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Amy's O (Amy's Orgasm) (Why Love Doesn't Work) (2002)



Critic Consensus: The title character is too self-absorbed to be all that engaging, and the movie's depiction of gender issues seems retrograde.

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A woman who gives advice on relationships for a living is trying to make sense of her own problems with the opposite sex in this independent romantic comedy. Amy (Julie Davis) is a single woman in her mid-twenties who has recently published a self-help book called Why Love Doesn't Work , in which she discusses why a woman doesn't need a husband or a boyfriend to feel fulfilled. But Amy isn't so sure she believes her own advice, and after four years without a steady relationship, she wants a man in her life. Feeling conflicted, Amy isn't sure where to turn or with whom she can discuss her relationship issues; she ends up sharing her problems with a priest (Jeff Cesario) who mans the confessional at a nearby Catholic church, even though Amy is Jewish. As Amy's book hits the stores, Janet (Caroline Aaron), a friend who works as a publicist for her publisher, snags Amy an appearance on a radio show hosted by Matthew Starr (Nick Chinlund), a popular but foul-mouthed "shock jock." Matthew is exactly the sort of man Amy warns her readers to stay away from, so she isn't sure why she finds herself attracted to him -- or why he seems to be interested in her. Amy's Orgasm was written and directed by Julie Davis, who also stars as Amy; the film was enthusiastically received in its screening at the 2001 Santa Barbara Film Festival.more
Rating: R (strong sexual content including dialogue, and for language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Julie Davis
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 10, 2002
Catchlight Films - Official Site


Julie Davis
as Amy Mandell
Nick Chinlund
as Matthew Starr
Caroline Aaron
as Janet Gaines
Charles Cioffi
as Amy's Dad
Tina Lifford
as Irene Barris
Michael Harris
as Jerry Hegeman
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Critic Reviews for Amy's O (Amy's Orgasm) (Why Love Doesn't Work)

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (10)

Davis' candid, archly funny and deeply authentic take on intimate relationships comes to fruition in her sophomore effort.

Full Review… | January 31, 2003
Top Critic

Despite its many infuriating flaws -- not the least of which is Amy's self-absorbed personality -- Amy's O's honesty will win you over.

January 31, 2003
Miami Herald
Top Critic

When compared to the usual, more somber festival entries, Davis' highly personal brand of romantic comedy is a tart, smart breath of fresh air that stands out from the pack even if the picture itself is somewhat problematic.

January 2, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The whole mess boils down to a transparently hypocritical work that feels as though it's trying to set the women's liberation movement back 20 years.

Full Review… | October 4, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic

About Amy's cuteness, Amy's career success (she's a best-selling writer of self-help books who can't help herself), and Amy's neuroses when it comes to men.

Full Review… | September 27, 2002
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Like Kissing Jessica Stein, Amy's Orgasm has a key strength in its willingness to explore its principal characters with honesty, insight and humor.

Full Review… | August 29, 2002
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Amy's O (Amy's Orgasm) (Why Love Doesn't Work)

Amy's O is an American indie comedy starring Julie Davis as Amy, author of a self-help novel titled "Why Love Doesn't Work", which has made her very successful and very rich.

Surprise, surprise, she meets a man and starts falling in love, thereby making her re-think her negative outlook on love. Along the way, Amy looks at her own sex and love life, often in obsessive detail, examining her own neurosis and other peoples hang-ups.

It's a very mediocre film - Julie Davis is fine enough, though a little grating after a while, but the supporting cast, including the love interest, are all pretty blah. The story is also completely unoriginal and the conclusion is horribly yucky and Hollywood-ish. To be honest, you'll get (a lot) more laughs, drama and insight out of any Sex & The City episode. I was pretty disappointed.

Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer


This movie was hilarious in an inappropriate kind of way. It wasn't super raunchy, but it was definitely more graphic than your average romantic comedy.

Heather Metzger

AKA: Amy?s Orgasm. Generally decent romantic comedy/drama. Nicely written, but it lacks a truly likeable central character, and that does hurt the overall effect of the film. The production is competent.

James Higgins

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