The Opposite of Sex (1998)



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Movie Info

In this black comedy, 16-year-old sleazy runaway Dedee goes to her gay half-brother Bill for help. After Dedee seduces his lover Matt and claims to be pregnant, things get worse when Matt and Dedee run off to L.A. with Bill's savings, and Bill is accused of molesting a former student.

Rating: R (For strong language and sex related dialogue and sexuality)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Don Roos
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 17, 1998
Sony Pictures Classics


as Dedee Truitt

as Bill Truitt

as Sheriff Carl Tippett

as Matt Mateo

as Bobette

as Tom Dalury

as Timothy

as TV Reporter

as Girl Student

as Medical Examiner

as Police Officer

as Harley Man

as Harley Man 2

as Judy Zale, Policewo...

as World News Reporter

as Bobette's Lawyer

as Doctor Allen

as School Principal

as Parole Office
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Critic Reviews for The Opposite of Sex

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (14)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

This politically incorrect comedy serves up murder, unwanted pregnancy, and other neuroses, all undercut by the acerbic asides of the Lolita-like protag (acidly played by Christina Ricci).

Full Review… | December 24, 2006

A few poorly cast actors bring this one down a few notches.

Full Review… | December 31, 2005

Hilarious and confident...the couples multiply, couplings turn into triangles, and the year's most unlikely authorities separate love from mere, if avid, pastimes.

Full Review… | January 10, 2003
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Audience Reviews for The Opposite of Sex


The Opposite of Sex works as both a wonderful, if cruel, character study, and a parody of audience expectations. Christina Ricci plays an absolute bitch in this movie. Her life revolves around ruining the lives of others. She doesn't even seem to get that much out of it, her reward is to cause people pain. Whether that be acting out at a funeral, inviting herself to stay, getting pregnant, or stealing her half-brother's boyfriend. Ricci narrates in a self knowing tone, explaining why we feel sorry for certain characters and not others. This often works comically, especially when building sympathy for her brother, she then shows the clips where he doesn't sit around brooding. On the opposite end of the spectrum we have Martin Donovan. He is so painfully nice you just want him to lash out. He's an absolute joy of a character, bringing a chilled and relaxing counterpart to Ricci's hobag. We also have Kudrow as a woman so scared of her own life she interferes with others. She tells everyone how to live their life, and her journey is one of the sweetest as the film reaches a satisfactory and moving conclusion.

This is a film about the power of sex, but also how there are other things out there. The only downsides were that it was sometimes too smart for its own good, and the homophobic and lack of knowledge concerning aids seemed very dated.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

Satirical and biting (altho it lags in a couple of spots) herein is an indepth commentary on relationships, and often the picture is not Hollywood pretty. One of Ricci's best performances (perhaps her best film period) and Kudrow matches her easily blow for blow. A smart film is good to watch.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Oh my god, I never knew Christina Ricci could be such a stabby bitch. I always wondered what Don Roos would be like without the Hollywood homogenization of Happy Endings, and I guess this is the prefix. I'm not sure how I feel about it. Funny? Yes. Entertaining? At times. But it didn't make me think, and it didn't always make sense. I don't really think I'm suited for black comedies anyway.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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