Intrusive Comical Perversions
Starring: Jeffrey Tambor, Jill
Clayburgh, Bill Duke, and
Runtime: 97 minutes
Distributor: USA Films
Director: Eric Schaeffer
Producer: Eric Schaeffer, Terence
Michael, Dawn Wolfrom, and Bob
Writer: Eric Schaeffer
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NEVER AGAIN stars Jeffrey Tambor and Jill Clayburgh as a formerly married middle-aged exterminator and a widowed social worker, Christopher and Grace, who find themselves attracted to one another. Chris and Grace “meet cute” at a homosexual nightclub, where Chris is trying to find out whether his fear of commitment with the opposite sex is really an example of his latent homosexuality. Grace mistakenly tells her women friends to meet her there after she has a bad blind date with a midget, with whom she had a brief email correspondence.
Chris and Grace quickly fall into lust with one another. Their sexual relationship soon leads to deeper feelings, however. This presents a problem, because they both had agreed that they weren’t going to go down the road toward absolute commitment. Hence, the movie’s title, NEVER AGAIN.
In order to keep their sex life interesting for Chris, Grace explores the world of pornography, including considering the idea of sadomasochism. This leads to a series of humorous incidents and comical embarrassment scenes. Eventually, however, Chris does indeed lose interest, which forces Grace to come up with a unique, more romantic solution when an unexpected tragedy occurs.
Though Grace and Chris finally get over their commitment problem, this movie contains strong references to sexual perversions such as pornography, homosexuality, cross dressing, anonymous sex, sex toys, and even sadomasochism. Writer and director Eric Schaeffer has created two middle-aged characters, Chris and Grace, who seem to have no problem whatsoever seriously considering taking part in such activities as these.
Here, it is interesting to note that the movie suggests that both characters are products of the sexually liberated, feminist 60s and 70s. As plenty of historical evidence shows, the so-called Sexual Revolution was, in the final analysis, an attempt to completely remove the Christian foundation of Western Civilization. As such, it represents an example of hateful, anti-Christian bigotry, or Christophobia. Regrettably, many people in non-Christian religions also took pleasure in removing this foundation. The Good News is that God will hold them accountable, as well as the leftists and atheists, for their evil intentions and immoral actions.
It’s too bad that NEVER AGAIN contains such abhorrent content and abhorrent worldview elements. The filmmakers could have created an excellent romantic comedy for adult moviegoers about two middle-aged people like Grace and Chris. Certainly, they have put together a fabulous cast. In fact, MOVIEGUIDE® readers probably would like to see the talented Jeffrey Tambor and Jill Clayburgh in other movies. Those movies have to be much more wholesome than this one, however, to say the least.
NEVER AGAIN plays like an upscale teenage sex comedy for middle-aged people. As such, it features an abhorrent, immoral attitude about sex before marriage and sexual perversions like pornography, homosexuality and even sadomasochism. All of these things, especially the perversions, are seen as amusing, relatively harmless recreational endeavors and human foibles. Needless to say, this attitude is unacceptable, as is the movie’s foul language, which nearly reaches 100 obscenities and profanities