Sex Appeal: Comedy Teen Movie Debuts on Hulu


sex appeal marks the fifth American film High for Hulu as Shabbos Goy filmmaker Talia Osteen is making her first narrative feature.

Behind the camera, filmmaker Talia Osteen is no stranger to comedy. I know I’m supposed to talk about sex appeal but I must point out that Shabbos Goy is one of the funniest short films I have ever seen. Honestly, I want to see a feature film made from the short! If you haven’t watched it yet, you’re in luck. Enjoy the short film in its entirety below:

Avery Hansen-White (Mika Abdalla) looks forward to STEMCON. It’s the highlight of her year, more so than even the ball itself. She’s in a long distance relationship but let’s just say she’s not the person you want to ask for sex advice. And that, my readers, is where the comedy takes off. If Avery isn’t great at something, she won’t move forward. To become excellent with his sexuality, Avery must ask his classmates questions. It also means asking zoned friend Larson (Jake Short) if he will be his test subject. If you’ve seen romantic comedies, you sense something is going to happen between them. Does Larson have feelings for her or anyone else? Can Avery move on without feeling like she’s cheating on her longtime boyfriend?

If there’s anything I’ve learned from movies, relationships aren’t just about sex. It’s not just about how two people go about it. There’s more to a relationship than just sex alone.

In terms of comedy itself, this film is no different from Shabbos Goy in that it is sometimes uncomfortable. I don’t mean that in a bad way, but rather in a comedic, gritty way. It goes without saying that comedy is so subjective. I think younger audiences will like the movie more than older audiences. Everyone will have their own unique viewing experience. How does someone experience watching sex appeal going to be different from another person. That’s how it goes.

There must be an audience for sex appeal but this critic openly admits the aging of the target population. That’s not to say anything negative about the movie because it’s well done. There is definitely a conversation to come watching it.

DIRECTOR: Talia Osteen
SCREENPLAY: Tate Hanyock
ACTORS: Mika Abdalla, Jake Short, Mason Versaw, Paris Jackson, Margaret Cho, Fortune Feimster, Rebecca Henderson, Tate Hanyok, Hayden Szeto, Artemis Pebdani

Hulu will begin streaming Sex Appeal on January 14, 2022.

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