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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)

Seven segments related to one another only in that they all purport to be based on sections of the book by David Reuben. The segments range from "Do Aphrodisiacs Work?" in which a court ... See full summary »

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Seven segments related to one another only in that they all purport to be based on sections of the book by David Reuben. The segments range from "Do Aphrodisiacs Work?" in which a court jester gives an aphrodisiac to the Queen and is, in the end, beheaded to "What Happens During Ejaculation?" in which we watch 'control central' during a successful seduction. Written by Scott R. Vaughn <scott@vaughn.hon.msu.edu>

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First of two Woody Allen movies to feature the word "Sex" in the title. The second would be A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982) about a decade later. See more »

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Possibly deliberate error by filmmaker. At the very end of the "What's My Perversion" segment. See more »

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The Queen: Didst I feel aright or didst I feel that thy two hands did upon my royal body cop a feel?
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Opening and closing credits shown over footage of rabbits. See more »

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Referenced in Sex and the City: The Power of Female Sex (1998) See more »

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Battle Hymn of the Republic
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Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1862)
Sung by the sexual organs crew
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Uneven but sometimes brilliant series of sketches about sex.
17 June 2010 | by (US) – See all my reviews

While all the early Woody Allen films are funny and worthwhile, this is probably the most uneven to my taste.

Allen took the famous, serious non-fiction book about sex, and turned it into a series of short comedy pieces. A couple segments are pure genius (inside the male body during sex, Gene Wilder falling in love with a sheep), a couple are pretty good (Woody as a medieval court jester trying to have an affair with the queen, who is locked into a chastity belt, a mad scientist creates a giant milk squirting breast that goes on a rampage) and a few are real duds.

Also, of all the Allen films, this might have the worst DVD print/transfer quality.

It's bizarre and disturbing is that a lot of Allen's brilliant early work seems to be going out of print. Hopefully this is just a temporary state of affairs, and better re-releases are ahead. But if you're a fan you might want to grab copies of this, Bananas, Sleeper, Take the Money and Run, etc now, while you can.


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