The Plunge

I suppose a good partner in life is one who encourages you to do new things and step out of your comfort zone. In Omar Khan’s The Plunge, trying new things can be a pain in the arse.

A real connection is made between Jay (Omar Khan) and Emily (Lydia Wilson) after a passionate session of lovemaking. Jay can see his relationship moving forward, and Emily is most likely in it as well. Emily asks Jay if he’d like to try anal—right here, right now. Of course, Jay is “all-in” but needs a moment to rest.

But Emily has something different in mind. She did not intend to receive, but to give, as she pulls out an intimidating dildo from Amazon and strap-on gear. Not wanting to ruin a good thing with his potential soulmate, he reluctantly agrees. Of course, they need lube, so off the two goes to a local drug store for said lube and some unsolicited advice.

“Once Jay is presented with the anal proposition, you see his reluctance…”

Without going into details of the ending, let’s just say the dildo was not constructed well and experiment ends with a trip to the ER. Did I mention Jay comes from a very prestigious family of doctors?

For the most part, The Plunge is a series of three comedy sketches following the Law of Murphy—what can go wrong, will go wrong. It’s masterfully constructed, particularly as a comedy. Once Jay is presented with the anal proposition, you see his reluctance, but just as he’s about the verbally question whether to back out or not, Emily immediately cuts him off with either a more uncomfortable option or a it’ll-be-fun response. Jay has no time to think or process.

Omar Khan and Lydia Wilson make a fantastic couple. Khan’s script keeps the comedy momentum rolling at a fast pace giving you just moments to laugh before hitting you again with another joke.

The Plunge (2019) Directed by Simon Ryninks. Written by Omar Khan. Starring Omar Khan and Lydia Wilson. The Plunge made its World Premiere at the 2019 Palm Springs ShortFest.

8 out of 10 stars

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