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Better than Sex (2001)

David Wenham , Susie Porter , Jonathan Teplitzky  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Wenham, Susie Porter, Catherine McClements, Kris McQuade, Simon Bossell
  • Directors: Jonathan Teplitzky
  • Writers: Jonathan Teplitzky
  • Producers: Bruna Papandrea, Frank Cox, Marc Bonduel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009QUH7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,272 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Better than Sex" on IMDb

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A one-night stand turns into three days of bonding and exploring what men and women want from life - and from each other - in this sexy and provocative romantic comedy. When Josh (David Wenham, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers) and Cin (Susie Porter, Paradise Road) meet at a party, they are not initially attracted to each other. But when they share a taxi home, they decide to take advantage of an opportunity to have easy sex. Much to their surprise, their night of casual sex turns into something more than either of them expected, and as night turns to day and into night again, Josh and Cynthia realize they might have made a bigger mess of their lives than they could ever have imagined . . . their night of lust just might be the start of a beautiful relationship, and no matter how hard they both try to fight it and flee, fate keeps stepping in to bring them back together. When it comes time for Josh to leave, there is only one question left to answer: will they walk away or will th

Sometimes the right actors can make all the difference. Without David Wenham (Boys, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers) and Susie Porter (The Monkey's Mask), Better Than Sex would still be a sexy romp, but it would also feel very familiar. Let's face it: there is no shortage of movies about one-night stands--just because this one lasts three days does not make it original. Fortunately, Wenham (Josh) and Porter (Cin) have chemistry and charm to burn. How they meet is irrelevant; it's what they do--and say--in Cin's loft that counts. There is (tasteful) sex to be sure, but also frank talk; sometimes to each other, sometimes to the camera. Their friends even chime in on occasion, in response to phone calls and gossip about their relationship. In the end, you don't learn anything new about sex, but you do get to know two likable people, for whom you can't help wishing the best. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars reminding us that something really is better than sex September 21, 2004
After thoroughly enjoying this film, its stars, and its plot devices (including the omniscient taxi driver) I was a little surprised to find that many professional reviewers were rather unenthusiastic about it. This is curious given that most viewer reviews were very positive. I suspect is because the viewers are somwhat younger than the pros and have a more recent or less jaded view of love. This film, first acknowledges that one night stand sexual pleasure can be fun and enjoyable, and that lusty screwing with someone you like and find attractive is terrific. But its celebration is greatest for the glorious intimacy of making love when mutually in love, hence the title. If you haven't been there, you won't get this film. If you have, then this is pure joy. The 'dance' the characters have to go through to acknowledge that sex has lead to love and that love has lead to the most incredibly fulfilling sex is funny and entertaining.

The film is also beautifully shot with many creative and artistic images of both the stars and the surrounding city. When Josh sees Cyn playing the piano, the camera takes his eye's loving appreciation of her beauty.

This is a must for lovers and lovers of love.

Non-believers will just be confused and annoyed.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charmer from Down Under October 30, 2004
By K. Hill
The only bad thing I can say about this film is the fact that it took nearly four years for it to reach the US. The tag line pretty much sums it up -- what was intended as a one night stand turns into more than the participants expect. Sexy -- definitely (I may never look at wildlife documentaries quite the same way again); funny -- in many places hilarious, especially when examining the Mars/Venus aspect of burgeoning relationships (toilet seats, dressing time); and surprisingly sweet. The stars are charming, attractive and very real, both emotionally and physically (after years of plastic Hollywood types, you have NO idea how pleasant it is to see a good looking guy who is NOT Mr. Universe, and a good looking woman without augmentation), and are ably supported by the rest of the cast, particularly the actress (whose name I now can't remember, my apologies!) who plays the cabbie and doubles as a relationship counselor.

