Who says Toronto is boring? OK, a lot of people. It's most commonly thought of as the nerdy-yet-arrogant cousin to the suave, sophisticated Montreal and infinitely-cooler Vancouver. Most Canadians outside of The Big Smoke think of Torontonians as stuffy workaholics who don't know how to have fun. Even our latest sex scandal surrounds Adam Giambrone, an ambitious young dork who makes Tiger Woods look like Samuel L. Jackson. img hspace="4" border="1" vspace="4" src="http://www.blogcdn.com/blog.moviefone.com/media/2010/03/chloe438.jpg" id="vimage_2828853" alt="" />
Who says Toronto is boring? OK, a lot of people. It's most commonly thought of as the nerdy-yet-arrogant cousin to the suave, sophisticated Montreal and infinitely-cooler Vancouver. Most Canadians outside of The Big Smoke think of Torontonians as stuffy workaholics who don't know how to have fun. Even our latest sex scandal surrounds Adam Giambrone, an ambitious young dork who makes Tiger Woods look like Samuel L. Jackson.
Luckily, one of Toronto's most prominent citizens, Atom Egoyan, may help shift the city's image into sexier territory with this month's release of his steamy thriller 'Chloe.' While a ton of Hollywood flicks are filmed in Toronto but pretend to be somewhere else, 'Chloe' is actually set here.
The film's trio of sensual stars, Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried, become entangled in a bizarre love triangle orchestrated by Moore's character, Catherine. Catherine is a Toronto doctor who suspects her professor husband, David (played by Neeson), of being unfaithful. To test her suspicions, she hires a nubile young escort (Seyfried) to seduce her oblivious husband.
'Chloe' is based on the French erotic drama 'Nathalie,' which wasn't widely released in North America. Egoyan, as he has been known to do, pushed the boundaries even further than the original, with tweaks like accentuating the age gap between Catherine and the escort.
The film was originally slated to be set in San Francisco, but Egoyan lobbied to have it based in his hometown, which he's much more familiar with. He successfully convinced producers that Toronto could be just as sexy as San Francisco. And why not? Despite its uptight reputation, Toronto has served as the backdrop for many sultry scenes before 'Chloe.' Perhaps it's time to take a sexy trip down memory lane.
With that in mind, here's a list of the top five hottest movies set in Hogtown.
I never understood how James Spader's character could lose interest in his super-hot wife, played by Canuck Deborah Kara Unger. But I suppose people who find excitement in car accidents are a different breed who have...um, unusual tastes. The steamy scenes in this flick, which also stars Holly Hunter, are practically non-stop. So much so, in fact, that it caused quite a stir when it was released in 1996. The fair city of Toronto is featured extensively as the characters whip around town in their fast cars in this film by David Cronenberg.
Ah, Atom Egoyan. He and Mr. Cronenberg are certainly doing their parts to sex up Toronto's image. Egoyan's 1994 film manages to pull off its steamy status despite the fact that one of the main characters is a Revenue Canada tax auditor. Canadian actor Bruce Greenwood plays the taxman obsessed with a young stripper at the Toronto club 'Exotica.' Native Torontonian Mia Kirshner plays the stripper who caught his fancy.
3. 'Lie with Me'
'Lie with Me,' directed by Canadian Clément Virgo, set tongues wagging when it was released in 2005 because of its steamy nature. The flick follows a sexually aggressive woman who beds many young men before meeting her male sexual counterpart. The movie features many, well, intimate scenes between the two.
4. 'Young People F---ing'
Its provocative title created an uproar when this movie was released in 2007. It stars a bevy of young, attractive Canadian actors like Carly Pope, Aaron Abrams and Kristin Booth. The flick, while sexy, isn't as explicit as its title implies. It follows several young couples as they navigate sexual encounters. Looks like the daring title and the ensuing controversy it stirred up did the movie good: it managed to stay in theatres for 14 weeks, and became one of the highest grossing English-language Canadian movies ever.
5. 'Last Night'
This movie by Don McKellar doesn't boast a sexy premise per se, but it does feature a pretty steamy storyline surrounding Canadian Callum Keith Rennie's character. The film follows multiple people navigating their way through the last night on Earth. While many choose to spend their limited time with loved ones, Rennie's character seeks out as many sexual adventures as he can handle. 'Last Night' also stars several other sexy Canucks, including Sarah Polley, Sandra Oh and even David Cronenberg.
Toronto definitely has its stamp on this movie – its DVD cover even features a wobbly streetcar coming off the rails. Not that Toronto has any problem with rigidity. You've seen the CN Tower.