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Foursome: Season Two

Image Entertainment // 2008 // 334 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Ryan (Retired) // September 4th, 2009

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All Rise...

Judge Dave Ryan suspects this disc might be targeted at onesomes.

The Charge

"The TV Dating Show That Shows Everything!"

The Case

When you have a show that is basically a Playboy-produced version of Big Brother or The Real World that attempts to cut straight to the sex…well, you don't expect much from it. But I have to admit: Foursome wasn't nearly as bad as I expected it to be.

Oh, it's not really good, mind you—it's still a somewhat inane show that may or may not be scripted. But shockingly, it's less inane that most of its more mainstream reality siblings. Yes, the "contestants" on Foursome are, for the most part, just as shallow and vapid as anyone on The Hills…but at least they're not trying to convince us that they're anything but a bunch of people willing to get paid to hang out and try and score with each other. I applaud that refreshing honesty.

Each episode of Foursome is basically the same. Four attractive people—two male, two female—are put into a luxury condo together, in the hopes that they will get naked and have sex. Each "player" is introduced individually, and then all four play a suggestive game together, guided by a random Playboy model. (There are a lot of random Playboy models in this show.) They then retreat to their rooms (the two guys share a room, and the two girls share a room—at least at first) to get ready for a night on the town. The night on the town is, of course, very suggestive—think "bondage demonstration" or "sex toy sampling" or such. Then, back to the condo, where more random Playboy models are waiting to assist in yet another suggestive activity. Then, nature takes its course.

Or not. You'd be surprised at how many times the couples don à t hook up in these twelve episodes. To a certain extent, that's not surprising—even two really horny people aren't necessarily going to be attracted to each other, especially when only one night is involved. Unfortunately, that means that Foursome doesn't really fully work as what it's theoretically supposed to be: amateur softcore porn—because the results are too hit-or-miss. It's a bit too serious to be brainless, goofy fun like more mainstream dating shows, like Love Connection or Studs. Nor does it fully work as a straight reality show, because one night (however eventful) isn't long enough for complex, interesting, and challenging relationships between the participants to develop (which is what makes for truly good reality TV). Instead, it's usually just a case of realitatus interruptus.

Having said that—I expected much worse. I was bracing myself for something that was only slightly above the level of low-grade porn. But this is actually a legitimate attempt at a reality dating show. But truth be told, Foursome isn't half bad. It has its entertaining moments—and seeing complete douchebags get totally shot down by girls they just assumed would be hanging all over them is always fun. (This is assuming, of course, that you don't mind the raunch and the sex and the nudity. A family show this is not.)

Picture and sound aren't bad—the widescreen anamorphic transfer is clear, and the Dolby stereo audio (English only) gets the job done. There is, of course, a good deal of nudity (both male and female, but mostly female), if that's what floats your boat. The contestants are all young and attractive. No extras are provided, nor are there subtitles.

So there you go. Foursome: Shockingly, not a catastrophe. And, while not really "good" per se, it's actually somewhat entertaining. Color me surprised.

The Verdict

Believe it or not…I think I have to give this one a "not guilty." Yep—I'm as shocked as you are.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 75

Perp Profile

Studio: Image Entertainment
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Subtitles:
• None
Running Time: 334 Minutes
Release Year: 2008
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• Erotic
• Reality TV
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• None

Accomplices

• IMDb








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