Love & Sex
R
Entertainment: +1 1/2
Acceptability: -3 1/2

Romantic comedies seem to be consistently popular, but this next installment from Hollywood leaves much to be desired. Magazine columnist Kate Welles (Famke Janssen) is assigned to write an article giving tips for a successful relationship. But Kate has never had what she would call a successful relationship. So as she brainstorms about what to write, the audience goes on a journey through many of her previous relationships, all of which ended in breakup. Most prominent and serious of these is Adam (John Favreau), an artist that Kate actually ends up living with for over a year. But alas, all of Kates relationships fail and given enough time, this one is no different. Watching Kate struggle to find anything in her past that contributes to a successful relationship is painful at best. Along with the depressing search for lasting relationships, the immaturity exhibited by all of the thirty-something characters is more likely to scare off audiences than bring them in.

While it painfully explores relationship failures, it only gives clues about what does work. Kate and Adam both express a fear of being alone. They seem to be incomplete unless in some kind of dating relationship, which probably contributes to their multiple failures. Although related, love and sex are not interchangeable. Much of the film deals with the sexual aspect of relationships even though none of the principal characters are married. Once again, Hollywood takes a casual attitude toward premarital sex without consequences, showing a few sex scenes, two of which are graphic. A high school teacher couples with a student in one explicit scene while another scene shows an unmarried pair in a bathroom stall, revealing side breast nudity in the process. Sexual dialogue is also frequent, with references to male genitals, propositions for sex, and a scene in a store that sells sex related paraphernalia. Focusing on fornication, plus an abundance of vulgar language, makes LOVE & SEX an unlovable movie.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Distributor: Lions Gate Films, 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 501, LA, CA 90036

Summary
Crude Language: Several (7) times Mild 3, Moderate 4
Obscene Language: Many (53) times - F-word 31, s-word 15, other 7
Profanity: Many (28) times Regular 8 (G 3, GD 2, J 1, JC 1, Swear to G 1), Exclamatory 20
Violence: None
Sexual Intercourse: Few times Graphic (teacher and student in bed with motion and sound but no nudity, unmarried couple in bathroom stall with motion and sound - side breast nudity), Implied (unmarried couple beginning to undress and kiss one another, unmarried couple in bed)
Nudity: Few times (side breast in sex scene, female breast in paintings); Near Nudity Few times (cleavage emphasized and skimpy clothes, woman in nightgown, men and women in underwear)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Many times (people discuss arousal and size of male genitals, graphic discussions of unconventional sex, people ask about number of sexual partners they have had, man grabs womans breast, couple wonders why they havent had sex in some time, people talk about having sex, sex toys shown and commented on, couples make out heavily)
Drug Abuse: Few times (alcohol)
Other: Characters have serious aversion to being alone and out of relationships for any length of time; sex often misused in relationships, premarital sexual relations emphasized
Running Time: 82 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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