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The Opposite of Sex (1997)

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A 16-year-old girl visits her gay half-brother and ends up seducing his boyfriend, thus wreaking havoc on all of their lives.


Don Roos


Don Roos
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Christina Ricci ... Dedee Truitt
Martin Donovan ... Bill Truitt
Lisa Kudrow ... Lucia DeLury
Lyle Lovett ... Sheriff Carl Tippett
Johnny Galecki ... Jason Bock
William Lee Scott ... Randy Cates
Ivan Sergei ... Matt Mateo
Megan Blake ... Bobette
Colin Ferguson ... Tom DeLury
Dan Bucatinsky ... Timothy
Chauncey Leopardi ... Joe
Rodney Eastman ... Ty
Heather Fairfield ... Jennifer Oakes
Amy Atkins Amy Atkins ... TV Reporter
Leslie Grossman ... Girl Student


A 16 year old Louisiana girl moves in with her homosexual half-brother and immediately starts coming on to his sexual partner, finally forcing him into an affair in which she becomes pregnant. The whole affair blows into a scandal exposing her school teacher brother and the true parent of the child is called into question as it is revealed that there have been a series of lovers. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be offended


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and sex related dialogue and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


A musical adaptation of this movie premiered in San Francisco in 2004 with music by Douglas J. Cohen and a book by Cohen and Robert Jess Roth based on Don Roos's filmscript. The original West Coast cast included Kerry Butler as Dede, David Burtka as Matt, Karen Ziemba as Lucia, and John Bolton as Bill. See more »


Police cruisers and uniforms for the Ontario Provincial Police are completely inaccurate. See more »


Dedee Truitt: Plus, I'd clean for them. Or tell the maid places she missed.
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Crazy Credits

No minor was used to portray any sexually explicit conduct. See more »


Referenced in All Over the Guy (2001) See more »


For Another Clown
Written and Performed by Shane Koss & Adrian Hierholzer
Courtesy of Daring Music
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User Reviews

Moderately Amusing, Refreshingly Candid Observations
23 February 1999 | by RJBoseSee all my reviews

In movie reviews and commentary much has been made of the scathing commentary provided by Christina Ricci's character throughout "Opposite of Sex". This aspect is one of the more memorable and interesting parts of the film's construction. While somewhat overdone to make the point, most of "Deedee's" observations are rather humorous, and (certainly to the dismay of some viewers) quite accurate.

The story itself is rather engaging, but slows down considerably towards the end. A sexually precocious (i.e. slutty) 16 year old leaves her pathetic and newly widowed Mother in Louisiana to invite herself to her half-brother's fine house in Indiana. Her half-brother is a homosexual, but of the "regular guy" mode now popular in such entertainment venues as television shows and the movies. The half-brother's live-in "boyfriend" is a bit more goofy, and soon succumbs to the feminine wiles of Deedee, whom we learn has motives other than sexual companionship sparking this sudden interest in his conversion. Conveniently for the storyline, the half-brother has been left financially well-off by the death of his previous "boyfriend", a successful stockbroker; (one guess as to the nature of the fatal malady).

The now pregnant Deedee and the half-brother's former "companion" vanish, setting into motion a plot which introduces various other characters, and a frantic and often confusing search for the runaways. Other love interests and potential love interests of varying sexual preference enter the tale (as it were).

Suffice to say that everything is neatly tied up by the end of the story, which seems about 15 minutes too long. The movie is moderately amusing, but the reprehensible nature of Christina Ricci's Deedee becomes somewhat overpowering by the midpoint of the film, and all the rest involved seem more like losers than anything else, despite any politically correct posturing which starts to become a bit thick towards the end.

It is interesting to watch Miss Ricci's career continue to blossom, however, and for that reason alone the movie is worth a look.

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Release Date:

22 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$102,385, 25 May 1998

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rysher Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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