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This is not just any office. At Lovehoney, the rubber genitals sit right beside the ringbinders – and there’s nothing sleazy about it
I am standing by a grey, formica-topped desk under the bare light of a strip bulb when I notice the shelves. They are full of rubber bums. And vaginas. The odd limpid penis. I have stumbled on a poultry aisle of matt-finish genitals right beside the ringbinders.
This isn’t any office. I have gone behind the scenes at Lovehoney – the Bath-based cornucopia of cock rings and crotchless knickers that takes centre stage in documentary The Joy of Sex Toys, the second series of which debuts, of course, on Valentine’s Day. It is only three days before the main event and the warehouse is thrumming with activity. Those massage candles aren’t going to dispatch themselves.
“Sex is hilarious,” says co-founder Richard Longhurst. “There are all these people being very serious, »
- Nell Frizzell
If there weren’t already a film called “World’s Greatest Dad,” that over-commodified Father’s Day slogan would have made a fine title for Matt Ross’ “Captain Fantastic,” which stars Viggo Mortensen as one of the screen’s all-time most progressive patriarchs — the surviving half of a counter-culture couple who decided to shrug off capitalism (they ignore Christmas, but celebrate “Noam Chomsky Day”), quit the big city and raise their family off the grid. But when Mom commits suicide, that puts a major twist in the fairy tale, which is precisely where Ross’ emotionally gripping family drama begins, evenhandedly weighing the pros and cons of its wildly unconventional parenting strategy, as the grieving father and his six kids cope with the idea of integrating back into polite society.
Boasting half a dozen impressive youth performances alongside a leading role that takes full advantage of Mortensen’s own sensitive, back-to-nature spirit, »
- Peter Debruge
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