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Writer (WGA):
Adam Rifkin (written by)
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Release Date:
13 October 1999 (France) See more »
Couples split up after a comment at an LA dinner party sets up arguments about how truthful partners are in their relationships. | Add synopsis »
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A sleazy misfire, despite a wonderful cast and a provocative premise See more (14 total) »


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Jonathan Silverman ... Joel

Leah Lail ... Sophie

Patrick Dempsey ... Sam

Christine Taylor ... Sammie

Ryan Alosio ... Isaac

Amy Yasbeck ... Claudia

Jason Alexander ... Art Witz

Charles Shaughnessy ... Dr. Lionel Taft

Jessica Lundy ... Bonnie

Angie Everhart ... Candace

Adam Rifkin ... Reuben
Doran Clark ... Vicki

Hudson Leick ... Deborah

Richard Hillman ... Carl
Shawnee Free Jones ... Eve (as Shawnee Free-Jones)

Kristina Krofft ... Valerie

Nicholas Worth ... Walt Smiley

Shelly Desai ... Azar

Jane Jenkins ... Dawn (as J.J. Chaback)

Jessica Capshaw ... Marcia

Kim Kim ... Korean Lady
Miles Dougal ... Himself
Jack Orend ... Ernie (as Jack R. Orend)
Bunny Summers ... Pearl
Lauren Rifkin ... Teenage Girl
Jacob Handy ... Hank
Zachary Handy ... Hank
Cody Bischoff ... Jason
Kyle Bischoff ... Jason

Maria Bamford ... Newscaster

Doug Jones ... Ghost

Ron Jeremy ... Himself

Janine Lindemulder ... Herself

Chasey Lain ... Herself
Edwin Craig ... Audience Member
Al Goldstein ... Pervert

Adam Bitterman ... Hot Dog Vendor

Price Carson ... Person at Bookshop
Arthur Burghardt ... Stuffy Man

John Paxton ... Clergyman

Steve Schirripa ... Best Man

Loryn Locklin ... Art's Date

Lisa Brounstein ... Puddles
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kenny Apel ... Rooftop Waiter (uncredited)

Jacklyn Lick ... (uncredited)

David Quane ... Studly Guy (uncredited)

Mary Ann Schmidt ... Cadaver (uncredited)

Directed by
Adam Rifkin 
Writing credits
Adam Rifkin (written by)

Produced by
Peter Abrams .... producer
J.P. Guerin .... executive producer
Donald Kushner .... executive producer
Robert L. Levy .... executive producer
Peter Locke .... executive producer
Louise Rosner .... producer
Brad Wyman .... producer
Original Music by
Tyler Bates 
Cinematography by
Francis Kenny 
Film Editing by
Peter Schink 
Casting by
Annette Benson 
Production Design by
Steve Hardie 
Costume Design by
Denise Wingate 
Makeup Department
Dee Dee Altamura .... assistant makeup artist
Judy Crown .... personal hair stylist: Jason Alexander
Tony Gardner .... special makeup designer
Production Management
Sherwood Jones .... post-production supervisor
Louise Rosner .... unit production manager
Art Department
Sandy Adams .... on-set dresser
Stephen Gibson .... property master
Stella Starlight .... buyer
Sound Department
Pembrooke Andrews .... assistant dialogue editor
Larry Benjamin .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Curtis .... adr editor
Matthew T. Duncan .... re-recording assistant
Marc Fishman .... sound re-recording mixer
Elisabeth Flaum .... sound effects editor
Jason King .... dialogue editor
Ross Levy .... boom operator
Brandon Walker .... sound supervisor
Tim Walston .... sound editor
Chuck Borden .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Gibson .... camera loader
Jeffrey S. Lorenz .... first assistant camera
Michael Negrin .... camera operator
Jerry Patton .... second assistant camera
Dale Robinette .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Beth Beasley .... costumer
Editorial Department
Matt Absher .... second assistant editor
Location Management
Gary DeGalla .... location manager (as Gary De Galla)
Music Department
Christopher Violette .... music supervisor
Billy White Acre .... composer: additional score (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Matthew Ballard .... transportation captain
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car
Guy J. Graves .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Gina Cavalier .... production coordinator
Hank Chilton .... production coordinator
Harlan Freedman .... production executive
Michael Haddad .... craft service
Brent Jones .... production accountant
Lee Metzger .... key set production assistant
Curtis A. Miller .... production coordinator
Lisa Perkins .... assistant to director

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Something About Sex" - USA (video title)
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93 min
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-15 (TV rating) (self applied) | France:Tous publics | Iceland:16 | Norway:11 | Spain:13 | UK:18 | UK:15 (re-rating) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Patrick Dempsey and Jessica Capshaw would later go on to star and Grey's Anatomy together.See more »
Sophie:I have never said anything derogatory about your penis.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Welcome to Hollywood (1998)See more »


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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A sleazy misfire, despite a wonderful cast and a provocative premise, 12 May 2010
Author: Amy Adler from Toledo, Ohio

Joel (Jonathan Silverman), a hotshot LA lawyer, is throwing a dinner party with his beautiful second wife, medical student Sophie (Leah Lail). Also at the meal is photographer Claudia (Amy Yasbeck) and her handsome husband, Isaac (Ryan Alosio) as well as chef Sam (Patrick Dempsey) and his pregnant fiancée, Sammie (Christine Taylor). They are exchanging banter when another guest arrives solo. That would be author Art (Jason Alexander), a new client of Joel's. In short order, the "sweetness and light" of the dinner blows away, as Art dishes on the subject of marital fidelity. It is this writer's opinion that men will never be faithful, even in marriages where the wife is greatly loved. Uh oh. Virtriol is soon being flung, for Claudia, especially, is very angry at Art's smug ideas and egotistical personality. Before long, the party is over. Once the guests have gone, Joel and Sophie get into further discussion of fidelity, because Joel cheated on his first wife with Sophe. The other couples arrive at their homes pretty confused also. It isn't too long before Art's theories are tested, as Joel frequents an oriental "massage parlor", Sophie garners the attention of an anatomy prof (Charles Shaunessy) and Isaac meets a lovely antiques dealer when he shops for an anniversary gift for Claudia. Also, Sammie is busy redecorating her home for the baby while Sam spends long hours at the restaurant, taking breaks to visit the triple X theaters and read his porn magazines. Then, too, Joel has to bail his brother Reuben (Adam Rifin, who wrote and directed the film) out of another tangle with the law and a chance second encounter between Claudia and Art, of all people, may lead to something, too. Whoowee, are the writer's ideas correct? If not for the wonderful cast, I would have turned this sleazy flick off after the first 30. Silverman, Dempsey, Taylor and the others are THE only reason to keep watching, for they try to elevate the material into something watchable. It's a no go. Yes, there may be something to the difficulties of faithfulness in marriage but this seems to delve into deviancy, too. The sets, costumes, and camera work are fine but nothing spectacular while the script and direction are sometimes interesting but mostly offensive. In brief, don't bother to look this one up, especially if you are a newlywed. It's a depressing film with very little to offer the viewing public.

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