Sex with Strangers (2002)

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Already the subject of another theatrical-release documentary (1999's The Lifestyle), sexually "open" relationships go under the microscope yet again in this feature-length effort from Taxicab Confessions creators Joe and Harry Gantz. Sex With Strangers profiles two couples and one threesome in which each partner has agreed to experiment sexually with others, ideally without emotional attachment. First up are James and Theresa, a middle-aged Oregon husband and wife who seek out action on the Internet, then travel to the site of the willing party in their camper van. Meanwhile in Mississippi, Gerard and Shannon are young marrieds who frequent sex parties, trying to organize their often-separate sexual schedules around caring for their son. Finally, James' younger friend Calvin may think he has it all -- two full-time girlfriends -- but the jealousy and resentment between the two comes to the fore as he tries to decide which woman he's going to legally marry. Sex With Strangers was aired on Showtime before its theatrical run.

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Critic Reviews for Sex with Strangers

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It's a documentary that says that the alternate sexuality meant to set you free may require so much relationship maintenance that celibacy can start looking good.

Oct 11, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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As a thoughtful and unflinching examination of an alternative lifestyle, Sex with Strangers is a success.

Sep 20, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Couples titillated by the possibility of swinging will probably leave the theater gripping each other's hands a little more tightly.

Sep 13, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Finally, a movie for people who just can't get enough Jerry Springer.

Aug 31, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

I didn't find much fascination in the swinging. What they're doing is a matter of plumbing arrangements and mind games, of no erotic or sensuous charge. But that they are doing it is thought-provoking.

Aug 16, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A film that forces you to bring along and confront your own sexual mores, whether you like it or not.

Aug 15, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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