Director: Billy Kent
Starring: Parker Posey, Paul Rudd, Mischa
Barton and Danny DeVito
RunTime: 1 hr 36 mins
Released By: Festive Films and GV
Rating: M18 (Mature Theme)
Official Website: www.festivefilms.com/theohinohio
Day: 26 October 2006
Parker Posey (Superman Returns), Paul Rudd (The 40 Year Old
Virgin), Mischa Barton & Danny DeVito, THE OH IN OHIO
is a refreshing sex comedy on the quest to the big OH! Priscilla
Chase (Parker Posey) seemed to have everything going for her
with one small private exception.... She never thought much
of sex. When her husband (Paul Rudd) 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.
the word orgasm, masturbation or any other part of both the
female and male anatomy offends you, this review will probably
be pretty distasteful to you. Otherwise, with legs, I mean,
arms wide open, I welcome you to read about this film which
depicts a woman’s journey towards finding the big O.
most sex comedies have been particularly been teenage (cue
American Pie) or middle-aged men-driven (cue The 40 Year Old
Virgin). Thus, a film about a middle-aged woman trying to
find an orgasm for the first time in her life will draw a
crowd to the cinema like a bird to a bee? Wrong. The OH in
Ohio falls short of expectations.
does not only revolve around Priscilla Chase’s (Parker
Posey) inability to get an orgasm, a sub-plot involves her
husband, Jack Chase (Paul Rudd) who feels inadequate at pleasuring
his wife and in return, leaves her. In doing this, he tries
to regain his pride, urm, manhood by having an affair with
his biology student, Kristen Taylor (Mischa Barton).
the jokes in the film warrant a laugh or two but nothing of
the sort that would leave you on a high. Parker Posey is charming,
trying her best to portray Priscilla Chase and her frigidity.
Unfortunately, Posey is unable to sustain the charm for very
long as one’s interest in her character might probably
wane by the time the film reaches its climax. This is largely
due to Danny De Vito’s appearance as Wayne the Pool
Guy in the last third of the film. While his performance alone
might draw some sentimentality from one, the scenes with both
Posey and De Vito are more likely to draw guffaws instead.
as Jack Chase represents a Rudd who is fast fading from the
Rudd who was much lauded for his performance in The Object
of My Affection. If you want to watch a heavily-bearded man
attempting to find himself again, watch Steve Carrell in Little
Miss Sunshine instead. Mischa Barton, possibly the primary
eye candy in the film has a secondary part to play as the
biology student having a love affair with her teacher. She
is clearly underused despite her appearance in several sweat-inducing
moments during the film.
bad as it all sounds, The OH in Ohio is a pretty watchable
film. You’ll laugh, gawk and walk out not remembering
much. The experience is about the same as an under-18 entering
a sex novelty shop, you enter knowing more than when you leave.
OH in Ohio stirs a reaction but in its failing to stimulate
causes it to fall short on what could have been a truly orgasmic
by Mohamad Shaifulbahri