Love Object

2003

Love Object

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40%

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Total Count: 25

57%

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Robert Parigi writes and directs the low-budget horror movie Love Object. Technical writer Kenneth (Desmond Harrington) is too shy to reveal his attraction to co-worker Lisa (Melissa Sagemiller). He's only able to relax after ordering Nikki, a Lisa-lookalike sex doll with realistic anatomy. The new, sexually fullfilled Kenneth develops the confidence to talk to the real-life Lisa, but Nikki gets jealous. Kenneth starts to confuse reality with fantasy, leading to violence and gore. Rip Torn and Udo Kier appear in a cameo roles. Love Object premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2003.

Cast

Rip Torn
as Mr. Novak
Udo Kier
as Radley
John Burns
as Porn Store Clerk
Ellen Greene
as Typing Pool Supervisor
Bryan Crump
as Mysterious Delivery Guy
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  • Apr 18, 2009
    <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/love-object-13617830"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/13/61/78/13617830_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/love-object-13617896"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/13/61/78/13617896_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/love-object-13617897"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/13/61/78/13617897_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a></div></div> <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/love-object-13617898"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/13/61/78/13617898_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a><I>Love Object</I></div></div> <I>LOVE OBJECT</I> (2003) WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY: Robert Parigi FEATURING: Desmond Harrington, Melissa Sagemiller, Udo Kier, and Rip Torn GENRE: HORROR/THRILLER/SUSPENSE TAGS: twisted, weird PLOT: In a deviant twist on the Pygmalion myth, a man's infatuation for a life-like sex doll evolves into a sinister love triangle when he becomes involved with a coworker. COMMENTS: It's tempting to insert some sophomoric humor into this recommendation, but the jokes would be all too predictable. Despite delivering many elements of black comedy, the overall tone of this surprisingly violent sardonic yarn is serious. <I>Love Object</I> grimly depicts a bizarre theme with good pacing and artfully blended visual continuity. Kenneth Winslow is the kind of cold, compulsive dullard who aphabetizes his jock straps. Taking more interest in the technical world than the humanistic one, Ken writes instruction manuals for electronics -you know, the ones nobody reads. A joker at work shows Ken a photo of an alluring girl named Niki, and he is at once smitten. Niki is a life-like sex doll, so realistic that Ken can't detect the substitution. No devil with the ladies, a light bulb goes off in Ken's head, maybe both of them. Undeterred that Niki isn't a real girl, Ken visits the doll manufacturer's website and orders a Niki model. Back at work, a sweet, gorgeous assistant is assigned to help Ken with a demanding project. She really likes Ken. Like the charmer he is he gives her the cold shoulder. Ken likes to work alone. There is also a sense that love-shy Ken is actually attracted to Lisa, but too awkward and intimidated to interact with her. Nikki soon arrives at Ken's condo, packed in an awkward, coffin-like, crate. Overcome with licentious desire, Ken unpacks his surrogate girlfriend and lunges at her in a frenzy of misplaced, abject lust. Oddly, Ken finds that humping a lump of silicone and plastic isn't that fulfilling. Is something missing here? Ken decides to personify the doll, shopping for her and dressing her in nice executive clothes, makeup, doing her hair. Presto! The suave and romantic Ken falls in love. Ken notices an uncanny resemblance between the doll and his unwanted assistant, Lisa. He gets another flash of insight. Ken studies Lisa, and applies her trappings to Niki, making Niki resemble her. Eureka! As Ken's "relationship" with Niki develops however, so does his real relationship with Lisa. He has been warming up to Lisa in spite of himself. Not satisfied with one woman, Ken keeps Nikki and starts to identify Lisa with Nikki and vice versa. The more contact Ken has with Lisa, the more he likes her and wants to connect with her, but he doesn't know how. Too timid to communicate with Lisa on an intimate level. Ken fashions Niki into a substitute for intimacy with Lisa. Conversely, Lisa becomes the animated embodiment of the personality that the inanimate Niki can't project. Ken's jumbled emotions for doll and coworker become transposed and confused as he assigns one persona to the other and vice versa. During this time, Lisa falls for Ken and they become intimate. Losing his edge for separating fantasy from reality, Ken takes Lisa shopping for the same clothes he purchased for Nikki. Their relationship takes off. Niki was good practice. Meanwhile, Nikki has developed a life of her own and she's none too happy about Ken's burgeoning love for his coworker. When Ken comes home late with lipstick on his collar, Niki abusively dominates him in a fit of bondage, discipline and sadomasochism. As tensions mount at home and work, the landlord becomes too curious. Nikki becomes unmanageable, and Ken finds his relationship with Lisa jeopardized. He must take decisive action. The charade cannot continue! Three is a crowd and somebody is going to have to go. But who? The Weird Factor - for those of you who specifically seek out weird movies: <I>Love Object</I> like <I>Lars And The Real Girl</I> which came after, is about a lonely introvert who buys a realistic sex doll for companionship. Like Ken in <I>Love Objec</I>, Lars comes to yearn for a coworker, but has trouble making a connection. <I>Lars and the Real Girl </I> is a cute movie about the human spirit, and the socialization and evolution of a lonely man. With the help of his doll and coworker, Lars comes out of his shell, grows and triumphs. In this way, <I>Lars And The Real Girl</I>, while employing a weird vehicle to make its point (the love doll) is more or less a mainstream comedy-drama, no more odd than a Cyrano de Bergerac theme such as <I>Roxanne</I> (1987). <I>Love Object</I>, however takes a twisted path. The weird idea of needing the love doll is used to define the protagonist's nature, but it gets stranger from there. Ken's obsession with the doll is not a positive step in the evolution of his character. It leads him down a dark perverse path toward madness, violence and ruin. The plot is sick and creepy, the content perverse, and it is skillfully handled, making <I>Love Object</I> a good candidate for the designation of being truly weird. For more weird movies, go to <b><a href="http://www.366weirdmovies.com" target="_blank" > <B> 366 Weird Movies </B> </a></b> <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/love-object-13617889"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/13/61/78/13617889_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/love-object-13617891"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/13/61/78/13617891_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/love-object-13617883"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/13/61/78/13617883_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/love-object-13617894"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/13/61/78/13617894_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"></div><a href="http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11111686"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/K3QGAJgjJWI/2.jpg" border="0" /></a><div style="font-size:10px;width:120px;text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><I>Love Object</I></a> - trailer</div>
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2008
    What does an office worker living a dull, routine life without friends or a woman do?? Orders one of the life-like silicone love dolls and models it after a female co-worker. More of a hilariously dark psychological thriller than straight-out horror, this is one interesting and deranged film that's unsettling, especially when the main character Kenneth begins to suspect his love-doll "Nikki" is becoming jealous. The addition of a manipulating sex doll always turns the fun level up in any film. Funny and gory. <a href="http://s273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/?action=view¤t=18373840.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/18373840.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
    El Hombre I Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2008
    Obsessive can be a scary thing,,,
    Sherry . Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2007
    Top notch, psychotic performance by Desmond Harrington in a movie that doesn't pull it's punches. The anti-May movie, for people who like their villains, whether you feel sorry for them or not, not to be the heroes.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer

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