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Orgasm, Inc.

Orgasm, Inc. (2011)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
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Liz Canner's shocking yet entertaining documentary ORGASM INC. explores the strange science of female pleasure, and in the process reveals the often warped mentality of our pharmaceutical and medical industries. ORGASM INC. begins when filmmaker Liz Canner is hired to edit erotic videos to be used in a drug trial for a pharmaceutical company. Her employer is developing what they hope will be the first FDA approved "Viagra" drug for women that will treat a new disease: Female Sexual Dysfunction

Jun 21, 2011


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Canner's deft exposť also makes clear that some of the highest-profile "experts" are shills for Big Pharma, and that genital mutilation is thriving in the West, in the form of cosmetic surgery.

March 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Can best be described as a compelling mess.

March 31, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Some subjects are so compelling that not even bad filmmaking can ruin them. And for most of "Orgasm Inc.'' it feels as if Canner is trying with all her might to do just that.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Many documentaries lose focus or become unwieldy as their directors uncover unexpected facts about their subjects, but Canner is able to keep Orgasm Inc. trained on its eponymous theme ...

February 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Essentially, "Orgasm Inc." illustrates a time-honored principle of capitalism, which is that you'll never go broke by convincing women that something is wrong with them and then selling them something to make it better.

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By taking a playful approach to a deeply serious subject, [director Liz Canner] explores the link between female sexuality and corporate profits with a style that's as entertaining as it is revelatory.

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A must-see for women and men alike. So long as the filmmaker sticks to disturbing facts and figures...(the movie) provides a stiff tonic indeed.

April 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
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[Shows] how the American pharmaceutical industry, in legion with famous doctors in its pay, has identified a disease, "female sexual dysfunction" (FSD), that they claim (dubiously) afflicts 43 percent of American women.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

...may seem targeted at female audiences, but the film has a universal appeal with its slap at big pharmaceutical corporations that...turn healthy people into patients just to sell their drugs.

March 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Canner gives us all the subtext that was missing from "Love and Other Drugs."

March 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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The film may not be orgasmic, but it is an education, a call to action, and a celebration of just how very normal female sexuality can be.

February 25, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

This is a strident issue movie with the feel of a more objective portrayal.

February 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

This thoughtful-if at times clumsy-film is the latest salvo in the ongoing debate over the increased power of the pharmaceutical industry.

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
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An eye-opening, cautionary tale unveiling a diabolical corporate conspiracy to turn healthy people into patients by medicalizing everyday aspects of the human condition.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

[T]hose of us worldly and wise about human sexuality will be angry to see laid so, er, bare, the medicalization of our culture's unwillingness to meet women on their own terms...

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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Liz Canner's exposť of what big business and hungry wannabes and hangers-on do best-exploit fears, insecurities and myths at the expense of others and to their own enrichment-is familiar except for its ingenious exploitation of the female orgasm.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Liz Canner's entertaining and infuriating expose about the profit-driven pharmaceutical industry's commercialization of female sexuality is a must-see for women of all ages, their lovers and physicians.

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As insightful as the documentary "Orgasm, Inc" is at times, it should also come as no surprise that pharmaceutical companies are mostly just interested in profits. In fact, they are willing to invent illnesses, just to create patients from healthy people, in this case, Female Sexual Dysfunction. This turns out to be another episode in a long cycle in the misunderstanding and mistreatment of women that goes back centuries.(And I'll bet you thought "Hysteria" was just joking.)

Documentarian Liz Canner enters the picture when she is hired by Vivus to develop erotic videos for their clinical trials of a female viagra they are trying to develop.(It's a tough job but somebody has to do it.) That seems to be the most benign solution to this non-existent problem, with none lacking any serious side effects. The truth of the matter, smartly explained here, is that there is no problem because there is no normal, with everybody being wired differently. Actually, porn works. Or we could just get rid of religion.
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