The Oh in Ohio
This article is from 2006.
Sex comedy (Billy Kent, US, 2006) 88min
Priscilla (Parker Posey) suffers from sexual dysfunction, a condition that apparently afflicts 30 million women in the US. Her sour faced teacher husband (Paul Rudd) is on the point of straying despite his lovely wife’s many attempts at ever more bizarre forms of therapy, but then redemption comes from the strangest of places.
Director Kent and screenwriter Adam Wierzbianski’s mildly entertaining comedy of modern sexual mores in the suburbs of Cleveland is actually little more than a series of vignettes underpinned by a slightly sexist, demeaning hippie ethic (think Clive Donner’s What’s New Pussycat). So we get to hear Liza Minnelli scream ‘value your vulva!’ and watch Posey vibrate herself half to death. It’s fun, silly, kooky and occasionally a little cringy. Fashioned very much in the style of the work of Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) and his contemporaries, this actually plays more like a Paul Bartel (Eating Raoul) film without the glorious insanity. Still, stars Posey, Rudd and Danny DeVito do stella work keeping things in check. (Paul Dale)
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