The Sex Monster (2000)

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A man convinces his wife to participate in one of his sexual fantasies and lives to regret it in the farcical comedy The Sex Monster. Marty (Mike Binder) is a building contractor who is married to a beautiful woman named Laura (Mariel Hemingway). While reasonably happy in his marriage, Marty has always had a fantasy about having a menage a trois, and when he starts to feel his sex life with Laura is getting stale, he suggests they bring in another woman and give it a try. Laura is reluctant at first, but Marty refuses to drop the subject and eventually she relents, and a second woman is introduced to the bedroom. However, Marty is soon too tired to continue with the fun, and Laura and her new friend go on without him. While she's coy about it at first, it quickly becomes obvious Laura enjoys adding another woman to the mix a lot more than Marty does, and she starts aggressively pursuing new female companions. While Laura doesn't mind if Marty joins in, she and her partners seems to be enjoying themselves enough that's he feels like a fifth wheel, since Laura seems to have much clearer ideas about female eroticism than he does. Mike Binder wrote and directed The Sex Monster, as well as playing the male lead; Stephen Baldwin also appears in a supporting role. Despite its subject matter, this film features little nudity, with the sexual escapades discussed or inferred rather than shown.
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R (adult situations/language)
Genre:
Comedy
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Cast

Mike Binder
as Marty
Christopher Lawford
as Dave Pembroke
Joanna Heimbold
as Eve Pembroke
Melissa Denton
as Salon Customer
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Critic Reviews for The Sex Monster

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May 29, 2001
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Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999

Audience Reviews for The Sex Monster

I truly believe that sexuality is a complex and important subject that deserves to be talked about with intelligence and insight. So when a film comes along that trivializes it to such a loathsome and sleazy degree, it's unforgivable. The Sex Monster is such a film. It is a comedy about a husband and wife who bring another women into their bed at the behest of the husband, but the wife discovers that she enjoys it quite a bit more than either of them anticipated. The concept is an very interesting one that might have led to a movie with some insight into sexuality and modern day marriage. Unfortunately The Sex Monster has no idea what it's talking about, treating it's subject with absolute disrespect. It is also unfunny, slightly homophobic, and filled with manipulative, terrible people. Mariel Hemingway is the film's only saving grace, as she is very likable. But her character is an insult to bisexual people. As soon as she discovers her attraction to women, she does a complete personality shift and becomes predatory and starts sneaking around behind her husband's back. And he doesn't come off in a good light either because he's completely manipulative and unsupportive of his wife. All of this is done in the guise of an unfunny farcical comedy. As it turns out, The Sex Monster is not a comedy about sexuality, it is an attempt to laugh and leer at women with opposite-sex attraction. An absolutely terrible film, avoid it completely.

Mason Burruss
Mason Burruss

You know, sexuality is a complex and important subject that deserves to be talked about with intelligence and insight. So when a film comes along that trivializes it to such a loathsome and sleazy degree, it's unforgivable. The Sex Monster is such a film. It is a comedy about a husband and wife who bring another women into their bed at the behest of the husband, but the wife discovers that she enjoys it quite a bit more than either of them anticipated. The concept is an very interesting one that might have led to a movie with some insight into sexuality and modern day marriage. Unfortunately The Sex Monster has no idea what it's talking about, treating it's subject with absolute disrespect. It is also unfunny, slightly homophobic, and filled with manipulative, terrible people. Mariel Hemingway is the film's only saving grace, as she is very likable. But her character is an insult to bisexual people. As soon as she discovers her attraction to women, she does a complete personality shift and becomes predatory and starts sneaking around behind her husband's back. And he doesn't come off in a good light either because he's completely manipulative and unsupportive of his wife. All of this is done in the guise of an unfunny farcical comedy. As it turns out, The Sex Monster is not a comedy about sexuality, it is an attempt to laugh and leer at women with opposite-sex attraction. An absolutely terrible film, avoid it completely.

mason burruss
mason burruss
½

The Sex Monster is content to stay light and idiotic. That might have worked were it an effective comedy, but it's not.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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