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Preaching to the Perverted
Preaching to the Perverted
Actors: Guinevere Turner, Christien Anholt, Tom Bell, Charlotte Weston, Julie Graham
Director: Stuart Urban
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
R     2003     1hr 40min

A young infiltrator named Peter is dispatched by moral crusaders, led by Member of Parliament Henry Harding, to gather evidence for a private prosecution against fetish and S&M clubs in Britain, where many activities are...  more »

     
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Actors: Guinevere Turner, Christien Anholt, Tom Bell, Charlotte Weston, Julie Graham
Director: Stuart Urban
Creators: Sam McCurdy, Stuart Urban, Julian Rodd, Daniel Unger, Keith Hayley
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Studio: First Look Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 10/21/2003
Original Release Date: 08/07/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 08/07/1998
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Who ever said Love wasn't Painful??
Schtinky | California | 05/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Preaching To The Perverted is a visually stunning foray into the bondage nightclub scene, with a surprisingly gentle and heart-warming love story behind it. The photography, costumes, cast, settings, effect, and music all combine into an exquisitely beautiful and erotic film. If you want dirty "spank me till I bleed" cinema, this is *not* your film. PTTP is a gorgeous visual delight with an industrial/club soundtrack and a lot of eye candy.There is beauty, love, humor, and yes...a bit of "strapped down" stimulation. Rather like a more risque Exit To Eden, with the stage beauty of All That Jazz.The Story? Young Peter, played by Christien Anholt (Marcellus in Mel Gibson's Hamlet and a bit part in Power of One) is recruited by Henry Harding (Tom Bell), member of Parliament who heads the United Front Opposing Filth.They send Peter into the heart of the sex and fetish clubs in order to gather evidence for prosecution in his campaign to shut down the industry. Peter is a fresh innocent, who surprisingly holds himself rather open-minded in his investigation.In the House of Thwax, he meets Dominatrix Tanya Cheex (played superbly by Guinevere Turner) who begins to gently introduce him into her world.Along the way, Peter finds himself attracted to Tanya, and realizes that he does not want for her to go to jail in Harding's prosecution. He must make a choice now, not only about the prosecution, but whether the clubs actually cause any harm to anyone.What I really liked about Peter was that in all he went through, he never lost his innocence, or his inner strength. He manages to stay steadfast in his beliefs and uncorrupted, while at the same time accepting the diversity of others.And while Tanya is the ultimate beauty with her own convictions; sassy and spirited and free, she learns that sometimes soft does not mean weak.This really is a great film. I laughed my butt off at the "horse and carriage" scene, I almost cried at the ending, and throughout the entirety of it, I gasped in pleasure at the overall beauty of it. This is human nature at its best, not its worst, and as long as you are not repelled by a many "northern orbital body" scenes and a few spankings, I think that you will agree that Preaching To The Perverted is a beautifully done masterpiece. Enjoy!"
Would you like an extra pillow?
Steven Cain | Temporal Quantum Pocket | 06/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Finally on DVD. Love it. I first saw this mistresspiece about the same time as the equally wacky, sex-drenched Tromeo and Juliet (What? You didn't know Juliet had a lesbian lover?), and it has lost none of its magic.Other reviewers have described it well, so I won't overkill the story line. While this is a lightweight look at the S & M industry/subculture, it is genuinely entertaining, with Chris Anholt (Tia Carrere's sidekick in Relic Hunter) perfectly cast opposite the Divine Guin Turner - check out Go Fish and Chasing Amy.Apart from being sheer entertainment with a great soundtrack, the movie captures the madness by which corrupt and perverse Government officials presume to judge a subculture in which the genderless, non-hierarchical role-playing is actually very sane and healing.Hilarious, sexy, exciting. I hope they make a sequel with the same cast."
Two Stars for the Visuals...but VERY shallow
Sharon Temple | La Verne, CA | 04/03/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

"This is just an okay, "one-view" film. It's beautiful to look at, so I wouldn't deprive anyone the chance to view it. But it's not a film you'll be happy to own, in my opinion. This is especially true if you're into the BDSM scene yourself.

My problem with it? It's too shallow -- all about the costumes and performances and the need to be flashy. This film is actually intended to "shock" but it's rather surburban. I hate the tone of "let's go check out the leather-costumed weirdos." It's rather condescending and exploitative, actually.

The story is about a young man sent undercover to investigate the "scene" and who predictably (and unrealistically) becomes involved with a Domina played by the lovely Turner (who some viewers may remember as the ball cap wearing lesbian girl from GO FISH). All the characters are utterly without substance, paper thin, portrayed in a very stereotypical fashion.

The S/M underworld is treated in an over-glamorous flashy way, with an emphasis again on costumes and make-up and stage performance. This might actually work better as a Broadway musical, like John Water's "Hairspray."

If you want to see a sensitive and heartfelt portrayal of S/M, check out the Japanese film "Moonlight Whispers." There, the director and writer, has a deeper understanding of the romantic and psychological elements of BDSM. That film doesn't portray us all like a bunch of carnival freaks -- as the media would like to believe.

So rent "Preaching to the Perverted" to view once, but BUY the Japanese film "Moonlight Whispers." I promise you'll truly love it. It may be the only authentic, non-exploitative film ever made about male submission/female dominance -- so far, it's the best one.
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Stylish and Funny
S. Carmichael | a mountain in the south | 01/14/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a marvelous movie (not five star since I save that for things that stand the test of time) -- funny, stylish, delighting in itself. The background players, many of them actual members of the London Fetish scene, seem to be having a marvelous time and are definitely eye candy. The story is simple and the humor somewhat predictable, but the sets and costumes make it worth watching."