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Starring: Parker Posey, Paul Rudd, Mischa Barton and Danny DeVito
Director: Billy Kent
Rating: M18 (Mature Theme)
Year Made: 2006








Languages: English
Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Letterbox
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 28 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Comstar Entertainment




Priscilla chase seem to have everything gong for her with one small private exception... She never thought much of sex. When her husband unexpectedly leaves her to regain his manhood, she embarks on a wild journey that leads her to satisfaction and love in the most unlikely place.


You know that this sex comedy, well, to aptly put it, has its shortcomings when it is rated M18. As distasteful as this review may sound, when a comedy of this genre is not rated R21, the jokes probably aren’t going to be laid out bare.

On the positive side of things, you can have this disc for home entertainment during those parties where lots of time-killing is needed.

The titillating story plot describes a middle-aged woman who has everything in place, from a high-flying career, to a comfortable house and a doting husband. Alas, behind that successful image is a woman who cannot reach orgasm during sex, and that is going to upset her life quite a bit.

In case younger readers are wondering, this is a real-life problem which many busy city dwellers face these days. And what better way to explore this issue than using comedy. Laughing it off and reflecting on one’s own problems seems to be the best solution the world of media has to offer.

In terms of laughs, this 88-minute movie does offer quite a fair share of it. You’d be stifling those embarrassing giggles at those awkwardly funny moments where an unfortunate incident involving a vibrating gadget goes off at the wrong time. You’d laughing out loud at those rip-roaring scenes where a sex therapist gives tips on how to attain orgasm in the most zen-like manner. And you’d be smiling warmly at those touching sequences where the protagonist comes to terms with her true self.

We have the all-rounded and capable cast to thank for these laughs. Indie queen Parker Posey plays Priscilla Chase, the woman who cannot reach her big “O” with, how shall we put it, conviction. Let’s just say this kind of character is not what the typical Hollywood actress would yearn to play.

Paul Rudd loses all his usual charm and grows a bushy beard to play her husband. Viewers of the male gender can probably empathize more with this character. Danny DeVito pops up towards the end of the movie to play a swimming pool salesman who steals Posey’s heart. Eye candy for the young boys comes in the form of Mischa Barton and Heather Graham.

Sounds like this movie is going to be a hoot to watch at parties? It probably is, with the laughs it is going to draw. But there is also something that is holding this comedy back, something that doesn’t allow this picture to reach its highest point, something that will make you forget what you have laughed at after the movie ends.

Oh, it is probably the message it is trying to relay. Director Billy Kent seems to have meddled up the potentially potent story with endless meaningless jokes that do not have much impact whatsoever. The result is a rather shallow comedy that will not stay long in your mind.

But there is something which disturbed us long after the end credits rolled though - In one sequence, Posey was heavily addicted to her vibrator toy, to the extent that she does nothing else the whole day but to lie in bed with that artificial gadget.

If that is how serious sex dysfunctions can get, we’d think it’s a concern we should be addressing with extra caution.


We wouldn’t think the audio options of English Dolby Digital 2.0 or 5.1 and the normal visual transfer would matter much to you in a movie like this. Somehow, after watching this movie, we wouldn’t listen to vibrating sounds the same way ever again.



This Code 3 disc comes only with a trailer.



Review by John Li



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