Sex, Lies and Videotape

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Sex, Lies and Videotape
Sex, Lies and Videotape
  • R
  • 1h 40m
  • 1989
Certified Fresh96%
Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
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With smoldering sensuality and biting humor, the surprising relationship between the three title subjects is revealed in sex, lies, and videotape, the most-talked about erotic comedy of the decade. James Spader (TV's "Boston Legal") ran away with the Best Actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his brilliantly understated and seductive performance as Graham, a long-lost college friend who drifts back into town and into the lives of John,a self-involved philanderer, his angelic wife Ann, and her saucy sister Cynthia. One by one, each is drawn into the very "personal project" Graham is working on, leaving the relationships between them forever transformed. A monumental debut effort from first-time feature director Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Twelve, Traffic, Erin Brockovich), this comic original includes riveting performances from Peter Gallagher (American Beauty), Andie MacDowell (Michael) and Laura San Giacomo (TV's "Just Shoot Me").
© 1988 Outlaw Productions. All Rights Reserved.

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Certified Fresh96%
Critics Consensus: In his feature directorial debut, Steven Soderbergh demonstrates a mastery of his craft well beyond his years, pulling together an outstanding cast and an intelligent script for a nuanced, mature film about neurosis and human sexuality.
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Common Sense Says
Talky '80s drama has sex, cursing, mature themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that sex, lies and videotape is a 1989 drama. The subject of this movie is sex, intimacy, and honesty, but mostly it's about the power of conversation. Masturbation is discussed, although not in graphic detail. A married man has an affair with his sister's wife. An impotent man asks women to talk about their sexual lives on tape so he can play them later and become aroused. No nudity and sex are shown but frank discussions make this fare only for especially mature older teens, most of whom will probably find the talkiness boring anyway. Expect to hear "f--k," "s--t," and more.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:August 4, 1989
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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