Sex Is Comedy
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Catherine Breillat's Sex is Comedy concerns a female film director, Jeanne (Anne Parillaud), who is attempting to film a sex scene in her new movie. Complicating the already emotionally difficult shoot is the fact that Jeanne and her lead actor (Grégoire Colin) are sexually involved. The scene being shot echoes with a scene in Breillat's previous film, Fat Girl, adding to the supposed "reality" of the situations presented in the film. Roxane Mesquida rounds out the cast as the actress playing the 15-year-old in the scene being filmed. Sex Is Comedy was screened during the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Annoying, soporific and, despite its title, singularly humorless."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"In Jeanne's world, and Breillat's, filmed sex is no ordinary eye candy. For their characters, it's an admission of a dark, complicated interior life that only the bravest of actors, finally, can expose on screen."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Takes an absurdist approach to a sophomoric subject and wrings real laughs from it; a terrific comedy about lust, filmmaking, and the human psyche at its most clandestine."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Sex Is Comedy is a lively, frank and often perceptive anatomy of screen acting and directing: insightful, self-mocking and engagingly alive."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"It feels too self-satisfied, but the prickly personalities and relationships have the ring of experience."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Reminds us what a vulnerable undertaking acting can be, and what an intimate, manipulative, caring and torturous act directing is."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Sex Is Comedy is not sure what it's really about, or how to get there."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"[H]olds multiple mirrors up to itself, creating a neverending series of reflections and self-referents..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"An eyes-rolling, forehead-smacking glimpse through the eyes of an artist in her farcical struggle"
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"an off-putting egocentrism...permeates [Breillat's] otherwise intriguing discourse on the relationship between directors and actors"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"If Breillat's aim is demystifying how passion and desire are simulated on-screen, then Sex Is Comedy is successful."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"A rigorous and bracingly charming movie about moviemaking."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"a mistitled disaster"
‑ Christopher Null,
"If you sometimes have the feeling French films are made by the most spoiled and self-involved upper-middle-class twits imaginable, it might be because of such films as Sex Is Comedy."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Movies about movie-making can be unbearably insular, but I can't recall one that deals so specifically with the difficulties of love scenes without being exploitative."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, Los Angeles CityBeat
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