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Opposite of Sex, The
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by Cochise

"Not the usual love story."
3 stars

“Opposite of Sex” is not the best film out, but it is one of the most interesting and refreshing films I have seen in a long time. Instead of the nice likeable heroine you would get in a Prozac movie, you are presented with a heroine, DeDee, who is a young teenage bitch. This makes the movie unusual.

The main character is Bill, DeDee’s half brother. He is a high school teacher, and he is gay. DeDee leaves home and goes to live with Bill. DeDee discovers that Bill has a current lover, even though he has not completely gotten over the death of his previous lover. The story is centered on Bill’s love problems.

DeDee decides it would be fun to seduce Bill’s current lover, Matt. That, of course, screws everything up. Matt decides he’s not really homosexual, but is bisexual. After his fling with DeDee, he leaves Bill. And that is not all of Bill’s trouble. He has to deal with his depressed sister, whose connection with Bill is that she is the sister of his dead lover. The conflict between DeDee and Lucia forms a major part of the story.

I have said enough about the details of the plot. If I tell you any more, it may spoil some of the unexpected things this movie has in store for you.

This is a difficult film to pigeonhole. It is not exactly drama, and it is not exactly comedy either. Maybe somewhere in between. Which just goes to show that a film does not have to fit into a conventional slot to be entertaining.

DeDee narrates much of the story (and back-story). But it is not your straight out boring voice-over. DeDee teases and plays with the audience in a very interesting fashion. (About the teasing and playing with, I don’t want to say any more, as it could ruin the surprise for you.)

The narration makes the film work for the reasons stated above, and also, because the voice-overs, in my opinion, are used as a device to keep the film from going over the top. For example, when Lucia kisses the cop in front of her hotel room and then closes the door, we never go into the room to see the couple making love (in the usual half-naked fashion). Instead, DeDee’s voice-over takes our focus away from the couple by telling us that something gross (in her opinion) is going to happen. In other cases, when heavy drama is about to occur, DeDee and her voice-over intrudes, and this prevents the scene from going over the top.

The film deals with homosexuality in a refreshing way. The gay men are not hiding behind a disease (as in “Philadelphia” with Tom Hanks) or hiding behind funny clothes and comedy (as in “The Birdcage” with Robin Williams). The gay characters in “The Opposite of Sex” don’t dress, act, or talk strange, they are just ordinary people. (By the way, I do think that Tom Hanks and Robin William’s movies are better than “The Opposite of Sex.”)

The film satirizes fundamentalist Christians and their attitudes to homosexuality. DeDee’s boyfriend is presented as one of those typical “wannabe” Christians who, in their eagerness to do what they believe is right (i.e., to follow the teachings of the Bible exactly), often commit very un-Christian acts. (Such as bashing or killing gay men.) In one scene, DeDee’s boyfriend becomes enraged and DeDee tries to calm him down by telling him to “be Christ-like.” However, he does not become gentle, but remains angry and tells her she is unrighteous because she is with homosexuals. (In real life, there was a situation recently where a man had bashed some gay men to death. In prison the murderer became religious and converted to Christianity. Then, he had the gall to say he would be saved - go to heaven - because God had forgiven him, but that the men he killed would go to hell because they were gay.)

People who bash gays are basing their actions on 1 Corinthians 6:9:

Neither fornicators, nor idolaters nor adulterers, nor
homosexuals, nor sodomites . . . will inherit the Kingdom
of God.

The characterization of DeDee was handled very cautiously. She was presented as a bitch, but not a complete bitch. In this way the audience’s sympathy could remain with her.

The pace of the film is reasonably quick. The tone of the film is slightly cheeky at first, then, after a rock is thrown through Bill’s window, the movie gets more dramatic.

This film is not good enough, in my opinion, to become a cult classic, but it still is well worth seeing. It presents the gay world in a different light than many movies dealing with homosexuality.

