Wirey Spindell
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Wirey Spindell
Eric Schaeffer writes, directs, produces, and stars in this wacky sex comedy. Nine days away from his wedding, Spindell (Schaeffer) realizes that, though his future bride Tabitha (Callie Thorne) is both gorgeous and understanding, he no longer finds her sexually attractive. In flashbacks, we learn about the sexually precocious Spindell, including a time as a toddler when he tries to have oral sex with an electrical outlet. Later in college, he has a long passionate affair with Samantha, who is just as neurotic and sexually kinked as he is. Wirey Spindell was screened at the 1999 Boston Film… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Long, shapeless, and painfully unfunny, Wirey Spindell confirms its maker's status as one of the most distinctively awful filmmakers of his generation."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Wirey Spindell is as idiosyncratic as the name of its hero, which gives this surprisingly affecting film its title."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The first pleasant surprise of 2000."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"As annoying and self-indulgent as the film may be, it can only seem irredeemable once Schaeffer has confirmed what you already suspected -- that he's using the film to trot out every oddball anecdote from his own life."
‑ Scott Renshaw, Apollo Guide
"Schaeffer needs to realize that there are few universals in his stories and way too many specifics, and it takes more than a weird name like Wirey Spindell to make a person really distinctive."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"...a teen sex comedy for the grown-up arthouse crowd."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Variety
"Ambiguously autobiographical (and, per usual, sooty-lensed."
‑ Jessica Winter, Village Voice
"A naked attempt at Jerry Maguire-style profundity that elicited 47 temple rubs and 13 audible Jesuses between my companion and I... the comedic equivalent of flat soda."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Easily the best film that writer-director Eric Schaeffer (My Life's in Turnaround, Fall, If Lucy Fell) has made in his short career as the king of narcissistic indie cinema. But that's like saying that some hate crimes are preferable to others."
‑ Matt Reichl, Reel.com
"For the most part Mr. Schaeffer, by mixing melodrama and comedy in ways that they do not combine, neither shows how Wirey's early life is so terrible that he winds up a drugged and drunken misfit nor jogs the comedy to a level beyond the mildly amusing."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"To say that this movie is true to life is only to say that it's banal, boring and confusing."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Where writer-director Eric Schaeffer shoots himself in the foot is by succumbing to the narcissistic voice within."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"The big puzzle is why anyone would want to get within 50 feet of the guy, let alone marry him."
‑ Mike Kerrigan, Boxoffice Magazine
"What is appallingly lacking in the film is recognizing the possibility that this person's life might be one big bundle of irresponsibility."
‑ Peter Henne, Film Journal International
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