Tweet Image via Columbia Pictures Fire and desire. Explosive arguments and inevitable make-up sex at obnoxious volumes. These are vignettes of a bipolar relationship: In many cases, the unstable element in these volatile bonds is youth. And oh, to be young, in love, and catastrophically immature.
He has adult responsibilities, yet actively resists adulthood. Beneath this exterior is a love story—a dysfunctional one, to be precise. Jody and Yvette, the mother of his oldest child, love each other, flaws and all. Their situation is relatable to some, but too unstable to be celebrated without pause. Jody and Yvette are bound by three key ties: The cascading effects of their respective upbringings bleed into their relationship.
Together, Jody and Yvette are a glaring case of arrested development: It blends into a powder keg, and, on occasion, their attempts to solve problems only worsen the situation.
Sex is dangerous; it pollutes as quickly as it empowers. But part of the reality is how sex, a potentially unstable agent, is erroneously used as a solution. And sex is temporary relief, it solves nothing long-term. Employing pettiness to get it is as problematic as using it as a fix. Another interrogation escalates to the point of Jody and Yvette putting their hands on each other. It ends with him reflexively slapping her.
Again, an orgasm is a temporary resolution. It resolves nothing in this instance, and the fact that Jody would resort to it is an alarming indicator of how they both view sex. Every day, we are being fed Cosmo-platinum crap that highlights the beautiful people. This has a lasting effect on the way we view each other and how much and what type of respect we give and get.
This film is for immature audiences who have made serious mistakes on all fronts. He understands the unhealthy trials and tribulations all too well. Youth amplifies emotions, making things feel more dire and intense. We want to see their story draw to a fairytale conclusion where love conquers all and they ride off into the sunset on shiny inch rims as a family. Their intentions are good, even when their moral compasses are pointing in the wrong direction. For Jody and Yvette, the desire to do right is constantly impeded by childish behavior.
Regardless, you want to see them do right by and with each other. In a world where doomed couples cohabitate purely because of the economic benefits and people settle for less than who and what they want out of fear of being lonely, you want to see Jody and Yvette challenge that. When Jody and Yvette say it to one another, you believe them.