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Sex & Sushi
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by Elaine Perrone

"Sushi that's better suited to use as bait than to put on your table."
2 stars

Sleazeball private investigator Bobby Jacobs (Robert Lawton) develops his client base in a rather unorthodox fashion. Seldom hired by the people who pay him, he and his associate Jay (Jay Dedman) make their living by randomly tailing men who look “wrong” and then extorting them for the compromising photos they manage to surreptitiously procure. When his targets need a little push to infidelity, Bobby recruits the services of a hooker acquaintance – “a real pro” – in order to gather his incriminating evidence.

Bobby unconvincingly professes to aspire to a monogamous relationship himself but claims to be hindered, ironically, by his concurrent desire to bed every third woman he meets with basic motor skills. Given a choice between making love to his beautiful, intelligent, and loving Swedish girlfriend and a co-worker who bears a strong resemblance to Chewbacca, Bobby, without hesitation, selects Chewie – simply on the basis that she would be a new experience for him. Cementing the impression of him as a misogynous asshole who could no sooner sustain a monogamous relationship than sprout wings, Bobby admits that at the end of the day, he’d rather just “fuck a pro.” In response to his friend Jay’s expression of incredulity that he’d choose to pay a prostitute to sleep with him, Bobby snaps back, also rather incredulously, “You don’t pay a hooker for sex. You pay her to leave.”

When Bobby finally does secure a walk-in client, it’s the lovely Rachel (Ashley Carin, a charming young actor with a bit of a Renée Zellweger vibe about her), who is on the brink of marriage to Steve (Drew Seltzer), an unmitigated lowlife who treats women even more heinously than Bobby does.

By far the film’s most repulsive scene – going some, in a movie that is just filled with obnoxious moments – is the one in which Steve engages a female co-worker in a mean-spirited game of “How Much?” – goading her on, until finally offering her $2,740.00 to take off her shirt and let him “suck on [her] tits for one minute.” I honestly didn’t know whether to be more incensed by a man who would treat a woman so callously or a woman who would sit meekly through such an ordeal without retaliating on her own behalf, in the face of such egregious behavior.

Writer-director Lawton describes Sex & Sushi as a romantic comedy about monogamy. Sadly, at the end of the day, the movie fails as either rom or com entirely because of Lawton’s own vitriolic script that fuels it. Lawton has written both Bobby and Steve as men so despicable that there is no way I was convinced a woman as savvy as Rachel would give either one the time of day, let alone enter into long-term relationships with them. He has written his character Jules (Julie Strope) as a cipher who is little more than an appreciative audience for Bobby’s caustic bons mots, when instead she should be enraged by them.

With a dearth of such fare coming out of the Hollywood machine, I would greatly welcome a smart and tasty indie rom-com about singles struggling to make the transition from sex-and-sushi relationships to loving and committed ones. As it is, Sex & Sushi is just smart-alecky and tasteless – a foul-smelling dish that I’d be loath to feed to my cats.

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originally posted: 06/26/05 17:10:06
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3/17/17 Ellie J Saw it on Amazon Prime just now & really liked it. Fun little slice of NYC life! 5 stars
9/02/16 Fred This was a great movie, destined to become a "cult classic" 5 stars
9/24/12 Ted Stryker Super good, seriously! Lighten up, Elaine. 5 stars
5/06/08 Ian C SEE it for yourself. Criminally underrated. 5 stars
4/01/08 Osama Good thing Lawton is a trust fund baby, otherwise we'd be funding him on SSI. 1 stars
12/30/06 Lucy Schneider I LOVED this movie so much!!! 5 stars
9/18/06 danil good movie 1 stars
12/01/05 abhi good fuck movie 5 stars
11/16/05 Cynthia G This movie ROCKED!..only an uptight a**hole wouldn't get it 5 stars
11/08/05 Jessie pretentious nonsense 1 stars
10/23/05 Bob The worst movie in film history. 1 stars
7/17/05 Bill Miller Wow! "Have this washed and brought to my tent!" 5 stars
7/03/05 Kirsten Totally sick & twisted...I loved it 4 stars
6/27/05 Donald Greenblat A gem of a film with dialogue bitting and real. i loved it. 5 stars
6/26/05 Keith Harker better than most neatly packaged hollywod flicks. moments you would never see. 4 stars
6/26/05 Tony Nogales Like it or not, this is how guys really talk 5 stars
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  Robert Lawton

  Ashley Carin
  Robert Lawton
  Lucas Papaelias
  Julie Strope
  Jay Dedman
  Erika Smith

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