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Sex and Death 101 (2007)



Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 30

Sex and Death 101 aspires to be a clever sex comedy, but has little life behind the sex or the death.


Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 13

Sex and Death 101 aspires to be a clever sex comedy, but has little life behind the sex or the death.



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Upon receiving an e-mail containing the names of every woman he has ever slept with and every women he will ever sleep with, a man set to be married in just one week eschews his wedding plans in favor of seeking out the truth behind the perplexing message in a black comedy written and directed by Heathers screenwriter Daniel Waters. Roderick Blank (Simon Baker) was prepared for a future of predictable, domesticated bliss -- but fate has a funny way of shaking things up when we least expect it.



Daniel Waters

Jul 1, 2008

Anchor Bay Entertainment

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As a writer, Waters is best-known for creating Ryder's sharp black comedy, Heathers, and Bruce Willis' self-indulgent bomb, Hudson Hawk. As a director, he tends to waste actors, and he fails to establish a consistent comic tone.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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There are a lot of laughs, good performances, and points for creativity.

April 7, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
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Why not simply admit this is cheeseball porn, assembled with a slightly higher brand of cheese and nuts?

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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This film is headed quickly for DVD. In the video store, though, it isn't funny enough to be shelved in the comedy section nor dirty enough to be filed with the smut.

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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What a sorry reunion for Ryder and writer-director Daniel Waters, who scripted her far better dark comedy Heathers back in 1989.

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Neither particularly dark nor even remotely funny.

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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Heaven help a writer who turns a philanderer into a blank.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Admittedly, it doesn't have many belly laughs, but if you're tuned into Waters' peculiar, highly intelligent comedy style it's a fascinating watch.

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

the monologues near the truly odd ending make you wonder whether Waters had an extreme fever when he was finishing up the script

July 6, 2008 Full Review Source:

Sex and Death falls into the category of those unfortunate films in that it's a schoolboy's wet dream slathered in smug self-back patting and wish-fantasy run amok, all told with the deftness of a piano falling out of the sky and onto our heads.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A fun, sloppy treatment of a profound premise that, as a reunion project between Waters and Ryder, feels right.

April 10, 2008 Full Review Source:

Now we know how the dopes in the beer commercials spend their time when they are not drinking their beer. They laugh their socks off at movies like this.

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source:

Waters is trying to have his cake and eat it out too.

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: UGO

One of the most pointless films ever made about sex or death.

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source:

It's all a pretentious bore that feels twice as long as it's two-hour running time.

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The movie aims to be an unbridled sex farce, but the sex is never all that hot and the jokes are rarely all that funny.

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

The film works hard to be a dark, grown up, romantic comedy (plenty of sex, nudity, bad language and philosophy) and yet it winds up being every bit as childish as most other pictures in the genre.

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

The comedy grows more and more gratingly cynical and unpleasant.

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Sex and Death 101

I enjoyed Sex and Death 101 much more then I thought I would, not only because of Simon Baker but because I found the film itself was very enjoyable to watch and had a few good belly laughs to boot (one in particular had me laughing throughout most of the rest of the film). Don't watch Sex and Death 101 If you are looking for an average popcorn munching comedy film watch it if you are looking for something a bit different and perhaps odd yet still enjoyable. I was lucky enough to pick it up due to my undying love of Simon Baker and I'm happy I did.
June 13, 2011
Cameron Sherwell

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weird. not that funny, just sorta of meh. it was a good idea done in that horrible indie film way.
July 27, 2010

Super Reviewer

Man this was really a weird movie :O
Didn't like anything about it.
June 14, 2010
Dead Angel

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It's not very often that I get the privilege of seeing a film as terrible as Sex and Death 101. I thank everyone for the opportunity to see what crap looks like first hand and appreciate the effort that didn't go into this movie.

The film is about Roderick Blank (Simon Baker) who gets an email listing all of the women he has or will ever have sex with. So what does he do with this information? He proceeds to lay more pipe than a plumber while awing his friends at his sexual conquests. When it's finally revealed that Rodericks last conquest on his list is a Black Widowish killer Death Nell (Winona Ryder) it's almost a race to not get laid in this unfunny spectacle from director Daniel Waters.

The way the movie plays out is about as interesting as a late night infomercial about Spam. Here's the movie in a nutshell: Gets list, has sex, has sex, repeat one and two. If there was actually anything funny in the film it might have been interesting, but we're left with the same stupid quips and the screenwriters passion for films from 1971. Add to this the fact that this film is close to the two hour mark and you get a ridiculous beating to the head as the same schtick continues over and over again. The acting sucks, but not as bad as the screenwriting which tries to be high brow but ends up being just a low rent Skinemax screw movie.
August 9, 2009

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    1. Roderick Blank: Life is a lot like death, it happens to everyone whether they like it or not.
    – Submitted by Dann M (2 years ago)
    1. Roderick Blank: If it really is all a game, sometimes the best thing you can do is press the reset button.
    – Submitted by Dann M (2 years ago)
    1. Beta: Science and technology don't care whether we live or die.
    – Submitted by Dann M (2 years ago)
    1. Death Nell: Some dreams are too true to be good.
    – Submitted by Dann M (2 years ago)
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