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Speaking of Sex (2001)

A female marriage counselor and a male depression expert try to solve the marital problems of a troubled couple.

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John McNaughton

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Gary Tieche
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Spader ... Dr. Roger Klink
Melora Walters ... Melinda
Jay Mohr ... Dan
Nathaniel Arcand ... Calvin
Megan Mullally ... Jennifer Klink
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Dr. Emily Paige
Nick Offerman ... Sheriff Panghorn
Greg Pitts ... Deputy Trousdale
Daniel Libman ... Dr. Clark
Don MacKay ... Dr. Fromm
Paul Schulze ... Larry
Catherine O'Hara ... Connie Barker
Phil LaMarr ... Joel Johnson, Jr.
Bill Murray ... Ezri Stovall
Hart Bochner ... Felix
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A female marriage counselor and a male depression expert try to solve the marital problems of a troubled couple.

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Because life has its ups and downs...

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2002 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Falando de Sexo See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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$94,689
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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During an interview of Jay Mohr he stated that during take #2 of a court room seen where he was to choke James Spader, Bill Murray challenged him, "I Bet you can't clear that table, you got your feet on the table. Impress me." So during take #3 Mohr jumps and clears the table. After the seen Murray told him very calmly, "I knew you could do it, good job". See more »

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Dan: [reading from the pamphlet Dr. Paige handed him] Mas--mastering masturbation?
Dr. Emily Paige: Oh, it's a wonderful guide. Techniques, fantasy games, lubricants, all in historical context. Did you know that Edison was an avid masturbator? It's where he got his best ideas.
Dan: No, Edison stole his best ideas.
Dr. Emily Paige: Whatever. Maybe it was Einstein.
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References Annie Hall (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Quando me n'vo
(from La Bohème)
Written by Giacomo Puccini / Luigi Illica / Giuseppe Giacosa
Published by Casaricordi-BMG Ricordi SPA
All rights for U.S. administered by BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Opus 1 Production Music Library
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"Elevator sex?!?"
2 April 2004 | by xokatyxoSee all my reviews

Very much in the "screwball" comedy genre, and a direct descendant of 'Bringing Up Baby', etc, films of this kind always walk a fine line between (as they say in 'Spinal Tap') clever and stupid. And the best ones will cross that line more than once during their running time, but in a way that makes the viewer laugh convulsively rather than roll their collective eyeballs and leave the cinema.

'Speaking Of Sex' largely succeeds, in my opinion. But it is really only due to the collection of actors involved. It is most definitely held together almost entirely by some fabulous performances by the ensemble cast. James Spader, Bill Murray, Jay Mohr and Catherine O'Hara really shine in this one. A lesser group of talent would've buried the film. Thankfully, these actors make it work (or, at least, make it eminently watchable). But it does leave you with the feeling that someone should really write these actors something more worthy of their talents. If the script and direction had been sharper and the story more refined, with this innovative and talented cast, the movie could've easily been a comedy classic. It's just a shame that the material itself doesn't hold a candle to the actors who're giving it their all in bringing it to life.

If someone could write these under-rated actors (particularly Spader and Murray) a really great script, I'm sure the result would be awesome. And more wholly deserving of the 7-out-of-10 rating I'm giving this picture.


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