Opening

100% John Wick Oct 24
No Score Yet Ouija Oct 24
No Score Yet 23 Blast Oct 24
60% Laggies Oct 24
50% White Bird in a Blizzard Oct 24

Top Box Office

80% Fury $23.7M
88% Gone Girl $17.5M
77% The Book of Life $17.0M
64% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day $11.5M
8% The Best Of Me $10.0M
23% Dracula Untold $10.0M
47% The Judge $7.9M
31% Annabelle $7.9M
62% The Equalizer $5.4M
63% The Maze Runner $4.4M

Coming Soon

86% Goodbye to Language 3D Oct 29
48% Saw Oct 31
83% Nightcrawler Oct 31
56% Before I Go to Sleep Oct 31
50% Horns Oct 31

New TV Episodes Tonight

96% The Flash: Season 1
79% Marry Me: Season 1
86% Sons of Anarchy: Season 7
92% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 2
64% NCIS: New Orleans: Season 1
56% Forever: Season 1
56% Selfie: Season 1
100% Person Of Interest: Season 4
56% Happyland: Season 1
29% Manhattan Love Story: Season 1
No Score Yet Brickleberry: Season 3
No Score Yet About a Boy: Season 2
No Score Yet Uncle: Season 1
No Score Yet Chicago Fire: Season 3
No Score Yet NCIS: Season 12
No Score Yet Faking It: Season 2
No Score Yet Supernatural: Season 10
No Score Yet Awkward: Season 4


New Fall TV

96% The Affair: Season 1
66% A to Z: Season 1
18% Bad Judge: Season 1
52% Cristela: Season 1
No Score Yet Death Comes to Pemberley: Season 1
96% The Flash: Season 1
65% Gracepoint: Season 1
100% Jane the Virgin: Season 1
79% Kingdom: Season 1
79% Marry Me: Season 1
15% Mulaney: Season 1
20% Stalker: Season 1
93% Survivor's Remorse: Season 1
No Score Yet Transporter: The Series: Season 1
No Score Yet Uncle: Season 1


Certified Fresh TV

96% The Affair: Season 1
84% American Horror Story: Freak Show
85% black-ish: Season 1
88% Boardwalk Empire: Season 5
91% Doctor Who: Season 8
96% The Flash: Season 1
100% The Good Wife: Season 6
90% Gotham: Season 1
82% Homeland: Season 4
84% How to Get Away With Murder: Season 1
100% Jane the Virgin: Season 1
88% The Knick: Season 1
79% Marry Me: Season 1
98% Transparent: Season One
97% The Walking Dead: Season 5

Inserts (1975)

Inserts

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

No Top Critics Tomatometer score yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 1
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 0

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 580

ADVERTISEMENT

Movie Info

Writer/director John Byrum filmed this bizarre and controversial period picture on one massive set. It takes place in the 1930s, and stars Richard Dreyfuss as Boy Wonder, a once-great Hollywood director, who spends all of his time in decrepitude in his rococo mansion (which will soon be leveled and replaced by a major highway), half-soused, unshaven and clad in his bathrobe and pajamas. Instead of shooting major Hollywood pictures, this impotent has-been is now reduced to shooting pornographic … More

Rating:
NC-17 (explicit sexuality)
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Classics , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
John Byrum
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Aug 23, 2005
Runtime:


Cast


Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

Critic Reviews for Inserts

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (1) | DVD (3)

...pure tedium from beginning to end.

Full Review… | August 8, 2014
Playback:stl

A self-reflexive text (and dark satire) on the movie industry's depiction of sex on screen in the early years of the MPAA ratings system.

Full Review… | September 9, 2013
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

John Byrum's sardonic exposition of the artist's dilemma

Full Review… | February 19, 2011
CinePassion

A new twist on the usual affection for the 20s-30s that cinema-goers were accustomed to

Full Review… | September 7, 2007
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Audience Reviews for Inserts

Terrible mess of a movie, some real talent involved in this misfire but catch them in their much better work.

More
jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Daring but abrasive, "Inserts" is notable for its casting of well-known faces in a surprisingly explicit film. Also unusual: Minus a prologue that uses unseen extras, this early-'30s period piece has just five credited actors. Most of the drama sits on the twitchy shoulders of Richard Dreyfuss (shortly before "Jaws" launched him to major stardom).

Dreyfuss is an unnamed "boy wonder" who directed some silent masterpieces and once clinked glases with the likes of D.W. Griffith, Lillian Gish and Erich Von Stroheim. But after a poorly explained fall from grace, he's now an impotent, ruddy drunk shooting stag reels in his living room. The first act shows him greeting favored actress Harlene (Veronica Cartwright, whose pert sexiness is a sharp contrast to her middle-aged character roles), then choreographing a brutal scene between her and dimwit Rex (Stephen Davies, definitely the weak link). Producer "Big Mac" (a young, trim Bob Hoskins) soon arrives with his fiancee Cathy (Jessica Harper) to watch the proceedings, but an unforeseen catastrophe threatens to sink the half-finished film. However, Cathy is not the naive starlet she appears to be and eventually forces Dreyfuss's character to re-examine his self-defeating cynicism.

"Inserts" is rated NC-17 nowadays, and it's easy to see why. Glimpses of Davies' scrotum go well beyond the typical sex scene's limits, and the graphically pounded Cartwright barely avoids what might be called "gatefold" shots. And who would expect to see Dreyfuss licking Harper's stiffened nipples in closeup? It's a legitimately erotic segment.

Sharing the screen with Dreyfuss for most of the film's second half, Harper (fresh from a knockout role in "Phantom of the Paradise") ends up stealing the picture from him. It's a brave, sometimes vulgar performance that requires her to be topless for an extended stretch (despite her lacking an ideal set of curves), and her expressive eyes and soulful intelligence make Dreyfuss's kvetchy tantrums and practiced bottle-swigging seem cartoonish in comparison. Unfortunately, "Inserts" fails to pay off and has the weak aftertaste of a one-set play staged as an experimental exercise. A few highly dramatic events pass without satisfying ramifications, and the film just fizzles out at the end.

More
Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

"Inserts" is a curious little gem of 70s filmmaking that isn't likable or very good, but it is interesting enough to merit at least a single viewing. Richard Dreyfuss has a wacky, uneven performance as a director of pornographic films that spends his time half-drunk and in solitude. The rest of the cast (which includes Veronica Cartwright, Stephen Davies, Bob Hoskins and Jessica Harper) is pretty uneven as well and their performances consist of either grand moments or weak moments, excluding Harper, whose performance is actually quite excellent. As for the film itself, it doesn't quite (literally) go anywhere, but at the end, it doesn't feel like a total waste. It's a little eccentric, a little mediocre, a little stagy, but strangely interesting.

More
Stephen Earnest
Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer

Inserts Quotes


Boy Wonder:
Nothing pure is ever simple.
– Submitted by Chean M (17 months ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss Inserts on our Movie forum!