sex, lies, and videotape

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Released 1989

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Director:
Steven Soderbergh
Released:
1989
Rating:
R

sex, lies and videotape is the 1989 independent filmmaking sensation that ushered in a new indie era and put prolific filmmaker Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean's 11, Erin Brockovich, Out of Sight, Solaris) on the map for good. John Mullany (Peter Gallagher, American Beauty), has a wife, Anne, played by Andie MacDowell (Groundhog Day, Multiplicity), who is afraid of her own sexuality and consequently bores her husband. He engages in an affair with his wife's own sister Cynthia, played by Laura San Giacomo (The Stand, Just Shoot Me). Things are complicated even further when a therapist (Ron Vawter) tapes his sessions with Cynthia who confesses to various sexual escapades. Graham (James Spader, Wolf), John's old school chum, comes to stay with them and Ann becomes interested in him and learns that he too has a sexual problem - he is impotent. She and the audience later learn that the only way he gets off is by watching tapes of him asking women questions of their sexual history.

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  • 100

    Variety

    A sexy, nuanced, beautifully controlled examination of how a quartet of people are defined by their erotic impulses and inhibitions.

  • 100

    The New York Times

    Astonishing... One of the freshest American films of the decade. [4 Aug 1989]

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It has more intelligence than heart, and is more clever than enlightening. But it is never boring, and there are moments when it reminds us of how sexy the movies used to be, back ...

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