There's a saying that life is what happens when you're busy making plans -- perhaps love is what can happen when you're busy having sex, if you let it. Well worth your time, and share it with a friend.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Unexpectedly overwhelming!" May 29, 2004
I watched this movie for the first time last night. The idea seemed cool, and although I thought it would be another run-of-the-mill low-budget romance flick, it turned out to be one of the best "relationship" movies I've ever seen. It is honest and true (from a male AND a female perspective), with a dash of individual humor. AWESOME!!
Plus, what an excellent acting job by David Wenham, the guy who plays Faramir (LOTR)!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like 'When Harry Met Sally' - only about sex... July 25, 2004
Since the dawn of mankind, men and women wondered what their partners were thinking. Movies like 'When Harry Met Sally' and 'Better Than Sex' try to answer that ageless question.

The movie itself is nice, and both stars seem to have an easygoing chemistry going on. This really gives a nice boost to a movie which is pretty predictable, story & information wise.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Many Have You Had? February 20, 2006
By Mel Z
This movie captures two people at a time in their life where they thought they might never be.

Meeting at another party, the same faces, the same old, same old..They would expect their liason to end in a similar fashion. The same old thing, a one night stand.

This meeting was different, a promise of nothing more than one night... Suddenly..a spark? A meeting of the minds? A comfort? The way these characters eventually relate, is through a mutual respect for each other, and a lust for each other. A wanting so inherent that words are not needed to express it.

They let their bodies do the talking.

What you get here, is a movie that hits the spot and talks to a generation of males and females in their late 20's early 30's.

The subtle hints of love and affection are there, and the acting flawless.

A beautiful love story set in a realistic situation.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie! May 17, 2004
I didn't come across this movie until it had been out a few years, but I absolutely loved it. It is set almost entirely in the loft of Cin, the female lead. Cin meets the male lead, Josh, at a party and shares a cab with him. They then have a one night stand that lasts for three days. These two characters are so likable and cute together that the movie doesn't need much of anything else. The movie occasionally cuts to comments about Cin and Josh, made by their friends, that help us to understand a little about their love histories. There is one scene with one of Cin's friends that shows she has some insecurity. Being a virtual stranger, Josh doesn't understand Cin's behavior and leaves (temporarily). The chemistry of the actors makes the [love] scenes really hot and the dialog is great, too. I recommend this movie for any adult.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great chemistry April 4, 2004
By A Customer
Without David Wenham and Susie Porter, this would be an okay film. With them, however, this movie sizzles. Together, they are not only super-hot but super-adorable too (not an easy mix to pull off!)The only reason I gave this film four stars instead of five is due to the presence of the all-knowing/annoying cab driver. Her presence is totally superfluous and detracts from the charm of the film as a whole.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sex And Love
Better Than Sex is a romantic comedy about two people who barely know each other and spend three nights together in bed. Read more
Published 25 days ago by DESERTMAN40
5.0 out of 5 stars "Great movie "
Love this movie and how love is found by accident. Well done , great casting !! and love how the relationship develops around the simple set of just her loft apartment.
Published 13 months ago by s1952
2.0 out of 5 stars not what i expected
just wasent what i expected. dident show any sex, mainly a lot of talk. the sex you did see u couldent see them of what they were doing. oh by all means not your fault.
Published 13 months ago by marc
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
Better than your average adult film. Not likely events but plausible. There is sex but pg rated for the most part.
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Sex is a good date movie
Better Than Sex turned out to be a nice movie. The characters were interesting and fun. This movie aims on two people who meet and have sex. Read more
Published 18 months ago by mg3
3.0 out of 5 stars Well it's okay
I am hard of hearing and thought this movie was close-captioned but it was not. Therefore I really did not know what was truly being said. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Doug
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy, stylish and smart....a must see for anyone in love or wanting to...
A great little film beautifully acted with wonderful hip music and quality characters...I absolutely loved it! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Robert Brooke
5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing Movie
Cute....& glad to see the actor in a different role other than in Australia.
I lent it to my daughter who enjoyed it too.
Published 19 months ago by Susan Jordan
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow watching
It is a slow watching movie. Very interesting and artistic. I will probably not watch it again. Not recommended for the simple minded.
Published 20 months ago by Joe Dobyns
5.0 out of 5 stars Valentine's Day Gift
Bought this for Valentine's Day. I'll let you know how it turns out after I watch it. I tried to get something woman friendly, yet steamy. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mickey
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