Sex, Lies & Obsession (2001 TV Movie)
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Although Cameron is a successful surgeon with all the accoutrements, something is missing. He fills the void in his life with an addiction. The story has been done many times before, but the specific subject of sex addiction has not. Lisa Rinna is excellent as the conflicted wife, angry and hurt by his addiction. Harry Hamlin is believable, doesn't overact, and still looks as good as he did in the 80's on "L.A. Law".
I hope that Ms.Rinna and Mr.Hamlin do more films of this genre, many films about addiction and family discord can work if they are done by talented, responsible actors not just concerned about their wardrobe or publicity stills.
The indication that this film is realistic and based on a true story is the fact that Hamlin's wife keeps taking him back despite his many transgressions.
The movie doesn't pull any punches - it explores treatment options, 12 step programs, problems that Hamlin's own father had, and the difficulty that husband, wife, and family have coming to terms with their difficulties. It also shows the gritty situations that the man gets into, making one realize that only a compulsive personality would put himself through such horror. Hamlin and Rinna do a very good job.
It's a wonder she's on the screen at all. The answer, of course, is that her husband Harry Hamlin acts as the male lead plus also produced the movie.
Nepotism is alive and well in Tinsel Town.
There is no depth of acting or emotional ability, no sense of trauma or affliction rather sex addiction is viewed as being a "problem" that can be cured, with the emphasis on being a "survivor".
Movies that can present the extremes as mundane are dull indeed and this is one of them.
Cameron sure does seem to be having a good time in the early scenes of the movie, and his blonde wife is hot. Wait ... that's NOT his wife! And she is not the only woman he goes to. In fact, he goes to the bad section of town as often as possible. This man has a serious problem, and Joanna eventually figures it out. He's bored with her, and nothing she could do would help. Therapy might help. Would you believe they have 12-step programs for this sort of thing?
Eventually, the movie does inspire. It takes falling down--a lot--to get addicts of whatever type to really work on their problems. As one might expect, that happens here.
Lisa Rinna does an okay job as Joanna, but nothing really makes this movie any better than the typical Lifetime offering. Or at least what network TV used to do when movies like this were made for broadcast, not cable. Harry Hamlin has a few good scenes, but he's kind of boring. There's a variety among actresses playing Cameron's women. The first one was easy to like (though not in the sense we should be liking her, I suppose) and I could have enjoyed a movie with her as the female lead.
Just another disease of the week, but not that bad.
This is toward the first of the movie, but after Joanna begins to suspect her husband. When Joanna was at school talking to the teacher who is her close friend, the friend in whom she often confides throughout the movie, at one emotional point the teacher friend is trying to make Joanna feel better. But, instead of calling her "Joanna", the friend accidentally calls Joanna by her real life name, "Lisa!" I love finding goofs!
The film is a terrific one as it explores the effects of such behavior. In addition, once his behavior is discovered by his wife, we find out the root causes of what is causing his actions.
The scenes of group meetings attended by men under similar situations is treated in the way we see such meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous.
This is definitely a film of emotional understanding and redemption.
the most important virtue is fidelity. this gets beaten into a pulp.
what about some sophistication? think of french films where adultery is the norm. and Mormons with their multiple wives. when will America grow up?
and of course as in all American films, in the end the loser-guy reforms, comes around, and conforms to the female ethos. it's a wonder the poor slob, and a doctor to boot!, isn't impotent after going through all the shame, the shame, the shame.
a good antidote to this weepy feely goody film might be Casanova, but i haven't seen it yet!