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Getting Any? back to product details

"what kind of car would you like?" "one i can have sex in."
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written by alexqsub September 20, 2004 - 9:36 AM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
i'll put it simply. what's impressive about this movie is that not only is it really silly at times, and satires some things even we americans will know, but the actors (especially our star) have great delivery, and the jokes are actually often pretty creative and funny. in other words, it's not predictable.

Wacky entertainment -sillyness abounds!
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written by akeleven February 19, 2004 - 10:57 PM PST
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Welll - we have a cross dressing yakusa boss, a suicidal cessna pilot, a poop-slinging blind swordsman - What's not to like? I didn't get the one about the mad scientist wearing one sandal but the rest of the mad scientist bit was worthy of the 3 stooges. This video won't win an oscar but it's probably great fun at parties! Don't miss GrasshopperMan after the credits!

Be advised there's a fair amount of upper body nudity but humor gets in the way of any attempt at eroticism, including the interspecies sex.

For hardcore Kitano fans only
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written by ColonelKong August 7, 2003 - 12:22 PM PDT
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Beat Takeshi is probably my favorite contemporary Japanese actor, and I love several movies he's directed, but I really found this one a bit tedious. I'd only recommend it for lovers of strange comedies or people who need to see everything Kitano has directed. Sure, it did make me laugh a couple of times, but I thought that this shaggy dog story about a loser's quest for sex in the back of a car could've easily lost about 20 to 30 minutes. One probable disappointment for fans of Kitano is that he only appears in the film briefly toward the end. Another difference from most of Kitano's films is that Joe Hisaishi (regular composer for both Kitano and animator Hayao Miyazaki) didn't score this film, which arguably wouldn't have been appropriate anyway.

The saying "comedy doesn't travel well" probably applies there, I'm sure there are things in this film that are uproariously funny to a Japanese audience that are just weird to Americans. In some ways, Getting Any? reflects Beat Takeshi's media persona better than the films his American fans are familiar with. Kitano really has no American equivalent as an actor/director/media personality, so you can't pin him down as "The Japanese [insert name of American actor or director here]".

I suppose in some ways, this film is sort of an interesting curiosity that shows that people who are regarded as great artists can be just as silly as the rest of us, and I'm sort of glad that I saw it since I've been curious about it for a long time, but I don't think I'll be in any great hurry to watch it again.

If you're new to Kitano's films this is not the place to start, watch Sonatine (the first Kitano film I ever saw), Hana-Bi or Kikujiro fist.

P.S., be sure to either keep watching or fast-forward when the end credits come up.

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