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The Oh in Ohio (2006)

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 69
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 54

A muddled sex-comedy that feels oddly sexless, The Oh in Ohio packs in too many ideas without establishing a clear identity or objective.

23

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 20

A muddled sex-comedy that feels oddly sexless, The Oh in Ohio packs in too many ideas without establishing a clear identity or objective.

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
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A woman gets a belated introduction to the joy of sex in this comedy. Priscilla (Parker Posey) is a thirtysomething public-relations agent with the unenviable job of trying to lure new businesses to Cleveland, OH. Priscilla is married to Jack (Paul Rudd), a high-school teacher who is reaching the end of his patience with his career. Things aren't going especially well at home for Priscilla and Jack -- she seems unable to have an orgasm, and while Priscilla insists she's perfectly happy with

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Dec 5, 2006

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Comedies for grown-ups, period, are now in such short supply that a good-natured little picture like The Oh in Ohio feels like an anomaly.

October 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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A vibrator may put the buzz back in the solo sex life, but it tends to suck the life out of any movie not rated with three Xs.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Posey's such a delight it's easy to appreciate her even in a film as fruitless as The Oh in Ohio.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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I felt some of its heroine's pain. She's spent her life waiting for an orgasm. I spent the movie waiting for a plot.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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The script, which was co-written by director Billy Kent, has the forced 'raciness' of a mid-'70s dinner-theater sex comedy.

August 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The Oh in Ohio would make a second-rate lover: You'll lose interest a while before it reaches its climax.

August 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Tongue-in-cheek humor that's kinda kinky around the edges.

July 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

O elenco é charmoso, mas o roteiro parece um primeiro tratamento em que as idéias ainda estão sem foco e o tom da narrativa, indefinido.

January 8, 2007
Cinema em Cena

It's a harmless feel-good romantic comedy which offers a lot of cheap thrills and lowbrow comedy, but is too dysfunctional to stir up an orgasm.

December 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...comfortable enough, but there are no fireworks.

November 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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October 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

A comedy that's never funny enough or clever enough.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Most of the 'comedy' has Posey bumbling through one embarrassingly unfunny situation after another.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Much like Priscilla's sexual difficulties, The OH in Ohio just doesn't satisfy.

August 31, 2006
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Oh in Ohio's childish storytelling, paper-thin character development, and general unfunniness combine to make one bad movie.

August 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

About on the level of a freshman frat party.

August 26, 2006 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Mischa Barton's acting is about as flat as her chest.

August 26, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

The Oh in Ohio has a light, scampy spirit that rides to its rescue, often enough.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

It's like watching a bad '70s porno movie that has been sheared of its sex scenes and has nothing left but rudeness and genitalia jokes.

August 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Audience Reviews for The Oh in Ohio

Living in the place where healthy sexuality goes to die, Ohio, a woman's inability to have an orgasm breaks up her marriage and thrusts her into the arms of technology and the Penguin, looking for sexual fulfillment.
This film is a morass of missed opportunities. An exploration of how the sexual repression of Cleveland specifically, which is not known for being the Mecca of red hot lovers, and the midwest in general contributed to this woman's issues would have made a compelling plotline, but this theme remains unresolved. Perhaps a brief understanding of how what our society deems as unattractive could actually fit the bill would have made an interesting theme. But no. How about the film portray the importance of a healthy sexual relationship in a marriage? Nah - let's just have Jack move to the garage.
This film could have been so much more, but Cleveland, as it is portrayed here, is the same as any other American city, there are no comments or reflections about how Danny DeVito succeeds where the dashing Paul Rudd fails, and ... well, Jack just moves into the garage, rather spontaneously and without much attention paid to the failure of the film's principal marriage.
Also, I thought that the Jack plot never resolved. Where does he go from here? Is there a bit of moralizing in his end? Though he engages in an inappropriate relationship, the film doesn't portray Kirstin as a child but as an experienced woman. I thought he deserved better.
Overall, if you want to see a movie that could have been so much more, then The Oh in Ohio is the perfect pick.
March 16, 2011
hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

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Alyssa Donahue: "Now each of you will notice that you have a small hand mirror you on your easels. I want you to discover your vaginas, every glorious fold. every beautiful nook and cranny. This is your power center. Liberate your labia, value your vulva, claim your clitoris. Claim it, christen it!"

Priscilla Chase seems to have it all -- the perfect job, the perfect house, the perfect husband -- except for in bed, where sex has always left her a bit short of the finish line.

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Parker Posey got game. If that wasn't evidenced in Party Girl, there's ample proof of her comic gifts in Billy Kent's frosh comedy The Oh in Ohio.

That's "oh" as in orgasm, only Priscilla Chase (Posey) doesn't know it yet. She's content with her job luring business to Cleveland. Her husband Jack (Paul Rudd), a teacher and formidable cocksman, is despondent over his frigid wife's inability to come. To save her marriage, she enrolls in a masturbation class (taught by Liza Minnelli), but favors technology instead, and purchases a vibrator from a shop run by an unbilled Heather Graham.

Once Priscilla experiences plastic bliss, she's hooked. Marriage ends; life begins. Posey's expert at playing the uptight, pre-orgasmic Priscilla, and the pansexual aftermath (she beds everyone, including Graham). In a classic scene involving a strategically placed vibrating pager and the frantic calls of her husband, she throws herself around in the throes of passion during a boardroom pitch meeting like a priapic marionette. The scene is foolish, but Posey wills it to life. (Earlier, after slipping the pager into her underwear, she calls herself.) Posey's not the whole show. Rudd illuminates the disconnect between sensitivity and aggression, especially when ? after a night with a teenage girl ? he boasts about his "magnificent cock" with bravado and a hint of relief. As Coach, Keith David steals his scenes with impish gleam and a dirty cackle. And Liza Minnelli's masturbation guru is scenery chewing at its finest.

The Oh in Ohio could be better. It runs out of steam; the various plot elements never resonate. But a film about a woman discovering not just sex but joy is a wondrous thing. Posey keeps it floating. She's got a shimmer in her smile, a dirty thought in her mind that she's never going to share. You stick around on the off chance that she might just let you in on it.
November 20, 2008
LorenzoVonMatterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

The Oh in Ohio is an indie (it stars Parker Posey and that should say it all right there) comedy that seems to revel in its own... indieness. (Not so bad to the point of Juno, but still...) Posey's good, Paul Rudd is his usual great self and Mischa Barton is cute enough to force me to have a whole new appreciation for her. The dynamic between Posey and Danny DeVito was very... I don't want to say sweet so I'll go with pleasant when it managed not to be creepy. The high point was the flowing sarcasm from Rudd but everything else fell short. Especially the ending. If you're into... cute movies this just might be the ticket but if you're looking for a little more than to feel good you might want to pass.
July 15, 2008
mjgildea

Super Reviewer

A movie about a couple who have been married for ten years -- but they are have sexual problems. They split up and both find sexual satisfaction apart from each other.
I didn't think much of the movie and it had a crappy ending!
April 12, 2008
Redlats

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