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Netflix Fix: Getting monogomish with 'Fling'

Feb. 13, 2013 at 3:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 12, 2013 at 8:13 p.m.

Brandon Routh and Courtney Ford are only two of the stars of "Fling" who share their love.

Brandon Routh and Courtney Ford are only two of the stars of "Fling" who share their love.

The lines between love and sex must have had a clearer distinction once upon a time, but somewhere between Shakespeare and sexting, things seem to have gotten a little muddy.

Is it possible to exterminate all feelings while still being intimate with someone? Or is what we sometimes call "making love" something some of us can just do - truly no strings attached?

We've all seen that movie, Ashton Kutcher gets the girl in the end, whatever. That's not what this is about.

"Fling" (Rated R, 1 hour and 38 minutes) is a movie about an attractive, young couple named Samantha and Mason who are in an open relationship. They are, as the kids are saying these days, monogomish. They live together, sleep together and, whenever they are so inclined, go on dates and hook up with other people.

The catch: only that they are honest with each other and their respective dalliances.

So when Mason asks Samantha where she's been all night after a wedding, Samantha tells him all about her college boyfriend who showed up and took her to bed. And where was Mason all night? In the jacuzzi with the groom's sister, of course.

It sounds ridiculous, but it isn't hard to buy into Samantha and Mason's relationship. They make fun of each other as they start seeing other people and are playful in poking at each other while establishing their own relationship's boundaries. "Oh is that your boyfriend calling?" coos Mason to Samantha as she continues to explore the old college flame suddenly back in her life.

The two bat off jealousy persistently as they zip from scene to scene with their other lovers, and for a moment, you're almost sold on this idea of "modern love" and "open-mindedness." That is, of course, until Mason becomes too attached to the barely legal girl who has been chasing him for years and Samantha becomes pregnant.

Some might feel like the movie gets a little predictable, but I disagree. "Fling" isn't about who ends up with whom or a cautionary tale about not having an open relationship. It's about growing from our relationships, building up the people you love and realizing what we really want and what we have to give up to get it.

As the credits roll, you should be trying to decide which relationship in the movie was the real fling and whether it actually turned out to be just what our young couple needed to be happy.


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