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Rabbit Fever (2006)

The Rabbit is the world's best-selling vibrator. In the past year alone, millions have been sold all over the globe. Now experts are warning that the Rabbit is becoming the new addiction. ... See full summary »

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Ian Denyer

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Stephen Raphael
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Barbuscia ... Nicky
Julian Rhind-Tutt ... Rupert
Tara Summers ... Ally
Flora Montgomery ... Georgia
Emma Buckley Emma Buckley ... Sophie
Sharon Gavin Sharon Gavin ... Jane
Sienna Guillory ... Newscaster
Stefanie Powers ... Georgia's mum
John Standing ... Ally's dad
Sorcha Cusack ... Ally's mum
Enzo Cilenti ... Andrew
Samantha Bloom ... Claire (as Sam Bloom)
Cassandra Bell ... Marketing Executive
Tom Hollander ... Tod Best
Tom Conti ... Prof Rosenberg
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The Rabbit is the world's best-selling vibrator. In the past year alone, millions have been sold all over the globe. Now experts are warning that the Rabbit is becoming the new addiction. Women who start using it often find they simply cannot stop. This is the first movie to follow the trials and tribulations of a group of Rabbit addicts as they attempt to kick their Rabbit habit.

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REELIN' IN THE YEARS
Written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen
Published by UNIVERSAL/MCA MUSIC LIMITED
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A film whose batteries have sadly run out before it started
24 September 2006 | by Chris_DockerSee all my reviews

Rabbit Fever is a mockumentary collection of sketches, each one of them focussing on a female personal device that was made popular by a single 1998 episode of Sex and the City (the latter half of 1998, rather than the early episodes which were all directed by women). From opening statistics that make Rabbit Fever sound like a soft porn movie, we are treated to a sea of predictable sketches with real and imaginary characters in a world run amok with women's addiction to solitary pleasure.

Men, as Germaine Greer rather arrogantly explains, have invented a gadget for women that makes men superfluous in the bedroom. The Rabbit Vibrator (which some statistics suggest accounts for about a quarter of all vibrator sales) is so called because of little rabbit-like long ears which vibrate to stimulate the clitoris, while rotating pearls inside the shaft stimulate the inside of the vagina. The film interviews characters that attend Rabbits Anonymous to help overcome their 'addiction', as well as known people such as Tom Conti posing as a professor or Richard Branson (amid scenes of rabbits being banned on aircraft) saying he would like to provide free rabbits to his first class air travel passengers and ultimately to all of them.

The main weakness of the film is that the idea is not enough to sustain 85 minutes of cinema, the sketches don't have the writing skills of say a Charlotte Church or Ricky Gervais to make them funny enough and, while it might make desultory late night TV, doesn't have a hook to get people to queue up in public at multiplexes to watch masturbation jokes.

Lines like, "It's been nearly a week since you used your rabbit - how are you coping?" wear rather thin after five minutes. The film is based on the idea that the mere mention of the word 'rabbit' will get a laugh . . . and another one, and another one. Frantic midnight drives to buy batteries might be amusing in real life, but here they look rather laborious, and the special emergency delivery service outstays its welcome.

Strangely the BBFC gave it an 18 certificate in spite of zero violence, hardly any explicit sex, and sexual references that are less 'perverted' than any late night comedy show. The company protested the decision, but the BBFC didn't budge. At first sight this seems overkill on their part and their consumer advice now simply says, "Contains frequent strong sex references." One might think that youngsters would find masturbation jokes funnier than the most desperate of hen night parties, and the topic one worthy of debate; but Rabbit Fever does not even have the saving grace of a balanced approach to its subject matter.

The best part is probably The Rabbit Song by Ruocco (who play a band called Thumper in the film). For those who have dozed off and woken up at the end credits, there is a bonus scene at the end of them to reassure them that they haven't missed anything.


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