Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask

1972

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask

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Woody Allen encarna a cuatro personajes en esta farsa sobre las costumbres sexuales contemporáneas.

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Cast

Woody Allen
as Cowardly Sperm, Fabrizio, Fool, Victor
John Carradine
as Dr. Bernardo
Gene Wilder
as Dr. Ross
Tony Randall
as The Operator
Burt Reynolds
as Switchboard
Jack Barry
as Himself
Erin Fleming
as The Gorgeous Girl
Elaine Giftos
as Mrs. Ross
Toni Holt
as Herself
Pamela Mason
as Herself
Stanley Adams
as Stomach Operator
Alan Caillou
as The Fool's Father
Dort Clark
as Sheriff
Geoffrey Holder
as The Sorceror
Jay Robinson
as The Priest
Baruch Lumet
as Rabbi Baumel
H.E. West
as Bernard Jaffe
Don Chuy
as Football Player
Tom Mack
as Football Player
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Audience Reviews for Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask

  • Oct 25, 2014
    This early Woody Allen film is adapted from Dr. David Rueben's book "EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX, BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK". It's divided into 7 questions (and answers), which start weak but definitely get better. 1. Do Aphrodisiacs Work? Set back in Shakesperian days, this one asks if potions (medieval roofies) work. Kind of. The skit is pretty cheesy and tries hard. Does have a fitting score though. 2. What Is Sodomy? Maybe the most personal to the original author Dr. Ruben, this ones about a love triangle between Armenian Borat, a Doctor, and a goat. The humor doesn't really get any better here. 3. Why Do Some Women Have Trouble Reaching an Orgasm? Definitely caught the Fellini homage in this one, but once again the humor just doesn't do it for me yet. This scene is well made, and actually could be decent as a feature European drama, but weak for a comedy. 4. Are Transvestites Homosexuals? The first section where I began laughing, and I did not stop after. The answer is No, just socially inept. 5. What Are Sex Perverts? By far the most creative and my personal favorite. Set in a 1950s game show, this skit is really well made and funny. The part with the Rabbi was absolutely hilarious. 6. Are the Findings of Doctors and Clinics Who Do Sexual Research and Experiments Accurate? Most famous scene, perhaps an homage to The Blob (not sure as I haven't seen it). But it's about a giant tit (size X) created by Freud meets Frankenstein causing havoc in a town. 7. What Happens During Ejaculation? Good ending, taught me a lot about the anatomy of a man. Thanks Dr.Allen 2.5 stars+ Next up Bananas
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2012
    In this nostalgic trip down memory lane, I'm taken by how much humor in general has changed in the last 40 years. Everything You Always Wanted... bears much in common with a Mel Brooks film "History of The World, Part I" in that several skits are loosely wound around a main theme. The humor is silly, often over the top (but deliciously so), and yet gentle in its manner. Compare that to the recent comic benchmarks The Hangover and The Bridesmaids. Crude, lewd and often mean spirited, these later films love to insult and tend to pander to shock value... I wonder if, in comparing these films from two different eras, I'm not also comparing the society they mirror - products of their times, so to speak - and in making that comparison am acknowledging that perhaps the age in which we are now living is a much meaner one than the early 70's (not that that era was perfect by any stretch). That being said, I probably should go on and review the Woody Allen film; one I remembered as being hilarious but haven't seen in over 30 years. Is this still as funny now as I thought it was then? A resounding yes, and oddly, while some of the over the top aspects made me smile, it was some of the small, throwaway lines, or the mannerisms that gave me belly laughs at my advanced age. For the unfamiliar, EYAWTKAS was a book published circa 1970. A bestseller and really about the first time that sex in all its variations and deviations was publically talked about (you have to recall that the sexual revolution brought on by the free love movement of the hippies was only a couple of years old - and the x rated film was in its infancy at that time). So, you have a best selling book all about sex, sexual taboos and misconceptions - who would have the nerve to create a parody lightly poking fun at the entire enterprise, other than Woody Allen. This period was the zany Allen of Sleepers and What's New Pussycat, not the later more polished filmmaker of Annie Hall onward. Allen uses the book's framework to frolic and just plain have some fun. The jokes are abundant, the skits hilarious for the most part, and overall you have to admit that you enjoyed the ride. From the initial medieval skit where Allen plays a court fool trying for a tryst with the queen (who wears a chastity belt), through a skit where Allen's wife can only be turned on by sex in public (filmed as ultra suave Italian, with funny sub titles), to the hilarious final skit with Tony Randall as the commander of the brain, preparing the body for sexual intercourse, there is brilliance and belly laughs galore. Along the way you have hilarious performances, like John Carradines' lovely self parody of a mad scientist, or Gene Wilder going all gaga eyed over a sheep (seeing a sheep wearing a garter belt still makes me giggle). There's a black and white parody of the old TV show "What's My Line" called "What's My Perversion" where a panel, including a young Regis Philbin tries to guess a contestant's perversion; which includes a commercial for some hair gel product with two manly men in a locker room - as the product proudly stands in foreground at the commercials end you see the two men go for a grope. The filmmaking itself may appear a bit dated, but the humor, is timeless, even while occasionally corny (but funny regardless, as when the Queen falls back unto the bed, trapping Allen's fool beneath her. When the king pulls aside the queens' robes to find Allen he glibly says "well you told me if I was ever in town to look up your wife" bada boom!) If you can't laugh at Allen playing a nervous sperm wondering if it's not masturbation and he'll end up on the ceiling or something, then you need to check and see if you have a pulse. I've seen these skit style films attempted many a time more recently, and none come close to this as far as just plain fun.
    paul s Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2011
    Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex, But Were Afraid To Ask is bizarre not only in name (it will henceforth be called EB for simplicity). It's probably the most purely comedic of Woody Allen's movies, being little more than a collection of sketches with various sexual matters in the spotlight. It lacks the subtle edge of Allen's greatest, and many of the jokes are hit and miss. It's still not even a mediocre film, because when EB is good, it's fantastic, and will surely cause some laughter though it may be sporadic. At its most basic, EB is a parody of the common questions asked about sex, relationships and overall ethics. A single question is discussed in one sketch, and it is then followed by another. These questions range from being about orgasm problems to sodomy, so there's much to take. So yes, it is a sketch show. And as with any sketch show, the quality of each one is inconsistent. There are seven of them in total, which both differ in style and type of humor. Some of them are darkly humorous (the sodomy one is this reviewer's favorite for that reason) while some are on the more silly side, specifically the very ambitious final act. It really is the simplicity of the film that is its biggest flaw. The short nature of each sketch leads to the actors not being able to fully express themselves. Gene Wilder is wonderful as a sheep-loving doctor, and Woody Allen can always make his personae work. They just don't get enough screentime. EB is an entertaining, often hilarious film but lacks a key element to make it truly great: consistency. It's therefore a worthwhile, but not so memorable comedy experience.
    Jon J Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2011
    Allen's low-brow sketch comedy on sex and sexuality isn't one of my favorites; the hit/miss ratio is about 50/50 and the "Giant Tit" chapter goes on f-a-r too long, but there are some undeniably very funny scenes too. Best Gene Wilder's infatuation with a sheep and the Tony Randall/Burt Reynolds/Woody Allen sperm chapter. I found the film more interesting for the inventive camerawork - surprising in what is essentially a quick fire comedy - than the script or performances, as I think the film as a whole has dated a little (and the target audience definitely seems more biased towards heterosexual men, which therefore excludes me). As an Allen aficionado, this works more as a curio than something with re-watch value.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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