Movies From the Hat V #31 – Patrick’s Pick – Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)


This is my 2980th Review

Thanks to Patrick of JumpCut UK for this recommendation.

“I remember reading somewhere that men learn to love the person that they’re attracted to, and that women become more and more attracted to the person that they love. ” – Graham

Number of Times Seen – 2 (cable in the 90’s and 22 Mar 2017)

Brief Synopsis – When an old college friend visits a lawyer and his wife, they all begin to start seeing what is really going on around them.

My Take on it – This is a film I saw once as a teen and just didn’t understand it.

The title seem quite provocative, but that is used just for the shock factor; the story itself is amazing to watch unfold.

Most of this film is dialogue and writer/director Steven Soderbergh does an amazing job creating four diverse characters that each look at the feelings and acts of love from varying standpoints.

The characters have frank discussions about things most people are not comfortable discussing in public, let alone private and we get to know each of them so well based solely on this.

Normally, one would consider a film with this kind of title too dirty, but the amazing cast of four (James Spader, Peter Gallagher, Andie MacDowell and Laura San-Giacomo) make it more poignant by their performances.

The balance between loving and loathing these characters is a fine one, but because this movie is written so well, we understand each of them much better and can sympathize with (most) of their actions.

The mix between drama and comedy is well done and it uses these elements to show how dangerous life can be when it is full of secrets or repressed that we forget to think about the important things as we scurry to keep things secretive from those around us.

Bottom Line – Such an amazing movie because we get to meet four completely different characters who each have different priorities in life when it comes to interacting with their lovers.  Amazing cast helps make this film seem poignant instead of dirty because they get the balance just right to make us understand and not loathe these people.  This film borders the fine line between comedy and drama because it shows us how life can be so secretive that we miss out on the important things in life because we are too busy trying to keep things from others.  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – On the first day of production, the producers sent Steven Soderbergh a telegram, joking that they’d heard reports that he couldn’t direct traffic. Twelve years later, Soderbergh won an Oscar for directing Traffic (2000). (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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