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Better Than Sex
Better Than Sex
Actors: David Wenham, Susie Porter, Catherine McClements, Kris McQuade, Simon Bossell
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
UR     2003     1hr 35min

A steamy and smart romantic comedy that explores the differences between men and women. After a party in Sydney, an attractive young man and woman share a taxi. What starts out as a one-night stand turns into 3 days of th...  more »


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Actors: David Wenham, Susie Porter, Catherine McClements, Kris McQuade, Simon Bossell
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Creators: Garry Phillips, Jonathan Teplitzky, Shawn Seet, Bruna Papandrea, Frank Cox, Marc Bonduel
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/29/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

A charmer from Down Under
K. Hill | West Haven, CT United States | 10/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The only bad thing I can say about this film is the fact that it took nearly four years for it to reach the US. The tag line pretty much sums it up -- what was intended as a one night stand turns into more than the participants expect. Sexy -- definitely (I may never look at wildlife documentaries quite the same way again); funny -- in many places hilarious, especially when examining the Mars/Venus aspect of burgeoning relationships (toilet seats, dressing time); and surprisingly sweet. The stars are charming, attractive and very real, both emotionally and physically (after years of plastic Hollywood types, you have NO idea how pleasant it is to see a good looking guy who is NOT Mr. Universe, and a good looking woman without augmentation), and are ably supported by the rest of the cast, particularly the actress (whose name I now can't remember, my apologies!) who plays the cabbie and doubles as a relationship counselor.

There's a saying that life is what happens when you're busy making plans -- perhaps love is what can happen when you're busy having sex, if you let it. Well worth your time, and share it with a friend.
Reminding us that something really is better than sex
Nicholas S. Robertshaw | 09/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After thoroughly enjoying this film, its stars, and its plot devices (including the omniscient taxi driver) I was a little surprised to find that many professional reviewers were rather unenthusiastic about it. This is curious given that most viewer reviews were very positive. I suspect is because the viewers are somwhat younger than the pros and have a more recent or less jaded view of love. This film, first acknowledges that one night stand sexual pleasure can be fun and enjoyable, and that lusty screwing with someone you like and find attractive is terrific. But its celebration is greatest for the glorious intimacy of making love when mutually in love, hence the title. If you haven't been there, you won't get this film. If you have, then this is pure joy. The 'dance' the characters have to go through to acknowledge that sex has lead to love and that love has lead to the most incredibly fulfilling sex is funny and entertaining.

The film is also beautifully shot with many creative and artistic images of both the stars and the surrounding city. When Josh sees Cyn playing the piano, the camera takes his eye's loving appreciation of her beauty.

This is a must for lovers and lovers of love.

Non-believers will just be confused and annoyed."
Absolutely wonderful
michelle | Maui, Hawai'i | 01/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this movie last night after looking forward to it for over a month and was not let down, it went beyond any expectation I may have had. I had a smile on my face practically the whole movie. It's impossible to not feel for both characters. The humor is real and natural, the delivery of the plot fantastic. After so many 'girl likes boy, boy likes girl, both are scared to admit it' movies, you think you've had enough and its all the same, but not this one. Loved both Susie Porter and David Wenham also, great actors, great chemistry. You must go see this. I wish more american movies were this smart and endearing if only so I could have easier access to seeing them."
Like 'When Harry Met Sally' - only about sex...
Adi Adler | Atlanta, GA United States | 07/25/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Since the dawn of mankind, men and women wondered what their partners were thinking. Movies like 'When Harry Met Sally' and 'Better Than Sex' try to answer that ageless question.

The movie itself is nice, and both stars seem to have an easygoing chemistry going on. This really gives a nice boost to a movie which is pretty predictable, story & information wise."