Film review: That Burning Feeling

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Mason Buettner, Contributor Ω

Image courtesy Productivity Media

Image courtesy Productivity Media

That Burning Feeling stands for three things: “love, the thing you have always wanted to do but were too afraid to try, and that burning feeling down below,” director Jason James said while introducing the film at the 18th annual Kamloops Film Festival.

James accomplished the impossible in his feature film directorial debut. He successfully made a romantic comedy about the least romantic thing imaginable: gonorrhea.

That Burning Feeling was a great choice for the closing film, as it left the crowd feeling inspired to get out into the world and take some risks. It also might have left them a little sore from laughing so hard for an hour and a half straight. This was not to be expected from a movie about a sexually transmitted infection.

This character-driven romantic comedy features stellar performances by Paulo Costanzo as Adam Murphy, Tyler Labine as Frank Purdy and Ingrid Haas as Liv Ericksson.

John Cho, who was originally cast as the main character Adam before Costanzo took over the role, plays the film’s antagonist.

The film follows real estate genius Adam as his sexual escapades finally catch up with him bringing his life to a halt.

Adam is told he has contracted gonorrhea and has to get in contact with everyone he has slept with in the last 30 days – a grand total of 14 different women.

Adam fills a 31-day pill container with the numerous prescription drugs required to cure the STI, which brilliantly is how James moves the plot forward throughout the film. Adam connects with his crazy Zach Galifianakis-esque neighbor, Frank Purdy, early in his treatment and the duo spend their days adventuring together in hilarious fashion.

The relationship between Adam and Frank is a close second to the blossoming love story between Adam and Liv. Somehow these two end up together after many unexpected twists and turns, but it wouldn’t be a romantic comedy without a happy ending.

It is always nice seeing familiar places in films on the big screen and That Burning Feeling was full of them for this B.C. resident. Filmed in Vancouver and Mission, the movie showcases the beauty of the two cities as well as the natural backdrop of British Columbia.

All in all That Burning Feeling is one of the better films I’ve seen in 2014, and in my opinion is a must see for any romantic comedy lover out there.