Amy's O (Amy's Orgasm) (Why Love Doesn't Work) (2002)
Critic Consensus: The title character is too self-absorbed to be all that engaging, and the movie's depiction of gender issues seems retrograde.
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as Amy Mandell
as Matthew Starr
as Janet Gaines
as Amy's Mom
as Amy's Dad
as Irene Barris
as Jerry Hegeman
Critic Reviews for Amy's O (Amy's Orgasm) (Why Love Doesn't Work)
Davis' candid, archly funny and deeply authentic take on intimate relationships comes to fruition in her sophomore effort.
Despite its many infuriating flaws -- not the least of which is Amy's self-absorbed personality -- Amy's O's honesty will win you over.
When compared to the usual, more somber festival entries, Davis' highly personal brand of romantic comedy is a tart, smart breath of fresh air that stands out from the pack even if the picture itself is somewhat problematic.
The whole mess boils down to a transparently hypocritical work that feels as though it's trying to set the women's liberation movement back 20 years.
About Amy's cuteness, Amy's career success (she's a best-selling writer of self-help books who can't help herself), and Amy's neuroses when it comes to men.
Like Kissing Jessica Stein, Amy's Orgasm has a key strength in its willingness to explore its principal characters with honesty, insight and humor.
Audience Reviews for Amy's O (Amy's Orgasm) (Why Love Doesn't Work)
This movie was hilarious in an inappropriate kind of way. It wasn't super raunchy, but it was definitely more graphic than your average romantic comedy.
I once remember a friend of a family friend was once criticized for talking only about things he himself knew, which somehow made this guy "self involved." But really, aren't the only things we talk about things that we know, think we know, or identify with? If you can accept this, it's very easy to get past the very narrow narrative spun by director Julie Davis, who paints an unflatteringly narcissistic neo-feminist (who she also plays in the film) as redeeming only in that she realizes that her philosophy about love is pure crap -- while other characters really eat it up. While, yes, the film can at times be predictable it earns extra points for showing the protagonist as a fatally flawed character (which no doubt involved a lot of self discipline on the part of director/writer/star Davis) as well as for its portrayal of the new feminism as sensationalist, media-powered drivel (Who would have ever guessed that Julie Davis had such [testicles]?).
AKA: Amy?s Orgasm. Generally decent romantic comedy/drama. Nicely written, but it lacks a truly likeable central character, and that does hurt the overall effect of the film. The production is competent.
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