Politically Correct Sex
Release Date: July 15, 2005
Starring: Lisa Kudrow, Tom Arnold, Laura
Dern, Maggie Gyllhenhaal,
Steve Coogan, Jason Ritter,
and Bobby Cannavale
Runtime: 128 minutes
Distributor: Lions Gate Films
Director: Don Roos
Executive Producer: Tom Ortenberg, Nick Meyer and
Producer: Holly Wiersma and Michael
Writer: Don Roos
Address Comments To:Tom Ortenberg, President
Lions Gate Films
4553 Glencoe Ave., Suite 200
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Phone: (310) 314-2000
Fax: (310) 396-6041
Lisa Kudrow of TV's FRIENDS stars in the movie as Mamie, a troubled, unhappy abortion clinic counselor. The movie opens with a distraught Mamie running through some suburban streets and getting hit by a car. The movie then tells the events leading up to this situation, including the situations of characters indirectly involved.
Twenty years ago, Mamie seduced her new step-brother, Charley, and became pregnant. She left town to get an abortion and now works as a counselor, supposedly making sure that the women deciding their babies' fates are happy with their final decisions.
Their two step-parents dead, Charley now runs one of his father's restaurants they both inherited. Charley is in a complicated friendship with two lesbians, their sperm baby, Max, and Charley's own homosexual boyfriend, Gil. Working in Charley's restaurant as a karaoke announcer is 22-year-old virgin Otis, who has the hots for his boss. Otis invites a well-received karaoke singer, Jude, to become his rock band's lead female singer. Although Jude seduces Otis, she has designs on his rich father, Frank. Jude blackmails Otis into going along with her plan.
Meanwhile, Mamie is having a hot affair with Javier, a Latin masseuse. One day, an unkempt, would-be film student, Nicky, blackmails Mamie into helping him make a movie to get a highly competitive student scholarship. Nicky informs Mamie that he knows the identity of Mamie and Charley's son, the intended abortion victim who Mamie secretly decided to put up for adoption instead. Nicky wants to make a documentary of Mamie's reunion with her son, but she and Javier convince Nicky to make a documentary about Javier's non-existent sex massage business instead.
All of these stories come to a comical climax that's at times disturbing and sometimes sad.
The title to this movie has a sexual meaning that the script makes clear to the audience. This reflects the movie's very strong pagan worldview, as well as its politically correct attitudes toward abortion, homosexual behavior, family, illegal immigration, and sexual promiscuity. The writer and director washes all of this abhorrent content down with a comical, satirical tone. His spoonful of sugar ends in a hackneyed, politically correct scene where most of the characters happily gather at the wedding for two of the characters.
Like one of the writer/director's previous efforts, HAPPY ENDINGS seems like just an excuse to push a pro-homosexual, politically correct agenda. Regrettably, the attitudes expressed in his movie represent the beliefs of all too many American citizens, including many political and religious leaders and teachers. Don't let your family be brainwashed by these evil attitudes.
HAPPY ENDINGS is a low-budget adult comedy with some clever writing and directing, but, in the end, the story consumes itself. Uneven acting doesn't help, nor does the politically correct pagan worldview that dominates the stories. The writer slash director washes all this abhorrent content down with a comical, satirical tone. His spoonful of sugar ends in a hackneyed, politically correct scene where the characters gather at a wedding for two of them.