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Worth A Look: 19.77%
Average: 6.98%
Pretty Bad: 16.28%
Total Crap: 5.81%

4 reviews, 62 user ratings

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Better Than Sex
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by Stephen Groenewegen

"Lust and Other Catastrophes"
5 stars

In Better than Sex, Josh (David Wenham) and Cyn (Susie Porter) meet at a party and then head back to Cyn’s warehouse flat for a one-night stand. He’s due to return to London in three days; the situation couldn’t be more perfect for a night of passion, with no-strings attached. Could it?

Better than Sex is essentially a two-actor story, set in Cyn’s apartment as the one-night stand turns into a three-night stand, and then - perhaps - something more. Teplitsky focuses on Cyn’s point-of-view a little more than Josh’s at first, which is
frustrating because David Wenham is so compelling as the quietly charming and confident Josh. I’ve seen David Wenham on stage, television and film, and he moves effortlessly between each medium. Josh is another highly accomplished characterisation.

Susie Porter holds her own as Cyn, giving her a strong vulnerable streak amidst her occasional volatility and compulsiveness. Although it’s a two-hander, much of it focused on their sexual relationship, Teplitsky breaks up the action with a few
artificial devices - an omniscient taxi driver, unseen interviewer, and the gossipy telephone conversations of their friends. Some of these - Kris McQuade’s laconic taxi
driver especially - initially seem a little stark, but they add to the humour (Josh and Cyn’s thoughts during sex - conveyed by voiceover - are frequently hilarious).

Writer/director Jonathan Teplitsky’s written a smart script that captures the heady rush of falling in lust, and then love. Better than Sex starts as a contemporary take on the differences between the sexes, but gradually shifts to a touching love story. As the
characters learn more about themselves and eachother, we do too.

Better than Sex is a deceptively simple production, with crisp cinematography from Garry Phillips, a quirky score by David Hirschfelder and the wonderful production design of Tara Kamath.

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User Comments

1/06/07 Mark I really kiked it 4 stars
7/04/05 Linda Better than sex! 5 stars
5/19/05 ABomb Worse than you can imagine 1 stars
1/14/05 Lance Lets have more nude freckly people in bright sunlight! 1 stars
2/29/04 Sadie Not too deep, just a really fun movie 5 stars
12/13/03 treats maree the movie isn't really about anything. cath mcclements is awesome, gives the movie an edge 3 stars
4/23/02 tony they got into their characters well 4 stars
4/03/02 basheer saudi 5 stars
3/20/02 melody rary 4 stars
2/17/02 Peter Pak Very intelligent Australian production - makes me a big Susie Porter fan 5 stars
10/31/01 willy fecking shweet... try and get the uncut version tho 5 stars
10/22/01 Boomshanka A little disappointing. Love both the leads, but too 'cute' 3 stars
10/21/01 alif i like to fucking someone 5 stars
10/19/01 t.ryan average just average 3 stars
10/02/01 Andrew Anyone who claims this is a yawn has completely missed the point 5 stars
9/11/01 asd y 5 stars
8/06/01 klara gourault i like the intimacy, pretty rare in the screen, actors are great 5 stars
7/19/01 abdulrhman asdsad 5 stars
5/22/01 Desirey its was the bomb and enjoy it so much! makes me want to go to the loo 5 stars
4/01/01 Kate n Lizzie Love David's 5 stars
3/02/01 Darren cute 3 stars
1/07/01 Neil Cammack Might excite the latte set but immature, gauche and succeeds in making sex a big yawn. 2 stars
1/02/01 razi narazi 5 stars
1/01/01 razi narazi 5 stars
1/01/01 qlm sex 4 stars
12/23/00 billy bob totally mad man 5 stars
12/22/00 jack sexmovies 2 stars
12/08/00 jimmy baby it was hot 5 stars
12/04/00 Michelle Rossa Retsores faith in the idea of romance in a stylish, sexy and fun way. Loved it. 5 stars
12/03/00 Francesca we've all been there..simple and witty script! script! 5 stars
12/03/00 Paul Corcoran Cute, funny, falls flat in it's face. Worth a look. Don't reccomend it. 3 stars
12/01/00 ron tritton refreshing different &worth seeing again!! 4 stars
11/25/00 Gigi very funny and realistic 5 stars
11/23/00 Bob Rona Fantasic!! 5 stars
11/18/00 Jane Ferguson fabulous acting by both David and Susie, great story, funny, sexy, very relevant 5 stars
11/15/00 Diane Nails it (so to speak) 5 stars
11/13/00 lil hood excellent movie 5 stars
11/12/00 Masa-Aki N. Emesiochl Great 5 stars
11/10/00 Franko Clever comedy - great story - true to life! 5 stars
11/10/00 joshi ponna i loved this movie 5 stars
11/10/00 PaulJam Wait for the Video 4 stars
11/10/00 anne borish, obvious, annoying, predictable and irritating 1 stars
11/04/00 Belinda Very funny - great acting. 5 stars
11/04/00 david renton it was sexy 5 stars
10/31/00 peter tow a sexy 90 mins with many laughs + many points of recognition 5 stars
10/29/00 bubbles 5 stars!! 5 stars
10/25/00 yazan tv 5 stars
10/25/00 VANI 88 5 stars
10/22/00 peter hayes sex 4 stars
10/21/00 shawn bad 1 stars
10/15/00 archie not much passion 1 stars
10/13/00 dharmawan good 4 stars
10/11/00 dgrwt hgood 5 stars
10/11/00 jespid no comment 5 stars
10/05/00 salleh ok 3 stars
10/02/00 Marcey This movie is great, smart and funny! 5 stars
9/23/00 Marcus Great film; clever and funny 5 stars
9/19/00 KATHY WOW 4 stars
9/11/00 Kookaburra Good date film, women will love. 4 stars
9/08/00 neil bartlett lust, lust and good humor 4 stars
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  DVD: 29-Jul-2003


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