Docurama // 2005 // 80 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // February 17th, 2006
The mystical possibilities of sex flow from the act of surrender. Losing
oneself clears a space for something larger. As we touch each other we truly
touch something timeless.
-- Kim Cattrall
Kim Cattrall has enjoyed a career resurgence playing the notoriously naughty Samantha Jones in Sex and the City. She's hovering right at fifty, an age most female Hollywood stars find themselves relegated to playing grandmothers and nuns. But you know what? She looks better today than she did back in the '80s, when she appeared as an overzealous gym coach nicknamed "Lassie" in Porky's. Yet when Sex and the City ended, seems most of the cast had too much time on their hands. Especially Kim, who published a novel of sex advice with her then-husband Mark Levinson, about the female orgasm. That book was a manual for men on how to make women climax. But somehow Mark must have not learned a whole lot, because a divorce soon followed the release of the book. So what's next for the sex icon?
Kim is single again, and also has a new book out, called Sexual Intelligence. It's a more lighthearted coffee table-type tome. HBO has developed a special to go along with it, called Sexual Intelligence. Don't get too excited, because most of this show is collages of ancient art, and talking heads discussing what sex means and the history of certain words and concepts. Honestly, I was hoping for tips and hints about how to do things better in bed. Instead, I got a lot of lip service about ancient Roman penis worship, and legends about Cupid and Psyche. It's all slightly interesting, but not exactly what I was expecting. A lot of the information presented here would fit right in on the History Channel without much problem. It's good one time through, but not too shocking or even insightful. Academics and common people talking about sex isn't all that exciting. You could watch this with your mother and not even blush. It's all very politically correct. There is a panel of "common folks," which includes a straight woman, a hetero guy, a bisexual femme, and the gay guy. They offer their various insights, interspersed with vignettes of Kim doing comic bits and academics offering history lessons. I did learn a little, and maybe every guy should at least give this one spin. I can now confidently tell you exactly where the mythical "g-spot" is -- and that thirty-two second sequence should probably be a PSA running on network television.
The DVD presentation is rather nice. The picture is a nicely executed widescreen transfer which is crisp and clear. A Dolby Digital stereo track does fine delivering the dialogue and music. There is a twenty-two minute feature about the animation developed for the project. It's kind of cool to see the process for something this far behind the scenes. Unfortunately, the animators lack a little animation themselves, so it's sometimes drier than it should be. Also included is a music video, featuring lesbian identical twins Tegan and Sara performing "Speak Slow" (definitely worth a download from iTunes if you're inclined). There is a nice text biography of Kim, and that wraps it up. Nice little package for Sexual Intelligence -- but like the show, nothing earthshaking.
I love Kim Cattrall. God bless her! She's made fifty sexy, and she'll always be a goddess on my sexual icon altar. I hope she's got the sexpert author act out of her system with Sexual Intelligence. She needs to go back to what she does best -- acting sexy on screen and being funny. This DVD is fine for a rental, but I hardly see it getting the kind of replay a good marathon of Sex and the City will provide. As Samantha Jones might say, "Find the damn g-spot and move on!" For a title as highbrow as Sexual Intelligence, why did I feel like I was watching Sex for Dummies?
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Scales of Justice
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 80 Minutes
Release Year: 2005
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Behind-the-Scenes with the Animators
* Music Video -- "Speak Slow" by Tegan and Sara
* Kim Cattrall Biography