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Crashing (2007)

R | | Drama | January 2007 (USA)
Having been kicked out of his house by his wife, writer Richard McMurray crashes on the couch of two sexy co-eds where he just might find the inspiration to complete his second novel.

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Gary Walkow

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Cross ... Space Station Man
Caleigh White Caleigh White ... Space Station Woman
Campbell Scott ... Richard McMurray
Alex Kingston ... Diane Freed
Izabella Miko ... Kristen
Lizzy Caplan ... Jacqueline
Devin Barry Devin Barry ... Brad
Holly Reiser ... Revised Space Station Woman
Alexandra Safford Alexandra Safford ... Unseen Woman
Alayna Corrick Alayna Corrick ... Real Estate Woman (segment "Jacqueline's Real Estate Fiction")
Duane Clark Duane Clark ... Real Estate Man (segment "Jacqueline's Real Estate Fiction")
Randall Hastings Randall Hastings ... Barton (segment "Kristin's Bowling Ball Fiction") (as Randy Hastings)
Nora Kirkpatrick ... Barton's Girlfriend (segment "Kirstin's Bowling Ball Fiction")
Nash Garrison Nash Garrison ... Barton's Bud #1 (segment "Kristin's Bowling Ball Fiction")
Patrick Graves Patrick Graves ... Barton's Bud #2 (segment 'Kristin's Bowling Ball Fiction)
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Storyline

Richard McMurray's first novel was a success, but his second novel is sitting unfinished on his computer in his house, which his wife just locked him out of. After a speaking engagement at a local college, Richard accepts the invitation from two sexy college students to crash on their couch. He should only be there for a day or two but legal battles with his soon-to-be ex-wife, pressures from his editor and publisher, and more importantly, his new-found inspiration just might keep him there longer. He's using them as his muses, they're using him for writing guidance, but what are they all supposed to do about that sexual tension? Written by napierslogs

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A writer's best work is between the covers.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content and brief drug use

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA

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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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[last lines]
Diane Freed: [sleepily] What time is it?
Richard McMurray: Late. But I've got a title, "Crashing on the Couch".
Diane Freed: [sleepily] Drop "on the Couch".
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Clever witty dramedy that includes accurate writing tips
14 July 2016 | by missrriSee all my reviews

This small-budget independent film requires multiple views, because the plot seems different with every watch. At first, the film seems like a middle-aged author- professor's sexual fantasy - living in an apartment with two 19-year-old attractive female students who are open to all experiences (drugs, casual sex etc.). Then, on second thought, the film proves to be intellectually stimulating for it provides the watchers not merely a man's schoolgirl fantasy, but it provides some free-of-charge very accurate and very helpful tips on creative fiction writing and novel writing - the kind you pick up in writing classes. After watching it a couple of times, the film grows on you in terms of plot presentation technique and character development, and you accept the gratuitous writing advice wrapped up in a man's one-week sexual odyssey.

What's even more clever about this film's scenario is the fact that Richard (Campbell Scott) ends up in his ultimate fantasy without him actually provoking it per se. He merely accepts the invitation of crashing on a couch, without sending off signals about being sexually attracted to the female students, and yet, they are the ones who pursue him and make a pass at him. Thus, the film implies Richard's sexual quest to be Kristen's and Jacqueline's choice, not his. He merely plays along on the 'song' chosen by the two young women. His advances towards another female character at the beginning of the film proving unsuccessful, he ceases to emanate availability, but things actually turn in his favour without his deliberate efforts.

Campbell Scott acts marvellously in the role of egocentric author and occasional writing professor Richard McMurray, and he adds the right amount of seduction, humour and quirkiness to the character. He might, as well, have told Diane: ''I was there, just minding my own writing, when these two started sleeping with me.'' The comedy of the situation is nicely dealt with by a cool and self-controlled Campbell Scott who, apart from occasional mishaps, always says the right things and the right double-meaning advice at the right time, without ever turning into an old perv who gets what he wants out of every situation.


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