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"It's quite simply the opposite of good"
2 stars

How could you fuck something up this promising?

The movie's premise is so simple yet the writer and director of the movie, Don Roos, never has a feel for any of it. The performers do, but the author doesn't. The movie's script contridicts itself much too often.

It's about a sixteen year old named Dedee (Christina Ricci) who moves in with her homosexual brother (Martin Donovan) and steals his boyfriend. She gets pregnant (but we don't know whose it is) and Dedee and her brother's boyfriend runaway. From this point on, the movie quickly falls apart. The jokes get really lame (Dedee has another boyfriend who is said to have one nut. Is this funny just knowing he has one nut? Show it if you want to get a laugh!) and the simplest things get misunderstood.


Take the delivery room scene, were Ricci's character (who also serves as narrator of the movie) is having a baby. Ricci's character than narrates the scene by saying something like "I know this is just another delivery scene, so lets cut to a more original scene". That so-called original scene involves Lisa Kudrow as a woman who is torn because of her brothers death who confesses that she misses him. That scene wasn't nearly as involving as it should have been. It isn't even original! I kept wanting the movie to cut back to the delivery room scene, which is completly original. Here you have a girl giving bith with her gay brother as her coach. That's original, funny and somewhat touching. Here you have this man who, by the nature of his sexuality, wouldn't be able to experience such an event without a wife and here is his chance.


And the movie then further contridicts itself in the end with a very sloppy speech by Ricci. This movie is a complete mess that only holds some interest by the performances by Ricci and Kudrow.


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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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