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The Sex Monster (1999)

R | | Comedy | 15 May 1999 (USA)
Marty Barnes gets more than he wishes for when he asks his wife to join him in a menage-a-trois. She loves it and he has created a Sex Monster.

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Mike Binder

Writer:

Mike Binder
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mariel Hemingway ... Laura Barnes
Mike Binder ... Marty Barnes
Renée Humphrey ... Didi
Taylor Nichols ... Billy
Missy Crider ... Diva
Christopher Lawford ... Dave Pembroke
Joanna Heimbold ... Evie Pembroke
Kevin Pollak ... Dr. Jerry Berman
Stephen Baldwin ... Murphy
Anita Barone ... Carol
Kara Zediker ... Ellen
Marisol Nichols ... Lucia
Holland Taylor ... Muriel
Melissa Denton ... Salon Customer
Noah Stone Noah Stone ... Danny
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A neurotic L.A. building contractor pushes his wife into entering into a three way sexual relationship. Unfortunately for him, his wife gets more out of it than he does and becomes a tigress seducing every female she meets including the contractor's secretary. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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His fantasy was a great idea, until she liked it... a lot! See more »

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Comedy

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Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue and for language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Sunlight Productions

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sex Monster See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Mono

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Color
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The first time Marty pours himself a cup of coffee and spills it, the spilled coffee disappears and his cup moves about between shots. See more »

Quotes

[to Evie, who is lying bound and gagged on a bed after a consensual bondage scene with Laura]
Marty Barnes: Hi. Listen, before I untie you, while I have your attention, I just wanted to take a minute and say, you know, this is going to be really rough on you and Dave. It will probably end up in divorce for the two of you; it's really sad. Okay, what I'm thinking is you're going to have half of Dave's money, right? And I got a really good investment for you... a really good project I'm working on. It's ...
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A wacky and entertaining sex farce
22 April 2000 | by FlickJunkie-2See all my reviews

This low budget sex farce surprised me and turned out to be a madcap and funny comedy. Laura (Mariel Hemingway) and Marty (Mike Binder) are a regular couple with an ordinary sex life. But Marty is obsessed with a fantasy where he and Laura have a threesome with another woman. He goads her semi-seriously and when she finally shows some interest, he convinces her to invite over a girl from work who has been coming on to her.

But Marty soon learns that you have to be careful what you wish for. After an initial reluctance, Laura gets into it and finds she likes it. We're talking SERIOUS liking here. Marty is initially ecstatic that his fantasy has been fulfilled, but now that he has opened Pandora's Box (so to speak), he is not prepared for the Sex Monster that emerges. Laura becomes a sex crazed Lesbian nymphomaniac and proceeds to seduce all their female friends. This leads to numerous awkward situations, some zany, some silly and some just downright hilarious.

This film is just rollicking good fun. The sex is mostly implied, so if you were hoping to see Mariel Hemingway or anyone else naked, you are pretty much out of luck. There is a lot of moaning and bed shaking but nothing really provocative other than a couple of girl kissing scenes. But explicit sex isn't what this movie is about. It's about the comedy, and the comedy works, so it is just as well.

This is really the Mike Binder show. He wrote, directed and starred in the film. He didn't really excel in any of these roles, but somehow the whole exceeded the sum of the parts. He gave a generally droll performance which was occasionally terrible but more often comical. He was at his best when he was being tormented by Laura's obsession as he tried desperately to get the sex genie back in the bottle.

Mariel Hemingway was terrific in this film and made it truly funny. This is her second role with a bisexual theme having appeared in the heavy handed 'Personal Best' where she was an athlete who alternated between sleeping with her male coach and a female teammate. Her performance in this part was far better and she turns out to be a much better comedian than dramatic actress. She has a great ability to make humorous use of her 6 foot frame and made the most of the many sight gags in the script.

I rated this movie a 7/10. It doesn't redefine the genre, but it is a wacky sex farce that has more than its share of funny moments. If you are offended by profanity, sexual situations and lesbianism, you definitely want to skip it. But if you like a light hearted and offbeat roll in the hay flick, you'll probably enjoy it.


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