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Sex & Death 101 (Anchor Bay DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Film: C-



On the 20th Anniversary of Heathers, that film is being reissued on DVD (again) and another film from its writer Daniel Waters (which he also directs, expecting he cannot do worse than Hudson Hawk) is also arriving on DVD from Anchor Bay.  Sex & Death 101 (2007) sounds like it could be a funny comedy about philosophy, school, eggheads and relationships, but this is nowhere as witty and considering it is from the creator of the overrated Heathers, no surprise it is as dumb as it is.


Instead of something smart, we have the tale of an about-to-be-married executive (Simon Baker) who gets a crazy e-mail that turns out to be a list (101?) of all the women he slept with, including names he may not have heard of before.  His “funny lesbian” secretary (Mindy Cohn from The Facts of Life) is uncertain when she opens the list and while he goes on a spree over this list and potentially ruins his marriage, a female serial killer named ‘Death Neil’ (tay in the wind?) played by Winona Ryder is on the loose killing men who have crossed the line with women.


The result is an unfunny mess too impressed with itself and though Baker can carry the lead role, this never adds up to much and kept reminding me of how much funnier Dane Cook could be.  Too bad, because with some ambition, this could have been interesting, but instead lands up being a dumbed-down high concept with nowhere to go.  Class dismissed!


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is soft and as shot in motion blur-prone High Definition, color is somewhat muted and no shots are too memorable.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo mixes are on the flat side with adequately recorded dialogue and a lack of soundfield (the 2.0 goes into automatic Pro Logic if you receiver picks up the flag) that is weak and poor for a new production.  Extras include on featurette 101 Perversions, a trailer and audio commentary by Waters.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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