"Cart Before the Horse"
What You Need To Know:
This movie might be a cute romantic comedy if they threw out the awful title, the graphic (but thankfully brief) sex scenes and the frequent vulgar verbal references to sex. Ultimately, however, the sex and language in this movie are over the top and the messages are trite. The characters and filmmakers have put the cart before the horse, because they assume that lust and sex can make love bloom. Worst of all, perhaps, the Catholic priest makes for a bad Christian role model. Naturally, MOVIEGUIDE® cannot recommend this movie
(PaPaPa, AbAb, HoHo, LLL, SS, NN, A, D, M) Strong pagan worldview of romantic love, with confused Roman Catholic priest who gets vicariously interested in single Jewish woman’s sex life in the confessional box and homosexual character; about 48 obscenities, four strong profanities, 14 mild profanities, and frank sexual talk; no violence; depicted fornication, masturbation, self-described lesbian forcibly kisses woman who refuses her advances, and frank sexual talk in favor of sexual immorality; partial nudity, upper male nudity, scene of upper female nudity, and woman in underwear; alcohol use; smoking; and, miscellaneous immorality such as woman poses as an expert on romantic love when she really knows little about her subject.
You know you’re in trouble when the writer, director and producer of a movie is a woman who used to work as a video editor in the porn industry. Of course, with a title like AMY’S ORGASM, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know what you’re getting.
Julie Davis, the writer and director, also stars in the movie as Amy Mandell, a 29-year-old self-help author who’s written a book titled WHY LOVE DOESN’T WORK. Amy’s book has become popular because it tells people that they don’t need a romantic relationship in order to be fulfilled. This is good advice, but Amy has found that it’s not really working for her. Starved for sex, Amy is waiting for the right guy to come along. The right guy turns out to be a shock jock named Matthew Star, played by Nick Chinlund.
After an on-air interview with Amy, Matt can’t get Amy out of his mind. He’s become uninterested in the other women who appear on his show to bear their breasts, a la Howard Stern. The budding romantic relationship between Matt and Amy shocks everyone around them, including themselves.
There’s trouble in paradise, however, as the affair goes through some typical ups and downs. Amy finally decides to throw down her guard and dare to experience the most elusive thing of all – love.
This movie might be a cute romantic comedy if they threw out the title, the graphic (but thankfully brief) sex scenes and the frequent vulgar verbal references to sex, including masturbation. Julie Davis is appealing enough, though she sometimes tries to imitate Woody Allen’s Jewish angst too often. In fact, her character foregoes therapy in favor of Catholic confession with a young, confused priest who starts living vicariously through her love life. The bigger talent here might be Julie’s co-star, Nick Chinlund, who has an ease and charisma before the camera that might lead to bigger and better things.
Ultimately, the sex and language in this movie are over the top and the messages are trite. The characters and filmmakers have put the cart before the horse, because they assume that lust and sex can make love bloom. Worst of all, perhaps, the Catholic priest makes for a bad Christian role model.