Sex, lies and videotape #MovieReview

Film 321 in the ‘1001 Films to See Before You Die’ challenge is 1989’s “Sex, lies and videotape”. Directed by Steven Soberbergh, this independent drama is about a man (James Spader) who films women discussing their sexuality, and his impact on the relationships of a troubled married couple and the wife’s younger sister. This film seriously won the Best Film award at Cannes in ’89? Bollocks! First of all, I had no clue what was happening. One minute we hear Ann (Andie MacDowell) talk about garbage, I don’t know why, and then the next minute she says that she’s never masturbated and never had sex. EVEN THOUGH SHE’S MARRIED! Then you have James Spader’s character who looks like the sort of person who should be asking for change on the sidewalk. Then there’s John and Cynthia who are… horny! All they do is shag! And even though this film is rated 18 (or R in America) we don’t see any sex! Instead we see a plant pot covering John’s… shlong. Overall, this film felt like a really bad sex education lesson being taught by a teacher who knows nothing about sex ed. I managed 20 minutes before giving in. Fun Fact – The director got his big break in directing when he was asked to film a full-length concert film for the band Yes. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1989’s “Sex, lies and videotape”

Film – Sex, lies and videotape
Year – 1989
Director – Steven Soberbergh
Written by – Steven Soberbergh
Staring – James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher
IMDb Rating – 7.2/10
My Rating – ZZZZZZZzzz
Length – 95 min (1h 35min)
Genre – Drama

We open at Ray’s Bait Shop as a John’s wife talks about trash to a therapist

So… Being happy makes you fat?!?

That is the loudest person I’ve heard on the other end of the phone – They clearly post-recorded what he said on the other end

Not quite sure what’s happening

Let’s have sex in front of the fireplace in the greenhouse

Now let’s talk about masturbation

John’s wife thinks masturbation is stupid

I’m confused – How did we get from talking about trash to masturbating

Wait… You shagged your girl on your lunch break?!?

Why does everyone’s shirt in this film look like they’ve never been ironed?

Wait what? You had sex in your sisters bed?!? DAFUQ???

12 minutes in and I have no clue what’s happening


By the way, we’re in Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Thanks Wikipedia

Is this film meant to make everyone feel awkward?

Are they eating a bowl of chopped onions? With a spoon?

So… Graham lives in his car because he only likes having one key

Also he has no job because he only likes having one key

Wait… John’s a lawyer??!?

Now to go house hunting

Is she wearing a giant white shirt for a coat?

Meanwhile John shags Cynthia again while the wife’s away with Graham


I can’t describe Cynthia as a slut! – Floozy? Vamp? Tart? Harlot? – Either way she’s not fuckable!

Holy shit! Was that Frazier drinking at the bar?

Ann says that sex is overrated and gives a complicated reason as to why


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