30 Beats is set in Manhattan and follows a group of New Yorkers, whose lives are intertwined through different sexual experiences. This all happens during a summer heat wave, which seems simple enough. What better thing to engage in during a hot spell than sex?
The characters run the gamut of professions or descriptions—the virgin, anthropologist, psychic, bike messenger, girl with a scar, chiropractor, operator, speechwriter, call girl and young man. Notable stars in 30 Beats are Paz De La Huerta, Justin Kirk, Ben Levin, Jennifer Tilly and Lithuanian actress Ingeborga Dapkunaite.
I liked the flow of 30 Beats, since when one scene or sexual encounter ended, a person from that scene would be set up to meet the next person to enter into yet another liaison. It was sort of like a chain reaction of lust. However, there wasn’t much to analyze about the moods or character development, although some characters stuck out more than others.
The virgin who set out to have sex with someone other than her boyfriend or best friend-roommate is shown getting a new hairdo and new floral dress, all in anticipation of her deflowering. After she is done convincing the anthropologist to seduce her, he ends up going to see Tilly who is a psychic. After some strange exchange where he’s not convinced about the readings that she is offering, they end up—what else—having sex.
Tilly is a strange sort, as she ends up having sex with the bike messenger, but she sort of wants to define just what the relationship is, and he’s just not having it. She advises him to take the girl with the scar some blue roses and a lemon. She is sure that the girl will pay the messenger some attention. As 30 Beats continues, the girl with the scar is so enamored with the bike messenger, but she doesn’t have sex with him. She, however, is so turned on by him that she seduces and lures her chiropractor into having sex with her, even though he is dead set against it.
Other notable situations are between the operator, who blindly sets out to meet a man, but he is fooled into thinking that he is actually meeting the operator. By some stroke of luck, he figures out that the blind date with whom he has been chatting isn’t really the lady on the other end of the phone with whom he had become infatuated.
30 Beats is a good enough movie if you want to just be a voyeur into other people’s sex lives. Finally, all the loose ends are tied, and the virgin finally comes back to the roommate and they engage in a bit of intimacy. I suppose if they had just become involved in the first place, there would not have been a reason for the movie. In any case, 30 Beats is available from Lionsgate on DVD beginning October 9. Visit www.lionsgateshop.com