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The Opposite of Sex (1998)

Christina Ricci , Martin Donovan , Don Roos  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan, Lisa Kudrow, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Galecki
  • Directors: Don Roos
  • Writers: Don Roos
  • Producers: David Paul Kirkpatrick, Jim Lotfi, Michael Besman, Reba Merrill, Steve Danton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 1998
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767821009
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,013 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Opposite of Sex" on IMDb

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  • Deleted scenes (Letterbox 1.85, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround) Deleted scnes with audio commentary (Letterbox 1.85, Dolby Digital 2.0)

Editorial Reviews

Christina Ricci had a great year in 1998. The young actress continued to cast off her youthful image from the Addams Family movies and made a big splash on the independent movie scene, especially in this scathingly witty comedy in which Ricci has the central role. Here she plays Dedee, a buxom, sexually precocious teenager who's pregnant, cynical, and looking for a volunteer father for her unborn child. This takes her to the home of her gay half-brother (Martin Donovan) whose current lover (Ivan Sergei) becomes Dedee's latest target for seduction. That's just the start of the mischief that Dedee so masterfully orchestrates, and Lisa Kudrow (from TV's Friends) is also on hand to deliver some of the movie's most quotable dialogue while fending off the affection of a local policeman played by Lyle Lovett. If all this sounds rather sordid, rest assured that the movie's got a warm heart (well, sort of) beating beneath all of its sharp-edged sarcasm. Writer-director Don Roos (Single White Female) injects most of the movie's appeal and humor through Dedee's voice-over narration, which constantly reminds us that even the most familiar movie clichés can be cleverly overturned. As a result, The Opposite of Sex is the opposite of boring. --Jeff Shannon

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She's a smart-assed, foul-mouthed tramp who can wrap just about anyone around her finger. She steals dead people's ashes and sleeps with gay hunks and religious fanatics with equal indifference. She's Dedee Truitt (Christina Ricci) and she's not your typical sweet 16-year-old. Escaping her rotten Louisiana life, she flees to the suburban Indiana home of her half-brother Bill (Martin Donovan), where she proceeds to seduce his hunky live-in boyfriend Matt (Ivan Sergei), steal $10,000 and lead a cast of devious characters on a frenetic cross-country chase to Los Angeles. Bill is joined in the hot pursuit by an embittered spinster (Lisa Kudrow), a lovelorn local sheriff (Lyle Lovett), and Matt's jilted ex-lover (Johnny Galecki) as they race to discover the paternity of Dedee's baby and maybe, just maybe, discover a lasting, loving and committed relationship - what Dedee calls "the opposite of sex." The Opposite of Sex is a scandalous, sexy romp, peppered with hilarious one-liners and insp

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For fans of edgy, offbeat, black comedies September 4, 2005
For fans of independent, offbeat, dark comedies, The Opposite of Sex is a surefire winner. Christini Ricci will make your jaw drop with her self-centered, selfish, reckless, and over-the-top behavior as Dedee Truitt. Her bitingly sarcastic narration adds much to the film and made me laugh out loud. As outstanding as Ricci is, Lisa Kudrow also manages to shine as Dedee's goody-two-shoes arch-emeny (yes, these two are out for blood in the movie).

