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Virtual Sexuality (1999)

A frustrated teenage girl creates her perfect man in a virtual reality machine and in a freak accident gives him life with hilarious results!


Nick Hurran


Chloe Rayban (novel), Nick Fisher

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Fraser ... Justine Alice Parker
Rupert Penry-Jones ... Jake
Luke de Lacey ... Chas Lovett
Kieran O'Brien ... Alex Thorne
Steve John Shepherd ... Jason, Narcissus Guy
Marcelle Duprey Marcelle Duprey ... Fran
Natasha Bell Natasha Bell ... Isabel Yasmin 'Hoover' Clarke
Laura MacAulay Laura MacAulay ... Monica, Narcissus Girl
Roger Frost Roger Frost ... Frank Lovett
Ruth Sheen ... Jackie Lovett
Laura Aikman ... Lucy Parker
Ram John Holder Ram John Holder ... Declan
Amanda Holden ... Shoe Shop Assistant
Alan Westaway Alan Westaway ... Geoff
William Osborne William Osborne ... Sex Shop Assistant


Desperate to find her perfect man Justine goes to a technology fair with her nerdy classmate Chas. It's not really her thing but is eventually persuaded to try a virtual reality makeover machine and discovers that she can create her perfect man even if it is only an electronic facsimile. The power surge from a freakish accident causes a part of her psyche to be copied into her virtual perfect man and he becomes real! Chas befriends the somewhat disoriented newly created man, who calls himself Jake, and he explains that it is really Justine inside. Justine is immediately attracted to Jake but he seems more interested in the voluptuous, man-eater known as "the Hoover" who seems to posses an innate ability to attract men without even trying! In sheer frustration Justine decides to date the sleazy Alex in an attempt to become a woman. As the day of the big date looms what will Chas and Jake do to thwart Justine and eventually what will become of Jake? Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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If you can't find the perfect guy, make one!

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for nudity, sexuality and related language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 July 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sexualidad virtual See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£244,084 (United Kingdom), 4 July 1999, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,865, 5 December 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$43,865, 5 December 1999
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film features the first nude scene for Kieran O'Brien, who subsequently starred in the UK's most sexually explicit film to receive a mainstream certification, 9 Songs (2004). See more »


[Talking about the differences between teen boys and girls]
Justine: Girls can laugh till they wet their pants together, why can't boys do that too?
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Alternate Versions

The imposing "magic marker" lines over the guys' genitals in the locker room were ostensibly placed there to avoid an "NC-17" rating. See more »


Featured in Needs More Gay: Virtual Sexuality Needs More Gay (2015) See more »


Written by Constable, Ratcliffe, Buxton
Performed by Basement Jaxx
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It's got energy but not a whole lot else – feels like a Channel 4 `youf' comedy a la `As If'
27 October 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Justine is a 17 year old virgin and she wants to do something about it but can't find the best man to do it. She visits a science fair with her geeky friend Chas and has a go in a virtual reality machine that allows you to carry out changes to your own body. She makes herself into the perfect man when suddenly a freak explosion cause a power jolt and creates her electronic version – Jake. Jake befriends Chas while trying to work out a way back to his/her old body but Justine remembers nothing but is set up with Jake by her (their!) friend Fran.

Who says the Americans can only do average teen comedies – here the UK has a stab too. The film has a certain energy and enthusiasm that is hard to dislike at first but wears thin before even the halfway point is reached. Part of the reason is the fact that the plot is complete nonsense. I coped with the fact that Justine had become Jake – but it was all confused when Justine herself still exists in her old body. It just seemed so strained that I lost interest a bit. But the comedy should have held me.

The laughs are basic and mainly come from youf things – it's not very clever. The energy of the film comes through in the actors but also little touches like onscreen text and what not, it feels like it's full of youth and drive, even if the end result feels a little tired. Fraser is cool as Justine and carries the lead well. The first quarter is all her and it is the best part. Her change to Jake sees the focus on Penry-Jones who isn't very good, he tries but he is all wrong, when Fraser returns it isn't the same. de Lacey is OK and I must admit that I now have a small thing for Duprey who I found to be really good-looking!

I read a review that said hating this was like trying to kick a puppy – it's so full of cute enthusiasm and for the most part that's true. The energy carries it and makes it worth a watch if only once. However the laughs are fair to middling and the whole damn plot is just daft and confusing when you try and think about it for longer than a second.

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