Since "Young American Bodies" has the same theme as every other "serious" web show, I figured this series about several young people's romance and sex lives would be trash, only this time with some naked shots. But it turns out the show on IFC.com (which first ran on Nerve.com) is good honest filmmaking. Like most mumblecore the dialog may seem pedestrian, but that's part of the refreshing realism: no one's overacting, none of the characters are hotshot rockstars or heiresses, nothing is "aspirational" or "viral," and I find myself actually wanting to watch the whole story. Below is the second episode, which begins with a dangling dick and ends in a smirk-worthy sad-sack moment.
Some later episodes lack conflict, but that doesn't stop them from being cute, and this short form can support a couple episodes of light joking. The same spirit of casual and mature portrayal of sex as a normal part of a relationship, even a backdrop for conversation, keeps the story fresh.
Season 3, which is a co-production of IFC and Nerve, premiered Tuesday; a new episode goes up for the next ten days. Watch the whole series here.