Sex Is Comedy
Sex Is Comedy (2004)

Film director Jeanne is obsessed with directing a difficult sex scene between her young actress and actor who hate each other. Aided and prodded by her loyal assistant director, Leo, Jeanne is hell-bent on getting it right, without… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 20, 2004
DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Annoying, soporific and, despite its title, singularly humorless.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

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.

Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

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.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Reminds us what a vulnerable undertaking acting can be, and what an intimate, manipulative, caring and torturous act directing is.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Sex Is Comedy is not sure what it's really about, or how to get there.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[H]olds multiple mirrors up to itself, creating a neverending series of reflections and self-referents...

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

If Breillat's aim is demystifying how passion and desire are simulated on-screen, then Sex Is Comedy is successful.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

A rigorous and bracingly charming movie about moviemaking.

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Christopher Null

a mistitled disaster

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A director cajoles, threatens, berates, and befriends her actors in order to get them to perform the perfect sex scene. The shooting of a sex scene has always… More
Mark Abell
This was a pleasant surprise. I have found many of Mdme Breillat's films tough going and have often failed to understand her purpose. This, however, was a… More
Red Lats
A movie about making a movie. The director in the film tries everything from cajoling to befriending to get a sex scene correctly played in her film. The last… More
Sunil Jawahir
This is like watching funny porn...except its not funny or sexy. It's just weird.
Antony Stubbs
Disappointing work from French stalwart Breillat? Afraid so. Though highly interesting on paper, the execution of Sex Is Comedy falls well flat. The plot… More