Frannie Avery is a New York City inner city high school English teacher, whose passion is collecting words and phrases that interest her, either because of their meaning and/or just because of the way they sound. The way that she and her paternal half sister Pauline Avery, her closest confidante, deal with men and sex has largely been affected by their father, who is working on marrying wife number five. Frannie thinks about sex more than she has it. Her lack of a sex life is further exacerbated by being the object of obsession of James Graham, a man with who she had a few casual dates and two sexual encounters, which has made her even more cautious. This complete experience is why she has a somewhat inappropriate, albeit non-sexual relationship with Cornelius Webb, one of her students. She eventually embarks on a sexual relationship with NYPD Homicide Detective Giovanni Malloy, who, along with his partner Detective Ritchie Rodriguez, are investigating the murder of a young woman, ... Written by
The Unrated Version is notorious for a scene where fellatio is witnessed by Meg Ryan's character, although it was later revealed in the film commentary, that the actress was using a rubber prop. See more »
55 & 1/2 minutes into the film: Frannie and Cornelius are outside the Baby Doll bar and saying goodbye as Frannie is going upstairs to visit Pauline. He takes Frannie's left hand and kisses it but in the next shot he's holding her right hand. See more »
What does "broccoli" mean"?
Depends on the context. Pubic hair or marijuana. It's a noun.
Vagina. As in, "He penetrated her Virginia with a hammer".
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I had low expectations as I thought the book was overrated but this was so much worse than I thought possible. The whole movie made me squirm it was so awful. The dialogue is terrible, there is no motivation behind ANY of the actions or words of any of the characters. The sex scenes were uncomfortable, not sexy. Every word spoken by the 2 cops was cringe inducing. Nothing rings true and there isn't a likeable character in the whole movie. There is no suspense, no tension. And while Meg's body looked fine her face looked awful.
Jane Campion owes her an apology. The worst movie I have seen in years.
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