The movie XX/XY is a realistic and well-told movie about relationships, feelings, and having to own up to your past. The film revolves around three main characters played by Mark Ruffalo, Maya Strange, and Kathleen Robertson. While in college, Ruffalo's character Cole carries on a relationship with both Strange's character Sam and Robertson's character Thea. Although Cole comes across as a most unlikeable personality both women are intrigued and attracted to him. Things morph into a three-person relationship among Cole, Sam, and Thea that is complicated, emotionally charged, and often revolves around the physical connection among the characters. As expected, the polyamorous relationship does not work out in the long run and the three characters and lovers ultimately go their separate ways. The relationship among the three college students is well-portrayed by all three actors. All three nail the motives and the emotional state of their characters perfectly in a situation that may seem unusual, but is actually quite relatable for young college-age individuals. The tale of these three college students is just the first half of the movie. It is engaging and intriguing, due mostly to the complicated and unsettled nature of the relationship between the three characters, even at the early stages of the relationship when things are going well and all three characters appear happy and satisfied.
The story picks up again several years after college when the three are reunited. In addition to their professional endeavors, the personal life of all three are focused on. Cole is living with his girlfriend of five years, Claire; Thea is in a happy marriage with her husband Miles; and Sam has recently broke off her engagement. Upon seeing one another for the first time in years, the undefined and complicated nature of their relationship resurfaces, even further complicated by the existence of their significant others who are very much an integral part of the picture. There is obviously unfinished business and lingering feelings among the three main characters that quickly resurfaces and needs to be dealt with. In the second half of the movie we continue to see strong and emotional performances from the actors, who continue to play their roles perfectly, with just a little less youthful immaturity. The movie XX/XY is a rare and honest look at real life relationships that don't follow the conventional path that movies usually depict. It is intense and heart breaking, and difficult to turn away from.