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I have a friend who says golf is not only better than sex, but lasts longer. Of course, this argument is all a mind game, and sex itself, sweat and all, is the prize for the winner. The movie takes place in Baton Rouge, La. Early in the film, we hear her telling her psychiatrist that this is no big problem; sex is really overrated, she thinks, compared to larger issues such as how the Earth is running out of places to dispose of its garbage.
An old friend turns up in town. He moves in. Makes himself at home. One day he has lunch with Ann, and they begin to flirt with their conversation, turning each other on with words carefully chosen to occupy the treacherous ground between eroticism and a proposition. If this were true, impotence and frigidity would not exist, but if hope did not spring eternal, not much else would spring, either.
Unable to satisfy himself in the usual ways, he videotapes the sexual fantasies of women, and then watches them. This scene, and indeed the whole movie, would not work unless the direction and acting liea sex precisely right this is the kind of movie where a slightly wrong tone could lead to a very bad laughbut Spader and MacDowell do not step wrong. Can you imagine the challenge an actor faces in taking the kind of character I have described and making him not only intriguing but seductive?
Spader has the kind of sexual ambiguity of the young Brando or Dean; he seems to suggest that if he bypasses the usual sexual approaches it is because he has something more interesting up, or down, his sleeve. I am not sure it is as good as the Cannes jury apparently found it; it has more intelligence than heart, and is more clever than enlightening.
But it is never boring, and there are moments when it reminds us of how sexy the movies used to be, back in the days when speech was an erogenous zone.
Roger Ebert was the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times from until his death in Inhe won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism. James Spader as Graham. Andie MacDowell as Ann. Peter Gallagher as John. Laura San Giacomo as Cynthia. Ron Vawter as Therapist. Steven Brill as Barfly.
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