.
Furthermore, with her bold and carefree sensuality, Mia is quite likely--unbeknownst to them--their female alter ego. Suddenly, the seduction game has been moved on to a higher playing field. They might actually be out of their league.
Can the men actually survive this bizarre love square and departure from their weekly routine? Is their married friend, Eric (JUDAH DOMKE), who lives vicariously through their exploits, accurate in claiming they've become WHIPPED?
Brad, the epitome of the affluent Wall Street "suit" is always suave in his pursuit of women. His favorite technique is to claim to know a mutual friend, using this "common bond" to establish that he's "safe" and facilitate a successful scam. At other times, he can be downright cavalier, suggesting loudly to a pair of women on the street that they join him in a "Brad sandwich. "
Zeke is a struggling screenwriter whose favorite haunt is a downtown cafe where he manages to write and score. He is as confident as Brad in his pursuit of "fine honeys" and is happy to share his experiences at the diner, even when his "honeys" steal his television.
Jonathan, the less bold of the trio, is content to stay home with a wide selection of hand lotions to "feed the geese" when he cannot "close the deal" with a woman.
And though his status as a scammer ended when he got married, Eric evens out the diner four-top, savoring every detail of his buddies' sexual triumphs and escapades.
When each of the three men meets a special woman on the same weekend, it makes for a quiet Sunday brunch. Brad, Zeke and Jonathan are enraptured, and nobody wants to disparage this newfound feeling by exploiting the details. There are certainly no "stabbin' cabin" stories to share, per usual. Eric is baffled and distressed.
And, when the suitors discover that they have in fact fallen for the same girl, all hell breaks loose. Mia finds something different and entertaining in each man. But for them, deciding that they will each continue to date Mia is easier said than done.
What ensues is a delirious comic transformation that has the men playing a game completely different from the one they had mastered. These self-styled Don Juan's lives are out of balance now that they are not in control. A longstanding friendship becomes a teetering fiasco. Even Eric confronts Mia in a desperate attempt to regain the disbanded diner tradition. The new courting match builds up to an unpredictable conclusion. .. one that even this narcissistic boys' club could not be prepared to handle.
With a cynical fly-on-the-wall perspective, WHIPPED exposes the tactical maneuvers and critical errors that are all part of the perpetual tussle between men and women. While this pack of males may perceive themselves as anti-heroes and Casanovas of the new millennium, they are actually coming to terms with their confusion regarding women. The humorous peek into the thought process and sexually-charged lingo of the "players" of both genders provides a biting satire on this generation's dating scene.
WHIPPED first-time writer/producer/director Peter M. Cohen exposes the vivid, off-color manner in which men and women are inclined to talk when discussing the opposite sex.
Written, directed, and produced by Peter M. Cohen, WHIPPED is Executive Produced by Anthony Armetta and Taylor MacCrae, and stars Amanda Peet, Brian Van Holt, Jonathan Abrahams, Zorie Barber, Judah Domke, and Callie Thorne.