What You Need To Know:
LOVE & SEX is a provocative title with an inconsequential story. Many of the scenes are familiar, and Janssen’s performance is overdone. Favreau is excellent in his portrayal of Adam, but, despite humorous moments, the lack of substance and degradation of love is more depressing than uplifting. Surprisingly, the language was excessive, with the use of the "f" word. Other elements, including sexual content and a flawed pagan worldview, put this story in the same category as other movies of its kind, where lust comes before, and even in place of, love.
(PaPa, Ro, B, LLL, V, SSS, NN, A, M) Mostly pagan worldview of main character’s search for a good relationship & sensual pleasure with some idealism & moral elements including woman deciding to keep child rather than abort; 49 obscenities, 17 mostly mild profanities & many sexual & lewd references; some disturbing paintings with camera focusing on one, crying depicted over physical trauma but nothing shown & woman kicking man’s car while screaming at him, with man doing the same to her & her car; many crude references to oral sex, implied oral sex under sheet, girl & French teacher shown in bed together with depicted girl losing virginity under sheet, depicted fornication in bathroom behind door, man puts hand on woman’s clothed breast, main character states, “sex is the best way to erase the past,” couples engaged in heavy kissing & touching, depicted store with many sexual toys pictured with man giving explanation of men’s sexual toy & stripping; man shown wearing sheet around waist after implied adultery, outline of side of girl’s breast seen & girl in slip; alcohol use; and, flatulence & jealousy.
Famke Janssen of this summer’s X-MEN stars as Kate Welles in LOVE & SEX, a story built around Kate’s journalism assignment to write about romantic relationships. The assignment spurs her reflection on her own past.
Kate is almost fired from her job as a writer, but, after pleading with her editor, she is assigned the task of writing on relationships – not one of Kate’s strong points. She soon begins dictating her views on the subject, reflecting on her past. She tells how she met her on again, off again romantic partner Adam, played by Jon Favreau of THE REPLACEMENTS, after he humiliated her date at an art show. She then reflects further back into her past, to the time she lost her virginity to her high school French teacher. Kate then moves on to an affair with, unknowingly on her part, a married man. She meets them both unexpectedly, then ends that affair.
Adam is the first real relationship involving a modicum of commitment, and the two move in together. One day, Kate comes home to find Adam has given her some kittens. Kate is pleased, but then breaks the news to Adam that she is pregnant. She is upset about the responsibility involved, and he asks about abortion, but then tells her that he will be very committed and is excited about having the child. The events that follow prove his words are true, but the two begin to grow apart.
Adam and Kate break up, and, though they are fairly honest with each other, they try to make the other feel jealous. When Kate finally does get involved in a more serious relationship, however, Adam tells her that he wants to be back together with her. Eventually, Kate’s reflection ends on a somewhat positive note, despite her lack of ability concerning relationships.
LOVE & SEX is a provocative title with a shallow story. Many of the scenes are familiar and Janssen’s performance, albeit sincere, is overdone. Favreau is excellent in his portrayal of Adam, but, despite the humorous bits in the story, the lack of substance and degradation of love is more depressing than uplifting. Surprisingly, the language was excessive, with the “f” word counting for most of the obscenities. Other elements, including sexual content and a flawed pagan worldview, put this “romantic” story in the same category as other movies of its kind, where lust comes before, and even in place of, love. Also, Kate doesn’t really learn anything really positive, in a biblical way, about relationships by looking back on her life, although she does find some personal stability and happiness.