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Speaking of Sex (2001)

James Spader , Melora Walters , John McNaughton  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: James Spader, Melora Walters, Jay Mohr, Nathaniel Arcand, Megan Mullally
  • Directors: John McNaughton
  • Writers: Gary Tieche
  • Producers: John McNaughton, Alain Sarde, David Fanning, Michael Polaire, Pierre Edelman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LC3I9W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,667 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Speaking of Sex" on IMDb

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When the marital problems of a couple (Walters, Mohr) are attempted to be solved by a marriage counselor (Boyle), a depression expert (Spader), and their attorneys (Murray, O'Hara), what eventually happens instead is a series of random pairings off...

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious sex comedy that will keep you laughing!!! August 18, 2004
SPEAKING OF SEX is a highly entertaining film that will keep you laughing the entire time you're watching it! Melinda and Dan are a married couple who are struggling to solve their emotional and sexual issues. They end up seeking help from Dr. Emily Paige, a marriage counselor who happens to be thrice divorced. She decides that Melinda should see her colleague, depression expert Dr. Roger Klink (James Spader). When Melinda and Klink have a carnal encounter in an elevator, the stage is set for malpractice lawsuits and personal vendettas!

This film is wacky in every sense of the word...and the main theme (as you can probably guess) is sex. Despite its absurdness, however, it is a cute story about several messed up people who manage to find what they need and want in a relationship.

James Spader gives a brilliant performance as Dr. Klink (who is not TECHNICALLY Melinda's therapist, mind you)! His comedic gestures and awkwardness are really entertaining to watch and this film is a must for Spader fans! It isn't his best or most intriguing performance, but it is enjoyable nonetheless!

The remainder of the cast is also good, even though some of the scenes seem more like Saturday Night Live skits than actual film acting. Bill Murray delivers a solid performance as Klink's attorney and Laura Flynn-Boyle is amusing as Dr. Paige.

I would highly recommend this wacky comedy to anyone who can appreciate a low-budget story about sex, repressed desires and the need to find the right partner. It isn't Academy Award material, but I love it just the same!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly Entertaining December 8, 2010
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In wine, I'm always on the look-out for the $10 bottle of $20 wine. In movies, I'm always on the look-out for good acting and good writing... in short, an entertaining movie that exceeds expectations, and... the wider the margin, the better.

I ordered this little gem after watching "Secretary" and going on the prowl for something else entertaining with James Spader. This got the best reviews and the price was much better than "Storyville," so I bought it.

Having been married too many times and been in the presence of too many marriage counselors and attorneys, I was delighted with the writing and the modest sex scenes (there to serve the plot rather than to tintillate). All the characters where caricatures to make the point that, during "mating season" (roughly 14 to 55), we are all more or less at the mercy of the gods, and no amount of education can suppress the ensuing chaos.

The "attorney caricatures" were the perfect embodiment of professional vultures only too happy to amplify and exploit something that would have otherwise worked itself out. So... being unable to surpress the chaos, we have found ways to make six-figure incomes off of the sexual chaos in the lives of others.

As the Pagans recognized (along with the book of Genesis, the Laws of Manu, etc.), women are the portal of sexual chaos into the affairs of men. (No need to get huffy and shoot the messanger over this... it's just the way it is.) Men are the hapless "George Burns" of the world to the "Gracy Allens" and "Lucille Balls" everywhere among us. At the end of the day, Mother Nature will do "whatever it takes" to get the next generation, and there is little that we can do to alter that fact.
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Well you can't go wrong with James Spader, Bill Murray, Katherine Murray (SCTV,Home Alone MOM, Laura Flynn-Boyle, Melora Walters, and Jay Mohr) and some lesser known cast members all of whom deliver a thoughtful comedic depiction of our American way of life, love and sexual relationships. The movie has very funny dialogue and euphemistic wording that reflects the basic responses of all humans of our cultural indoctrination centering around relationships, the legal and the medical professions and ordinary folks all of whom share a communal need to feel secure and loved no matter what social strata they emanate from. We see the plot from several angles and video replays and in a "Roshemon like retake" we see the situation from many viewpoints and several screening film types like a William James in the great grandstands watching in fascination at the great game of life.

By no means sick or voyeuristic, this film delivers hilarious and well acted comedy in the same vein as "A a Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Not a musical comedy, the background score includes music from Gato Barbieri (Last Tango in Paris), Puccini and others. In review, the movie has connections to a number of other film classics that deal with our curious sexual proclivities and the connections that we make with our fellow humans. Those that panned this movie on moral and defamatory grounds are just being too one sided in their world view and probably should lighten up!!!

While I wouldn't recommend the film out right for those twelve and under, there is a lot less to censor than what is put out on prime time television each evening,yet:) the film is very very entertaining and no one dies or gets shot.
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Published 2 months ago by don1126
1.0 out of 5 stars Just NO
I made the mistake of accidentally order this travesty twice!! Horrible movie...leaves you wondering how some many favorite actors could come together and make something this... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Arenace
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful. Never speak of this movie.
Horribly acted - as if the actors were in a farce, but instead they all severly over-act, and at a glacial pace. Dumb and obvious. Boring. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Demands Quality
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Movie
Enjoyed watching it with lady friend. She is a big James Spader fan so I made a lot of points by getting the movie.
Published 8 months ago by James Fritz
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest movies we've seen
Well acted.Outstanding cast. Bill Murray at his best. Very minor nudity. Very little swearing. The dialogue uses correct terms and is very sexy. The end is a little weak.
Published 9 months ago by Land steward
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply Terrible
This was supposed to be a spoof and came off terribly. I didn't make it through the first 15 minutes. I would avoid it.
Published 12 months ago by Wiggie Dog
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Movie
It is the ultimate "B" movie on justifiable sex without any qualms of its ironic comedic qualities; it has demonstrated the low to any theatrical evidence.
Published 12 months ago by David W. Ezzell
5.0 out of 5 stars A+++
This movie is very well acted and directed. It is a total hoot to watch. This is going to become a feel good movie when I need a good laugh. Very well done!
Published 17 months ago by Mel
3.0 out of 5 stars Speaking of Spader...
This is the first time Ive seen Spader in a comedy. He was excellent in it because he portrayed the character brilliantly. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very funny!
When marriage-counselors have marital problems too, what can possibly
go wrong? When confidential video depositions become public, how can that
be not funny? Read more
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