Is this movie for everyone? Certainly not. If you do like being hit over the head with shockingly dark humor, then give this movie a try. There actually is some heart underneath all the back-stabbing, betrayals, crime, and seediness in here, too.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wicked good movie January 5, 2000
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Having spent the past few minutes reading through other people's reviews of this movie, I just want to hunt down the authors of the negative, even the tepid, reviews and shake some sense into them. This is one of the sharpest, most brilliant movies I've seen in a long, long time. This is the movie I am making my friends watch one by one; the one that hasn't worn thin over 7 or 8 viewings. No, it's not for everyone: If you're really wedded to Johnny Galecki's total-nice-guy character on Roseanne, or Christina Ricci as an innocent young teenager, you might not enjoy this. And I'd have to lump you with the nicer people Dedee refers to early in the movie: "We call them losers." The actors have had the sense and good taste to move on rather than recycling themselves; why don't you?
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meaning saturated in every line. November 30, 1999
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One of the best independent films I've seen this year, THE OPPOSITE OF SEX focuses on the narrator of the film, Dedee Truitt, played by Christina Ricci. Perhaps her best performance so far, her dialogue is witty and knowing, her timing impeccable. She portrays Truitt as sort of an actress with no thoughts about getting into pictures or theater but just to get by. She flees to her sometimes understanding gay half-brother, Bill, falls in love with his boyfriend, and takes off with him to a distant place. Meanwhile, and there is a lot of "meanwhile"s in the script, that you seem to get overwhelmed, Bill's deceased love's sister, Lucia Delury, played with great strength by Lisa Kudrow, buys plane tickets to go after the newly formed couple. The film is packed full of truly interesting characters, imaginative one-liners, and a hearty script, one that could only been dreamed up by someone who has gone through this all and survived. That someone should be congratulated. Writer-director Don Roos has made a masterpiece, in my mind anyway. Just because it is an independent film and you have never heard of it, don't pass it by.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie- totally sharp dialogue February 16, 2000
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What a pleasant, funny movie. This film ran the gamut from vulgar to poignant, and from mindlessly hysterical to thought-provoking. I thought Lisa Kudrow and Lyle Lovett were both excellent. Christina Ricci was really sharp and delightfully trashy, and the film is chock-full of great one liners and zingers. The Opposite of Sex was everything a well-written, intelligent sex comedy should be, and fortunately, everything that American Pie was not.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You will laugh, you will cry, you will be offended" February 29, 2000
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That's what it says on the box, and that is probably one of the truest comments I have read on any movie box, ever. I have now watched the movie three times in as many days and still cannot get over it. It literally has something to offend anyone, and I don't offend easily - I actually thought "Blue Velvet" was funny. Christina Ricci is great as Deedee, one of the most unlikable characters you can ever imagine, who does not have a heart of gold and does not only need love to magically transform into a better person. Yet, in some way I am yet to verbalize, you land up liking her (kind of). Martin Donovan as her set-upon half-brother is probably every gay man's (and probably a few straight women's) dream and Ricci's scathing narration concerning him makes him even more so. It is a brilliant performance. Having said that, though, the film almost belongs to Lisa Kudrow as Lucia (no - pronounced like Marcia), whose character portrayal is one of the strongest I have seen in a long time. Her comic timing is almost scarily perfect. All in all the movie is one you are not likely to forget, and I mean ever. This is due largely to the truly excellent script, which should have won an Oscar at least. It offers a perfect platform for the six main characters to launch their altogether brilliant performances. The direction is tight and there is literally not a frame wasted in what is sure to become an absolute cult classic.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Ensemble Comedy January 10, 2006
"The Opposite of Sex" has the reputation for not being for all tastes, which is unfortunate, since this should be required viewing for those with an open mind and an open heart. This is an endlessly clever and well acted comedy that portrays the lives of characters that have flaws, that make mistakes, who judge and criticize, often prematurely, in an effort to find true happiness...just like many real people do. And as many noted, the unquestionable highlights are the stunning performances from both Christina Ricci and Lisa Kudrow. Ricci has simply never been better...her sharp commentary is both wickedly clever and amazingly incisive. Kudrow has perhaps the best role of her career as the acid-tongued Lucia, and one can't help but empathize with her despite her sharp witted barbs. The most amazing feat of "The Opposite of Sex" is that despite all the characters' shortcomings, we become so deeply involved in their plight that the ending becomes unexpectedly heatrfelt and moving, but in the least traditional or sappy way imaginable. This is one of the very best films of the year, for fans of sharp comedy and heartfelt insights into people who are less than perfect, but more than a little extraordinary.
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3.0 out of 5 stars THE OPPOSITE SEX
Published 2 months ago by Kathleen C. Prybylo
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting movie
It's a classic movie choices.

I enjoy the style of this movie and would highly recommend it.

I think should be one of those rare cult classics
Published 3 months ago by JEAMES
5.0 out of 5 stars I think she is so sexy
This is one of Christina Ricci's sexier movies. She is a little hottie I think. Good acting and Christina Ricci.
Published 5 months ago by SammiSnead
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty vulgar
Lisa Kudrow is an awesome actress and should have done a LOT more dramatic roles (its not too late, Lisa!). Dirty, vulgar.... unnecessary garbage.
Published 8 months ago by NOONE
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible movie - Opposite of good
Most juvenile movie. Gives Hudson Hawk competition for worst movie. I've seen more interesting plots in the IRS tax form. This movie was the Opposite of interesting.
Published 17 months ago by MixMaster Thespian
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry!!! Wanted to like this movie but....
I can not stress how disappointed I was and how much I really wanted to find anything positive in this film,but in continuously dragged it's feet and ,despite such a good actress... Read more
Published 18 months ago by GQBOB
5.0 out of 5 stars That rare gem: a thinking person's film...and FUNNY!
Although Christina Ricci got most of the attention for acting in this film, the rest of the cast gave equally superb performances: Martin Donovan, the untrumpeted lead; Lisa... Read more
Published on June 7, 2011 by M. Burns
4.0 out of 5 stars christina
An early Christina Ricci -movie
Its been on TV. (she s still worth the
price) buy it! for your collection)
Published on January 30, 2010 by Ariel_fan_72
5.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly evil dialogue fills this movie
I'm a long-time fan of this film and I finally took the time to read all the reviews and comments already here at Amazon to find out what others thought. Read more
Published on October 30, 2009 by Bruce Barker
5.0 out of 5 stars 8-)
Loved this movie! Might not be for everyone though . Amazing acting and great story.
Published on December 24, 2008 by Marcelino Rosas
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