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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)

Woody Allen , Gene Wilder , Woody Allen  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Woody Allen, Gene Wilder, Louise Lasser, John Carradine, Lou Jacobi
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Writers: Woody Allen, David Reuben
  • Producers: Charles H. Joffe, Elliott Gould, Jack Brodsky, Jack Grossberg, Jack Rollins
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: July 5, 2000
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792846079
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,070 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask" on IMDb

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Woody Allen pushes the frontiers of comedy by consolidating his madcap sensibility and wickedly funny irreverence with his developing penchant for visually arresting humor. Giving complete indulgenceto the zany eccentricity of his medium, Allen reveals himself as a filmmaker of "wit, sophistication, and comic insight" (Cue). Allen rises to the occasion with several hysterical vignettes that probe sexuality's stickiest issues! Aphrodisiacs prove effective for a court jester (Allen) who finds the key to the Queen's (Lynn Redgrave) heartbut learns that the key to her chastitybelt might be more useful. Unnatural acts get wild and wooly when a good doctor (Gene Wilder) fallsfor a fickle sheep. Jack Barry gives fetishism 20 questions on a wacky TV show called "What's My Perversion?" Sex-research goes under the microscope when a mad scientist (John Carradine) unleashes a monstrous, marauding breast. And the absurdity comes to a frenzied climax with Tony Randall, Burt Reynolds and Allen as sperm having second thoughts about ejaculation!

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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`Everything you always wanted to know about sex* (*But were afraid to ask)', written and directed by Woody Allen is Allen's third `triple credit' movie after `Take the Money and Run' and `Bananas', and his first with a large, `Big Name' cast. But unlike later movies such as `Interiors', `Hannah and her Sisters', and `Crimes and `Misdemeanors', this cast is probably less likely to have been assembled for the honor of working with Allen than for the very typical Hollywood casting strategy of filling a large number of roles which appear on the screen for a short time with recognizable faces, so you instantly know that Lou Jacobi, for example, is playing a very bourgeois, very middle class Jewish burgher who, we quickly discover, has a yen to dress up as a woman. We make the similar connection with Tito Vandis as a middle eastern shepherd, John Carradine as a mad Dr. Frankenstein-like scientist, Gene Wilder as a quirky and up-tight doctor and Tony Randall as a prim and very button down control room supervisor.

Allen's stock character is so well known by this time that among the four characters he plays, at least one is totally against type, where he has a part in a `La Dolce Vita' parody, in Italian with subtitles and all, as a character very similar to that of Marcello Mastroianni, in situations stolen directly from Fellini's junk drawer.

Here, Allen comes closer to Mel Brooks' style than in any other of his movies, going so far as to share Gene Wilder (a frequent Mel Brooks star) and a Mel Brooks parody subject (Frankenstein). Like Brooks, there are many patently improbable or impossible situations cooked up merely for the laughs.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars just a silly funny move May 11, 2003
Don't listen to Adi's review, calling the film "juvenile"
Adi should watch some of today's teen exploits to find a true juvenile movie.
This film was far beyond its time, and is a SPOOF, like many comedies. If you don't believe most of the reviews, just rent it first........have a few drinks, and you'll laugh hard......
this is the one movie that made me "discover" the talent of Woody Allen, and I'm glad I did.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent... but brilliant at times August 13, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I found this to be a very hit-or-miss affair. The scenes which Woody doesn't appear in ("Are transvestites homosexual?", "What's my perversion?", and "What is sodomy?") miss his comic touch. Granted, Gene Wilder is deliriously funny as a man in love with a sheep (shouldn't the segment have been called "What is bestiality?"), but the other scenes never rise above bad Saturday Night Live-style parody. The cross-dressing scene goes for cheap and easy laughs, while the tired cliché of a game show turned upside down has only one funny moment (the rabbi's wife grimly feasting on a plate of pork).
When Woody does appear in a scene, the film comes alive. The 'Woody' character works perfectly in an anthology about the confusing nature of sex, because that for me is the essence of his character. His sexual confusion and manic personality kicks every situation into a higher gear. The Fool he plays in the first scene - a hapless borscht-belt style comic transported to a medieval court - delivers great line after great line in ridiculous old English ("TB or not TB, that is congestion"). His Fellini-esque Fabrizio (in "Why do some women have trouble achieving orgasm?"), confused about the frigidity of his newlywed wife, plays it cool in his Mastroianni sunglasses and world-weary Italian. But you know this guy is a hapless shnook anyway, when his wife can only get turned on for sex when it's in a public place. His Victor Shakapopoulous (sp?) saves the world from - yes it's true - a giant "tit" (size 4000X for those of you scoring at home).
But the most wonderful scene is the last one, "What happens during ejaculation?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Which way are you going, Woody? October 13, 2005
This irreverent and almost surrealistic film finds Woody in plenitude of humor and ingenious; he truly played hard with this free comedy which worked out as a magnificent exorcism exercise about the hidden dragons around this subject; every one of the vignettes is built around the sex and its implications but narrated in such caustic and bitter approach that it will be hard for you to avoid laugh and smile; because this is far to be a common place; it 's a true hitherto in what intelligence, refinement and good spirits you can imagine.

Watch for Gene Wilder and his weird passion: it 's an unforgettable classic that has not aged just a bit. On the contrary, It tends to improve through the years.

One of the five gems of Woody!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "My gynecologist told me to avoid excitement!" January 20, 2006
Every bit of Woody Allen's film is funny, but Lou Jacobi's performance in "What Is A Transvestite?" has to be one of the most hilarious performances in cinema history! For that alone, you must buy this DVD for your collection.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Sheepish? January 21, 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
Totally insane film, loved the vignettes about everything once held taboo about sex... and the best scene is Wilder and his sheep! The look on Elaine Giftos' face when she catches Gene in bed with his black lingerie-d lamb, and he says, "It's not what you think it is..." is totally priceless. Okay, some people don't think bestiality is funny, but if you're from the Midwest, or hell, just rural America, where men are men, and sheep are sheep, well... it rocks your funny bone.
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1.0 out of 5 stars WRONG REGION CODE
the disc came in the wrong region code, so I cannot play it at all.
Published 4 days ago by Eva Kielczewski
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny movie
Funny Funny Funny movie. I saw it on the big screen. Woody Allen is great
Published 25 days ago by Daniel T. Welch
5.0 out of 5 stars All-time favorite!
A hilarious classis. I've loved it for decades. Great price.
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Published 1 month ago by John F. Weiss
3.0 out of 5 stars Some great bits, some fall flat
A really fun Woody Allen film. More slapstick than oh might have expected. This movie is a collection of skits and seems a bit influenced by early Monty Python. Read more
Published 1 month ago by IthacaMatt
4.0 out of 5 stars An oldie but a Goodie
Watched this classic movie on a Saturday night with a friend. It's of of the great movies made when Woody Allen was really funny..
Published 1 month ago by frogwild
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask
Another one of wood allens funny movies when he was funny I remember seeing this in the theater we always went to see his movies until he started getting serious.
Published 3 months ago by Ron C. Denka
1.0 out of 5 stars Will not play on American Equipment
The company must plan it this way because it is more expense and frustration to send it back than what I paid. Read more
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