The Love Machine

  • 2000
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

A sly, perceptive mockumentary that looks behind the hypertext to the complicated lives of a group of New Yorkers seduced and betrayed by the Internet's promise of anonymous exhibitionism. "The Love Machine" is a sexually oriented website, surreptitiously set up on a New York University physics lab server. Ruthlessly ambitious documentary filmmaker Becca...read more

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A sly, perceptive mockumentary that looks behind the hypertext to the complicated lives of a group of New Yorkers seduced and betrayed by the Internet's promise of anonymous exhibitionism. "The Love Machine" is a sexually oriented website, surreptitiously set up on

a New York University physics lab server. Ruthlessly ambitious documentary filmmaker Becca Campbell (Marlene Forte) smells an opportunity and persuades webmaster Marcus (Randolph Graff) to divulge the real names and phone numbers of some of his site's users. Becca then coerces five of them into

being interviewed for what she claims (lying through her teeth for the first of many times) will be an experimental student film. All are connected with NYU, none knows the others and all have day-to-day lives more or less at odds with their web personas. Middle-aged divorcée Beverly

(Elizabeth Wunsch), a grant writer, chronicles her affairs with two younger men in a web diary; teaching assistant Chip (producer Chip Garner) is trolling for a boyfriend; married professor Julio (Gary Perez) posts photos of students he's seduced to his "Macho Time" page; student Shino (Tomo

Omori) uploads titillating snapshots her boyfriend (Will Keenan) has taken of her. Photography student Akira (Jun Suenaga) has the most complicated double life of all: He's living with boyfriend Javier (Al Rodriguez) while engaged to the demure Kyoko (Kayoko Takahashi). All are played by actors

who perfectly capture the mannerisms of amateurs on camera. Becca, who practices filmmaking as a form of emotional terrorism, cajoles, badgers and tricks her subjects into revealing far more of themselves than they intend. Writer/director Gordon Eriksen finances his independent movie career by

designing web pages, so he knows this territory well; the twist is that he's far less interested in web technology than the paradoxical way people use it to expose and hide from themselves.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: A sly, perceptive mockumentary that looks behind the hypertext to the complicated lives of a group of New Yorkers seduced and betrayed by the Internet's promise of anonymous exhibitionism. "The Love Machine" is a sexually oriented website, surreptitiously… (more)

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