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User Comments

6/27/10 art it remind's me of LINDSAY LOHANS "GEORGIA RULE' from 2007. 3 stars
1/17/10 Anonymous good and unique 4 stars
1/07/09 Shaun Wallner Ricci is Hot!! 5 stars
3/26/07 fools♫gold A forgotten 90's masterpiece, much like Twelve Monkeys is. 5 stars
2/15/07 keep silent I just feel like to cry and laugh...what more need to be said? 5 stars
5/28/05 pvtvinay nothing 1 stars
4/16/04 Michael Greenwaldt A funny, outrageous, wicked, and entertaining film! It has some highly quotable dialogue! 4 stars
3/18/04 john makes obvious points and tries to sell them as modern wisdom - boring and somewhat cynical 2 stars
2/05/04 mansour sima 4 stars
1/05/04 cwlg420 Well worth watching, funny 4 stars
12/09/02 Breakwind Sharp, witty dialogues with some superb acting from Ricci and Kudrow. 5 stars
10/10/02 Chancey Sugarpants The Opposite of Sex, Indeed. Sex is fun... this is not. 1 stars
12/08/01 Keith Christina Ricci gives a very good performance. I kinda like it. 4 stars
3/28/01 Monday Morning Some of the finer one-liners in movie history. CR is outstanding too. 4 stars
2/12/01 Richard Wright I LURVE the central idea,why the confused treatment?Riccis wonderful performance is wasted. 2 stars
10/15/00 Dan Ricci is excellent and Lisa Kudrow really surprises. Very well acted, colourful comedy. 5 stars
10/04/00 Spetters Everyone is great in this film and it has some of the wittiest oneliners since many years. 5 stars
8/25/00 M Finke Much better then most rentals. 4 stars
2/26/00 Paul Really worth a look 4 stars
11/01/99 Bozo there's alot going on here; ricci is great & so is ivan segei 5 stars
8/16/99 Ramsay tries too hard, didn't hold my interest 2 stars
6/27/99 The Bomb 69 take it as a comedy and not a drama and it kicks ass!! 5 stars
6/25/99 David It works, real funny dialogue...too bad it's not cinematic 4 stars
4/12/99 Jon Jackson Damn witty Skippy! 4 stars
3/08/99 Go Swans One of the funniest, original films in years. Ricci isn't Wednesday anymore. 4 stars
2/01/99 Vick Di Brecci Didn't really go anywhere. Don't find Ricci particularly sexy. 3 stars
1/06/99 bizzy i can't decide whether i love it or loathe it 3 stars
12/10/98 George Morgan Highly entertaining performance by Lisa Kudrow. She steals the whole movie. 4 stars
11/23/98 roxy i hate christina ricci 3 stars
11/19/98 Evil Buffy drak offensive comedy. but funny. thought the characters + storytelling make the film. ivan 4 stars
11/12/98 Lord Of The Dunce Ricci has been lucky with her roles, but I just don't know if she's gonna step up. Good. 4 stars
11/04/98 Nate Dogg Kick ass.... if only they would have shown Ricci's beautiful cans... 4 stars
10/23/98 Christ Monkey Good dialogue and interesting narration device, but kind of silly. It left me immediately. 3 stars
9/21/98 MR HOLLYWOOD KOOL!!,Riccis excellent,silly plot,bit slow BUT harmless FUN ! 4 stars
9/08/98 Young Einstein Ricci doing the wildd thing was worth price of admission. Average movie. 4 stars
9/05/98 Gary Great / Ricci's narration was excellent 4 stars
9/03/98 Badass A mess. Ricci was good, but the story contridicts itself too much. A very poor script. 2 stars
8/24/98 The Capital City Goofball "I'm not gay, I'm bi." "I've been to a bar mitzphah, that doesn't mean I'm Jewish!" 4 stars
8/22/98 Mister Whoopee Ricci is hot. I take it all back. She's hot. 4 stars
8/15/98 Johny Some parts worked, others didn't. Average. 3 stars
8/12/98 {{OZ}} Signs of cool, not overlty offensive, funny enough 3 stars
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  14-Apr-1998 (R)
  DVD: 17-Nov-1998


  13-Aug-1998 (MA)

Directed by
  Don Roos

Written by
  Don Roos

  Christina Ricci
  Martin Donovan
  Lisa Kudrow
  Lyle Lovett
  Johnny Galecki
  Ivan Sergei

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