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The Opposite of Sex (1998)

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50

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 4

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60

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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Movie Info

Screenwriter Don Roos made his directorial debut with this oddball sex comedy. The tale is narrated by 16-year-old Louisiana tramp Dedee Truitt (Christina Ricci), who buries her stepfather and then heads for Indiana to visit her homosexual half-brother Bill (Martin Donovan). Recovering from the AIDS death of longtime companion Tom, schoolteacher Bill has linked up with a new partner, handsome Matt (Ivan Sergei). After Dedee seduces Matt and claims she's pregnant by him, the couple steals $10,000

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Comedy

Don Roos

Nov 17, 1998

Sony Pictures Classics

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All Critics (62) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (8) | DVD (6)

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).

December 24, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

December 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Supercala.com
Supercala.com

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

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

...most of the time the film succeeds only in emphasizing the distance between the characters on the screen and the people watching them in the theater.

October 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A hoot from start to finish. Don Roos has a real knack for fleshing out the foibles of contemporary sexual mores.

March 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Beyond the narration and the homosexual element... a fairly typical 1990s indie sex comedy

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com
AboutFilm.com

Wild, unflinching, and aggressively un-P.C. black comedy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

For those who like their screen comedy tart, dry and savvy on the distaff side, The Opposite of Sex should be something of a godsend.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Good-hearted story.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Roos's first feature film as director is a snappy, satirical, and hip sitcom that tries hard not to be a sitcom.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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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.
July 9, 2011
kiriyamakazou

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.
June 20, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

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.
April 28, 2011
jennifxu

Super Reviewer

Everything about this film is philosophical, moving, real, and funny, except for the main attraction: Christina Ricci and her plaintive whine. The script breaks down stereotypes of love, lust, gender, sexual orientation. Love isn't always about caring for another; it could be a moral obligation. Lust isn't always about fucking; it could be as Lyle Lovett's sad-sack says, "Say it's concentration. Say it's supposed to focus your attention on the person you're sleeping with, like biological highlighter. Look for me first in any crowded room. And I'll do likewise."

Dede's narrator character seems to be the storyteller necessary to reveal all these other characters' stories. There's no rhyme or reason to her manipulations. Her redemption moment is nice, but the audience is never truly aware of her original impetus for seducing her half-brother's boyfriend.
April 13, 2011
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

    1. Lucia: You have a death wish. I have one too, but I direct it towards others.
    – Submitted by Frances H (2 months ago)
    1. Dedee Truitt: If you don' t breathe in, a person can do anything for ten minutes.
    – Submitted by Frances H (2 months ago)
    1. Dedee Truitt: There's a lot of people a lot nicer coming up. We call them losers.
    – Submitted by Frances H (2 months ago)
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