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
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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 »
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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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