The Opposite of Sex

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The Opposite of Sex ★★½ 1998 (R)

Teenaged terror Dedee (Ricci) wreaks havoc with the life of gay half-brother Bill (Donovan). She seduces his boyfriend Matt (Sergei), gets pregnant, steals his savings, and nearly costs him his high school teacher's job. Then she takes off for L.A., with Bill, his best friend Lucia (Kudrow), and sheriff Carl (Lovett) in pursuit. Quirky black comedy isn't shy, especially when Ricci's vamping across the screen, and features fine work by Kudrow (in a welcome departure from the dumb blonde roles) and Ricci (who can definitely remove the words “child actress” from her resume). Dedee's acerbic narration is another highlight. 105m/C VHS, DVD . Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan, Lisa Kudrow, Ivan Sergei, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Galecki, William Lee Scott, Colin Ferguson; D: Don Roos; W: Don Roos; C: Hubert Taczanowski; M: Mason Daring. Ind. Spirit ‘99: First Feature, Screenplay; Natl. Bd. of Review ‘98: Support. Actress (Ricci); N.Y. Film Critics ‘98: Support. Actress (Kudrow).

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