Ariana Grande stands by a pole in a downtown area. On the hood of a car, a couple caresses each other. They begin to make out and then have sex, much to the horror of man who is sitting in his driver’s seat, unable to leave. Another man points to his friends, in shock as to what’s going on.
At a laundromat, she sits on machine. Two women gaze at each other while taking clothes out of the dryer. They begin to make out. One of the woman’s hands bops the guy on the face as he folds. He moves his head, annoyed. A woman drinks her coffee, transfixed. A woman shakes the vending machine, which won’t release her candy bar. The two women, in their bras, knock over a woman’s laundry basket as they slam their bodies into machine. The candy is shaken from its spot. The woman gets her candy and rushes back to her chair.
At an office, a man gets a drink from the watercooler while a woman makes some copies at the printer. He nods to her as he sips from his styrofoam cup. She turns towards to him. Future sits a cubicle.
The man throws his cup and makes out with the woman on the printer. By the counter, an older man spills his coffee as he watches them. A man runs up the stairs and up to the first floor and freezes. Between the cubicles, the people overhear their noises and look away from their computers.
She rides the bus home and there, two senior citizens begin to make out. The young woman sitting next to them keeps her eyes away, wishing she was somewhere else. Another woman nods in approval.
Back on the street and at the laundromat, she cheers them on as they have sex.
She gives the older man a high-five.
Nearly every couple having sex is considered taboo in American society. The first couple seems to be function as the purpose as to how sex is viewed: shameful and shocking. For some, it’s a political statement (the lesbian couple) while for the older couple, it’s ageism. Meanwhile, the couple at work deals with the reality of being demoted and harassment from co-workers over the relationship.
Chris Marrs Piliero’s effective use of humor points out the ridiculouseness of the taboos and the politics behind it. Each couple seems to be free, expressing themselves in ways they felt they weren’t able to due societal pressure. The guy with the beard was told he was too weird to find someone, the lesbian couple often would unlock hands in public, the co-workers avoided their feelings and didn’t want to hurt their standing at the company while the older couple were dismissed and made invisible.
Director: Chris Marrs Piliero Year: 2017