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Year: 2002
USA: Indican Pictures
Cast: Josh Hamilton, Harold Perrineau Jr, Isabel Gillies, John Fleck, Vanessa Ferlito, Eric Millegan, Liz Owens
Director: Jed Weintrob
Country: USA
USA: 97 mins
USA Release Date: 27 June 2003 (Limited Release - New York)


Set in Manhattan's cybersex industry, ON_LINE at first appears to be about people getting off without ever touching (if you've never done it you'll learn, from one explosively directed sequence, precisely how such a thing might happen). But the film, directed by Jed Weintrob - a digital junkie from the early days of interactive entertainment - has a lot more on its mind than just sex.

John Roth (Josh Hamilton) runs a live erotic Website called Intercon-X. Though profitable, the site, which he owns with his roommate Moe (Harold Perrineau), keeps John at home in a state of perpetual frustration. We get the sense that John likes living this way: he works between shots of peppermint schnapps and webcam diary entries in which he pines for his ex-fiancee.

Built around revealing and often funny streaming video sessions with net-izens like "man-on-man" host Al Fleming (John Fleck), Internet fantasy girl Jordan Nash (Vanessa Ferlito), self-destructive artist Moira Ingalls (Isabel Gillies) and Ohio innocent Ed Simone (Eric Millegan), ON_LINE uses a groundbreaking mix of new technology and romantic narrative to tell a classic New York story.

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