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Overall Rating
1.91

Awesome: 9.09%
Worth A Look: 18.18%
Average: 0%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap72.73%

1 review, 5 user ratings


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Sex and Zen
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by Jay Seaver

"Mom... stop reading NOW."
1 stars

I hestitate to write about this one because... well, quite frankly, because my mom might be reading this. But here goes...

Well, I'm never calling American Pie "raunchy" again. Consider: In American Pie, Alyson Hannigan breathily goes on about how one time, at band camp... until late in the movie where she shocks the main character (and the audience) by stating she'd used her flute as a sex toy. Meanwhile, in Sex And Zen, you've got a scene with two girls, one flute, and a pretty clear view of what's happening. Not completely unobstructed - it does manage an R rating rather than an NC-17. There are potential ratings board jokes to be made (it's evidently okay to show a penis not attached to anything else and undergoing terrible bits of slapstick, but you'd better cover it up when it's attached to a man).

I couldn't enjoy this movie, not because I was embarrassed, or because it wasn't funny at times, but because its violence made me uncomfortable. The movie is billed as a "sex comedy", but oftentimes the sex involved seemed to be on the border of spousal abuse and rape - and no matter what side of that line you eventually land, it's not fun to watch. I suppose there's an argument to be made that it's cartoon violence, but I didn't laugh, and was quite confused when it shifted into a more comedic tone right after some woman was practically attacked by her husband. My brain doesn't adjust that fast, and I don't think I'd want it to.

Too bad; I liked Amy Yip and much of the rest of the cast on a strict "that's a desirable female human being" level. Some scenes also feature good over-the-top absurdity.

But too much is just ugly, no matter how pretty the people doing it may be.

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User Comments

6/06/07 David Pollastrini Porno masquerading as art 1 stars
12/23/05 dilani dilani 1 stars
8/17/04 Herolder May seem odd for the unprepared, but give it a try 4 stars
7/21/04 S. Green This film is well worth a look as it is a great representation of the genre. 4 stars
7/03/04 DPB Power Film!!!!!!! 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  23-Jun-1998 (R)
  DVD: 11-Dec-2001

UK
  N/A

Australia
  02-Nov-1998


Directed by
  Michael Mak

Written by
  Michael Mak

Cast
  Lawrence Ng
  Kent Cheng
  Xu Jin-Jang
  Lieh Lo
  Amy Yip
  Isabella Chow



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