Air sex. Yes, air sex. It’s a real thing and the SXSW entry “The Bounceback’s” got it. But the Austin-based movie is also about more than that.
It features Ashley Bell, Michael Stahl-David, Sara Paxton and Zach Cregger as Cathy, Stan, Kara and Jeff, a steadfast quartet of friends whose relationship breaks down after Cathy heads to New York for med school and Stan goes to Los Angeles to become a writer. When Stan finds out Cathy is heading home to visit Kara, he immediately books a flight to Texas in hopes of rekindling their romance. Meanwhile, the connection between Kara and Jeff has dissolved, too, but, unlike Stan, Jeff skips the moping and emotes by expressing his frustration through an air sex competition. While wading through air humping sessions and a comedy of errors, the foursome also taps into some serious territory to decide what’s best –rekindle old romances or just leave the past behind.
Don’t let this interview fool you; “The Bounceback” is very much about relationships, both friendships and romantic connections, but when Stahl-David, director Bryan Poyser, Bell and Paxton aren’t digging deep, discussing the Austin-based film community and the challenge of bringing the characters to life, the conversation descends into loads of sexual silliness, all topped off by a remarkable cameo by Cregger himself.