Amy's Orgasm

on August 23, 2002 by Tim Cogshell
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Ostensibly, "Amy's Orgasm" is a light-hearted feminist film about woman who, through rational academic analysis, has come to the conclusion that neither men nor sex--or at least sex with men--is necessary. Ostensibly. In reality, it's a fairly anti-feminist film about a girl who falls for a guy who's all wrong for her, has good sex with him and drops all of her well-crafted principles when he doesn't call the next morning. Frankly, it's kind of insulting, both to men and women. And it's not that funny--which is just generally insulting.

Amy (Julie Davis in her acting/writing/directing and even editing debut) is a nearly 29-year-old Ivy League girl of Jewish decent (a relevant fact in the movie) who has been celibate for quite some time. She's written a popular book, "Why Love Doesn't Work," denouncing the necessity of men. She has a quirky lesbian publicist, Janet (Caroline Aaron), and neat little friends who give her bad advice. The publicist books her on the talk radio show hosted by shock jock Matt Starr (an excellent Nick Chinlund, next starring in "Below") to promote the book. She decides to take on the infamously lecherous Starr, wearing a booty skirt, tight top and no bra (for the record, Julie Davis is insanely hot--an aside that is also very relevant to the film). It goes as one might expect, which is to say it gets ugly. Then, oddly and for no discernable reason save for his raunchy charm, Amy agrees to go out with Starr, and the movie's entire philosophy does a 180. Suddenly the bright and deliberate heroine is a sniveling whining Jewish American Princess seeking advice from a young Catholic priest. But why? The film suggests that all of Amy's well-considered proselytizing against men was merely the result of a bad breakup, which is even more insulting.

One wonders if the multi-talented Davis, who is indeed extraordinary, is in fact this vested in such well-worn stereotypes about women in general, Jewish women specifically, all the men on planet, and relationships. One hopes not. Starring Julie Davis, Nick Chinlund and Jeff Cesario. Directed and written by Julie Davis. Produced by Julie Davis, Fred Kramer and Gina Meyers. A Magic Lamp Release. Romance/Comedy. Unrated. Running time: 85 min

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