A guy's life is turned around by an email, which includes the names of everyone he's had sex with and ever will have sex with. His situation gets worse when he encounters a femme fatale (Ryder) who targets men guilty of sex crime.
Just before he's to marry Fiona, Roderick Blank receives an anonymous e-mail with 101 names on it; Fiona's is the 29th, the first 28 are women Rod has slept with, and the 30th turns out to be the stripper at his bachelor party. The notion that he will have sex with 70 more people sends Rod into crisis mode, especially after three odd men in an aseptic office confirm that a celestial machine has made an error. They suggest destroying the list, but Rod finds that easier said than done. Working his way through it consumes him, plus he realizes that death may await him after #101. Meanwhile, a femme fatale nicknamed Death Nell is putting men into a coma. Are they fated to meet?Written by
The list of lovers also includes Selena Kyle (Catwoman's real name), Kitty Twist (Jane Fonda's role in Walk on the Wild Side (1962)), Barbarella Pygar (formed from Fonda's Barbarella (1968) character and its blind angel Pygar), Candace Christian (the full name of the title character of the sex romp Candy (1968)), Annabelle Lee (the title of an Edgar Allan Poe poem), Carlotta Valdes (a character in Vertigo (1958)), and Gillian De Raisx (a modification of the fifteenth century aristocratic French serial killer, Gilles De Rais). See more »
When Miranda and Roderick finish their meal, Miranda gets up, and takes her plate and her napkin, along with Roderick's plate, but she leaves his napkin on the table. As she walks behind the chair where Roderick sits, the image cuts to a closer shot and she is holding both plates and both napkins. See more »
I'm certain that some very interesting things will occur this evening... your penis going into her vagina will not be one of them. But have a lovely evening.
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Water of the Gods
Written by 'David Rothblatt', 'Darren Spitzer', 'Rob Kallick', and 'Jonny Basofin'
Performed by 'The Changes'
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Although this film seems like a b-movie or even verging on soft-core porn (if there was actual sex in the film, it would be a soft core porn mainly due to the lighting and obvious low budget) Sex and Death has a few redeeming qualities. There are moments of insightful "sex isn't what is important in life" expressions, that however verge on forcing the viewer to relate to the main character Roderick Blank. It has a sweet unpretentiousness to it, that is refreshing amidst the mega-bucks Hollywood romantic comedies with predictable stories, but still feels like it should go straight to video and not bother with the theaters.
An interesting premise, with a plot twist that feels very predictable but ends in a surprising way, its still not enough for me to recommend it to anyone, as the film doesn't leave with you anything - no glowing feelings, no revelations, not even a basic contentment after watching a horror, thriller or romantic comedy. Instead the film is bland, with no character development and no explanation as to any character motivations. Why did Winona Ryder's character choose to act the way she did (explained but not at all believable)-- what about the motivations of every other character in the film? What is Roderick's motivation? Pure boredom? Although explained by the script, there is no emotion from the actors, no expression of anything remotely connected to feeling, to depth. Nothing is really clear, its all hinted at, and the viewer is left feeling uninspired and unconnected from the characters and the story. The lead actors still did their best with it,(the ensemble was horrid though) and though this is Ryder's worst character ever, perhaps it was all a fault of the writing, who is to say? This film is like a tantalizing sandwich in the shop window. It looks beautiful at the start as it has good ingredients (seasoned actors) and has a unique and interesting recipe (premise) yet when you take a bite, there' s no meat, no filling, no flavour. The viewer is left with an empty mouth, empty head and a lighter wallet.
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