An Entertaining Film
MoneyMan | New York | 11/10/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While this film is reminiscent of many other made-for-TV film on a form of addiction (drug, gambling, kleptomania, etc.), it's bouyed by an interesting storyline and surprisingly strong acting by Harry Hamlin, and especially Lisa Rinna. Unlike many other "Based on actual events" films, it actually felt real. I highly recommend seeing it.
A warning: There are two or three scenes of brief nudity in the DVD version which was not aired on television (Lifetime Movie Network). While it didn't bother me at all, you rarely see that in a "Lifetime" movie no matter what medium it's shown. So I was taken aback for a second. Don't take that as a knock on the film in any way; it's still a must-see. I'm just giving potential viewer a heads-up."
An Out of Control Obsession
Blond&Smart | Pgh.PA USA | 04/04/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When I first saw this movie on the "Lifetime" network,I was really ingrossed in this movie. Aside from the fact that the main stars, Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin are real life husband and wife,the movie was one of a true,startling and very heartwrenching real life story. The film is played by Rinna and Hamlin as husband and wife and that the husband has a insatiable sex addiction. He goes to extreme limits to satisfy his sexual compulsions, picking up prostitutes, going to peep shows and strip joints and even having his own secret apartment to bring other women to and watch pornography. All the while his unsuspecting wife does not know of this serious condition of his that can very well be compared to a drug addiction or any other severe compulsions. The wife finally realizes something's very wrong when she is called to bail him out of jail for soliciting an undercover policewoman posing as a prostitute. She is shocked,furious and hurt by what she eventually finds out about her otherwise "normal" husband. She gives him an ultimatum to seek professional help for his addiction to sex and lust. He goes and they find their way back to some stable and promising grounds as he really does love his wife. A must see for anyone interested in the complex life of a marriage constantly being tested by continous adultery on the man's part, although women are known to have this"sex" addiction. Based on a true story, it gives insight,knowledge and hope for these kind of troubled marriages that are actually more commonplace then we think. A stunning and heartfelt movie for mature audiences."
Reproduces Gender Stereotype - shallow movie
Dr. rer. imp. | München | 10/01/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Of course no woman and no man would like to be betrayed by her husband/wife. This makes the setup of the movie interesting in the first place.
However, things are painted in black and white colors without questioning anything. The guy in the movie buys erotic journals, has a girl friend, and visits prostitutes - so he is really the BAD guy.
What about his wife? What about the relationship? Did this couple ever talk about sex? About relationship? About whishes and dreams of the other partner? Nothing is told us in the movie.
The wife demands fidelity from her husband like she would demand her pet to be house-trained. She never asks herself how she is involved in the process. The only role she takes is the mortally offended wife who has every moral right to forgive or not to forgive. Somehow she advanced to a kind of god or at least a federal judge.
She does not change within the movie. We do not learn anything about her thoughts of good sex, of a good relationship and her attitude towards men - except that they are bad guys if they are running sex topics on the side.
The whole movie is taken from a very small moral point of view without shining some light on the more complex situation of this couple.
In this way a great change is missed to produce something more than flat entertainment on cost of a very important topic.
This comment does not intent to protect or justify they guys behavior but to point out the poor work which this movie delivers.
The topic is too important to be covered by such a cheap movie."