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Zerophilia (2006)

Taylor Handley , Dustin Seavey , Martin Curland  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Taylor Handley, Dustin Seavey, Alison Folland, Kyle Schmid, Rebecca Mozo
  • Directors: Martin Curland
  • Writers: Martin Curland
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tla
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M2E372
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,777 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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"Part horror movie, part randy teen sex farce, [Zerophilia] takes the premise that some organisms are capable of mutating gender to suit their surroundings and extends it to an Oregon undergrad whose extra chromosome allows him to alternate between male and female. Martin Curland's endearing debut delivers a ripe conceit in such gendermorphic times, ... it could conceivably spawn an entire genre of imitators." -VARIETY

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Deeper than your typical sex comedy March 10, 2007
This is not your average sci-fi romantic comedy plot: boy meets girl, girl meets boy, boy falls for girl... but that last bit becomes a problem, because when Luke feels the stirrings of lust for Michelle, boy starts to TURN INTO a girl. This is because he has "zerophilia," a rare genetic disorder that causes those afflicted to spontaneously change gender whenever they orgasm. To compound matters, Luke's newfound female alter ego "Luca" feels quite attracted to Michelle's brother Max.

The genre is that of a teen sex comedy, and the film's subject matter makes the perfect fodder for a host of sex and gender-related jokes. However, this indie film goes beyond the formulaic pablum Hollywood seems to crank out too much of these days. On another level, it does have more to say about gender roles, relationships and acceptance of oneself.

Writer/director Martin Curland's debut production features a clever script. There are excellent performances from the entire cast, particularly Taylor Handley (Luke) and Rebecca Mozo (Michelle). Dustin Seavey and Alison Folland are definite standouts in their roles as Luke's friends Keenan and Janine, and Marieh Delfino also deserves mention as the emotionally-confused "Luca."

The special effects and makeup were pretty decent given the movie's presumably limited budget. On another note, while the filmmakers could have shot this script virtually anywhere, they made quite good use of locations in and around Eugene, Oregon.

The DVD extras don't add a lot to the film. However, there is a pretty humorous interview with actress Kelly LeBrock (The Woman in Red) where she talks of zerophilia as though it were a real disease.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dontcha hate when this happens? March 8, 2007
Luke has a problem. He met a beautiful girl, who seems to be very

much interested in him as well. But when starts to get sexually

aroused by her, he starts to turn into a woman. (Say, what?)

You see, Luke is a victim of "Zerophilia" (2005), a genetic

abnormality that causes one to switch genders when they have an

orgasm. Of course, they can turn back just by having another orgasm,

but that may not be so easy, since a male "zero" who just changed

into a woman may not be attuned to how to sexually excite his female

self to orgasm. Then there is the matter of having to maintain two

complete wardrobes ...

Firmly tongue in cheek, this hillariously offbeat indie comedy from

writer-director Martin Curland features witty dialogue delivered by

a talented, likeable young cast, headed by Taylor Handley (whom some

may remember as Oliver on "The O.C.") as Luke. Not a gay film, but

of special interest to anyone who likes to explore the mystery of

traditional gender roles and attitudes. DVD includes a phony plug

for a supposed "support group" for zerophiliacs, deleted scenes and

a short "making of" feature. I give it four stars out of five.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whats in your genes? May 10, 2007
I have to say that I had never heard anything about this movie when I rented it. My initial interest fell mainly in the fact that it's leading actors were Taylor Handley and Kyle Schmid (both whom I love and are gorgeous). So I rented it. Five minutes into it, I was hooked. I was actually multitasking when I put it in and stopped everything to watch it. This is one of the cleverest movies I have ever seen. Not only did I love the underlying message, which is a bit cheesy but I feel is important, (Love is out of your control, that you can't help whom you fall in love with). And I also felt it broke away the line between gay and straight, because I don't feel that when it comes to orientation things are black and white, there is a grey area. The writers show this when the main character Luke goes above and beyond to try to proove to his friend that he is straight, (Luke is a zerophiliac and not unlike a frog he can change his sex) because of the fact that once he turns into a woman he becomes sexually attracted to another guy his friend starts to wonder about Lukes sexuality even though when Luke is a man he likes a girl named Michelle. A little confused? So is Luke. But he soon realizes that accepting who you are is what's important not putting labels on everything, which I felt is the best message.Although the idea of humans being able to change their sex as a frog is able to is a bit far fecthed I thought it was important to the message that writer was sending and the storyling was so great it was easy to forget that it would never really happen. Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing film April 3, 2007
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The premise of the film is a little far-fetched but once you get over that it is an interesting idea that is cleverly spun out. It helps that the two leading protagonists are immensely attractive (I would imagine to both males and females) and so the idea of changing genders is enticing!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Cool February 20, 2011
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Both my spouse and I found this movie to be totally cool. On a scale from 1 to 10, it was a 13. This movie is all over the queerness map, which is difficult but awesome to find in a movie. The movie has an intersex-like premise, dealing with a fictional abnormal chromosomal condition that transforms the affected person to the opposite sex after having the big O. Then it hits on a number of the issues transgender people deal with. It also goes in a little bit to dealing with gay/lesbian issues. Note that only few of these words (gay, lesbian, transgender, intersex) are actually used in the movie. Supporting characters are heterosexual, and you see things from their perspective as well. Even better, the heterosexual couple were supportive of their zerophiliac friend. This movie has periods of humor, introspective soul-searching, and social dynamics between genders. I would recommend this movie for its entertainment purposes to any person who would like to escape into a gendermorphic fantasyland for about 90 minutes. This has to be the most unique movie of the queer genre.

Again, super cool.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this film
Personally, I really enjoyed this film. I'd definitely put it in the "try before you buy" category because it's subject matter is just strange enough that not everyone may... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Devin De Marco
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Watching.
I didn't expect much from this move, but I was pleasantly surprised. Despite the unlikely premise, the movie holds together nicely; I found myself invested in the characters and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Beers
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie I took a chance seeing there aren't many ...
Very good movie I took a chance seeing there aren't many who have watched this and it was excellent I recommend it to anyone
Published 2 months ago by helper
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Film!!
This film is one of my absolute favorites of all time. It shines a bright light on the beauty of simply being who You are inside.
Published 5 months ago by keri
4.0 out of 5 stars Genderbending Drama
From What I've Seen here Those Zerophiliacs are quite The Master Manipulators! Anyway, Hey Brownie Points for a Very Interesting Concept! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rashaud
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
I this a great, one of a kind comedy and teen film. I received this DVD in a week when I ordered it.
Published 7 months ago by Ciara Berry
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun concept!
What a sweet, entertaining indie flick with a totally unique concept. Appealing, likable, sexy, charismatic cast. Props to all involved.
Published 8 months ago by Ozn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concept
Great concept. Very different. Loved it. Curl up and enjoy it on a dreary day under the covers on a laptop
Published 11 months ago by Al Qayoom
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
A cute story with attractive actors and a different format from all the other love stories. And it expands your closet.
Published 11 months ago by Steve
1.0 out of 5 stars boring love story about a guy who can turn into a girl
i found the movie rather boring. i thought it would be funny but i suppose someone was trying to make a statement about love and gender.... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bookworm936
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Soundtrack apparently was never released. Anyone able to give me list of songs...if they have the movie? [There are songs I'd love to buy individually.
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