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The OH in Ohio (Unrated)





Release Date: July 14th, 2006 (AMC/Loews 19th St. and AMC/LoeWs E-Walk) by Cyan Pictures.
The Cast: Parker Posey, Paul Rudd, Mischa Barton, Miranda Bailey, Liza Minelli, Danny DeVito, Heather Graham.
Directed by Billy Kent.

BASIC PREMISE: Priscilla (Posey) canít reach an orgasm with her husband, Jack (Rudd), who leaves her to regain his manhood.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Much of The Oh in Ohio seems like an episode of Sex and the City directed by the Farrelly brothers. Unlike in Warm Water Under a Red Bridge where the protagonist suffers from excessive orgasms that literally flood her home, here, the protagonist, Priscilla, goes on a quest to find that ďbig OĒ that would end her dry spell, so-to-speak. She tries every single method to fix her problem, including going to a marriage counselor with her husband and to an awkward group session with a sex therapist played by Liza Minelli, who tries to channel Barbara Streisand from Meet the Fockers. The plot gets sillier and contrived when Priscilla bumps into Wayne (DeVito), a wealthy pool salesman who happens to be a lonely widower as well. Then, thereís a worker (Graham) at a sex shop who teaches her more than she expected to know about sex. Meanwhile, Priscilla's husband, Jack, a high school teacher, flirts with a hot and horny student, Kristen (Barton) who, somehow, knows whatís missing from his life and gives it to him. Fortunately, Parker Posey, as sexy as ever, gives a sizzling performance which helps to add plenty of comic energy to this contrived film. It's fun just watching her during an important business meeting as she reacts to a vibrating cell-phone placed you-know-where (wink, wink). The third act feels a bit chaotic and leaves a few plot-holes, but at least itís unpredictable, refreshing and, above all, entertaining.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Occasional plot-holes and too many contrived and silly scenes.

NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 1

IN A NUTSHELL: Often silly and contrived, but refreshingly funny and thoroughly entertaining thanks to a terrific cast. Parker Posey sizzles!

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)


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