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sex, lies and videotape (1989)

Cast: James Spader, James Spader, Andie MacDowell, more...
Director: Steven Soderbergh, Steven Soderbergh
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Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Genre: Drama, Independent, Erotica
Running Time: 99 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
Steven Soderbergh kickstarted the independent film movement of the 1990s with this landmark drama about the tangled relationships among four people and a video camera. John (Peter Gallagher) is an unscrupulous, self-centered yuppie lawyer with a beautiful wife named Ann (Andie MacDowell). Ann feels secure and well provided-for in their relationship, but she has almost no interest in sex; she tells her therapist that she's more concerned about waste disposal. John, however, is still quite interested in sex and is having an affair with Ann's sister Cynthia (Laura San Giacomo), whose personality is fire to Ann's ice; sex is the one area in which she's been able to best her more successful sister, and she relishes her ability to seduce Ann's husband. Into this dysfunctional picture comes Graham (James Spader), a college friend of John's whom he hasn't seen in nine years. Graham has decided that talking about sex is more interesting than actually having sex, so he meets women and asks them discuss their desires and fantasies as he tapes them with a camcorder. A sensation at the Sundance Film Festival, the film made that festival a synonym for a new brand of low-budget indie dramas about contemporary life and relationships. Together with Quentin Tarantino's very different Pulp Fiction (1994), sex, lies, and videotape was one of the most influential movies for independent filmmaking of the 1990s. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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GreenCine Member Reviews

Should have been rated G by WEverett September 29, 2006 - 7:47 AM PDT
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Not sure what was R rated about this movie.... if you want something saucy I would look somewhere else. Cute but I've seen a whole lot better I would recommend Summer Lover's.

MacDowell is wonderful by fcobourn January 6, 2004 - 2:50 PM PST
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2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
To have seen most of Soderbergh's newer work and then to go back to this movie people have been talking about for years was well worth it. Like "discovering" the Chili Peppers and going back to all their old albums and loving them, this movie provides critical insight as to the unique style of the artist/director as it stands today. Andie MacDowell is flawless as the good-sister housewife and Spader plays his usual somewhat creepy character although this time with much more intrigue and depth, as well as a soft-side. Although I'm not sure why wearing a black collared shirt and blue jeans and having a feathered mullet makes him so arty/subversive, but then again it was 1989.




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