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Unscrewed (2003)

Dogs in the Basement (original title)
An improv troupe's biting satire about an all-American couple's quest to cure the sexual doldrums.


Leslie Shearing


Leslie Shearing
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Cast overview:
Heather Smith Heather Smith ... Mary St. John
Hans Hoffman Hans Hoffman ... Joseph St. John
Donna Klimek Donna Klimek ... Gehan Brown-Cohen
Elizabeth Quinn Elizabeth Quinn ... Tanya Nashold
Michael T. Rose Michael T. Rose ... Todd Cohen
Douglas Manes Douglas Manes ... Dr. Emil Watson
Leslie Shearing Leslie Shearing ... Dr. Nadia Pfelt
Jill Borher Jill Borher ... Dr. Pfelt's Receptionist
Lulu Lulu ... Herself
Amy Rush Amy Rush ... Salon Receptionist
Libby Skala Libby Skala ... Mary's Friend
Michael Scott Hill Michael Scott Hill ... The Frotteur
Jeff Matheny Jeff Matheny ... Joe's Friend
Tiffany Lawrence Tiffany Lawrence ... Woman in Park


Dogs in the Basement, a dark faux-documentary, follows one happily married couple's quest to cure the sexual doldrums. Through the help of a sex therapist, a urologist, and a trio of tantric counselors, Mary & Joe learn more about their relationship than they bargained for - and they are led to a result they did not foresee. Written by Leslie Shearing

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Sex. No one said it was going to be easy.


Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

31 January 2004 (USA) See more »

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Unscrewed See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Other Side Filmworks See more »
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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the bedroom ...
8 February 2005 | by SONNYK_USASee all my reviews

Although this is a mockumentary with lots of laughs it also has plenty of 'real' information detailing the lengths couples will go to in order to rekindle the flames of passion. In fact, much of the film will fool viewers into thinking it's REALITY TV even while tickling your ribcage with the situations presented.

'Joe St. John' (Hans Hoffman) may be too controlling in the bedroom? Basic plot line involves a documentary style set-up with Joseph & Mary St. John giving first-person appraisals of their current sex lives and the need for improvement. You know things are bad when you've been married seven years and can't remember the last time you had sex with your spouse, so the brave couple decides to explore all areas of healing for better or worse (mostly worse).

Funniest episodes occur with a psychiatrist who has a hide-a-bed in his office and likes to heal by 'replacement' therapy where he subs for one of the partners in the relationship (to hilarious effect). Reactions, ranging from confusion to extreme discomfort, by first-time film actors Hans Hoffman ('Joe') and Heather Smith ('Mary') are dead-on perfect throughout the film, and their likability as a couple allows the audience to root for them while sharing their frustrations.

A too-much-information 'tantric sex' class recalls how ridiculous the 'lambada' movies of old were while also showing that being 'coached' during sex, even with the correct instruction, is more fear-inducing than erotic. Actress Donna Klimek ('Gehan') steals the show as a 'hands on' bi-sexual practitioner who barely conceals her lesbian attraction to Mary.

All of the actors involved in the film are part of an improv group and their ability to play off each others reactions adds much to the hilarity. Hand-held camera work is also expertly done and catches everything the actors offer up as if it had been rehearsed to perfection.

If you need a winter giggle, check this one out when it comes your way

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