Modern Love Is Automatic (2009)




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Two women find themselves serving the eccentric needs of men for a living in this dark comedy from writer and director Zach Clark. Lorraine (Melodie Sisk) is a nurse who is bored with her job and tired of the strange men who ask her out nearly every day. Lorraine shares an apartment with Adrian (Maggie Ross), an obsessively cheerful young woman who is determined to make it big as a model. While taking the bus one day, Lorraine finds a copy of a fetish magazine called Shackled, and finds herself fascinated with the netherworld of bondage and domination. Lorraine takes up a second career moonlighting as a dominatrix; when the city's leading S&M club refuses to hire her, she places an ad in the personals section of a newspaper and soon finds herself making a variety of unusual gentlemen do her bidding. Meanwhile, Adrian's career as a model isn't taking off, but she is able to land an unusual job at a mattress shop, where the owner hires attractive women to "demonstrate" his wares in skimpy nightwear. Modern Love Is Automatic was an official selection at the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Melodie Sisk
as Lorraine
Maggie Ross
as Adrian
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Critic Reviews for Modern Love Is Automatic

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

If nothing else, Modern Love Is Automatic leaves you curious to see what this filmmaker will do next.

Full Review… | August 19, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Modern Love eventually becomes a portrait of an unlikely friendship, and climaxes with a shadowy karaoke triumph, to New Order's "Age of Consent." Sweet.

Full Review… | August 17, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | February 6, 2012
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Whip-smart, compelling, well-acted, wickedly funny, bold and visually stylish without a trace of pretentiousness.

Full Review… | August 25, 2010
NYC Movie Guru

A jagged little jawbreaker made by and for aggressive youth-culture addicts.

August 20, 2010
Boxoffice Magazine

A fascinating character study serving up as sharp a contrast in leading ladies as you're ever likely to encounter onscreen.

Full Review… | August 19, 2010

Audience Reviews for Modern Love Is Automatic

As the first reviewer, a part of me hates to give this a bad rating but... I disliked this movie quite a bit. The premise and the promotional material had me anticipating this movie quite a bit while I was at SXSW, but it failed to meet my expectations on just about every level. It's been a few weeks now since I saw it, but the movie was outright boring. It feels as if the plot just treads water and the characters just tread water and it never really ended up anywhere. The main character is so unattached that, while it may have been played for laughs (??? I'm not sure if it was...), she cam across as unhuman instead of a bored human. You would think that the moonlighting as a dominatrix bit was chosen as an outlet for her monotonous life and thus would change her just a little bit, but it really doesn't. The hard rock music was grating during the transitions. I did, however, on the positive side, like the color palette that was used--but that's like enjoying the wrapping paper on a terrible Christmas gift, it doesn't really change much.

Zane Umsted
Zane Umsted

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