History of Sex in Cinema:
The Greatest and Most Influential
Sexual Films and Scenes


2000, Part 1

The History of Sex in Cinema
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Movie Title/Year and Film/Scene Description

American Psycho (2000)

Director Mary Harron's perversely witty, ultra-violent drama, an adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' 1991 novel American Psycho, presented a social satire of the morally-shallow Reagan era with its portrait of the violent psyche of a misogynistic male -- a loathsome 27 year-old narrator/yuppie New York stock executive broker. He assaulted both friends and random victims alike in his expensive apartment and elsewhere, although it was possible that the many murders were only hallucinations in his psychotic head.

Speculation arose over the numerous bloody murders in this film (mostly off-screen) committed by the Wall Street broker and psychopath Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), who self-admittedly claimed he was into "murders and executions" (interpreted in a noisy bar as "mergers and acquisitions"). He even clearly admitted early in the film when in a tanning booth: "I think my mask of sanity is about to slip. "

A greedy, image-conscious power broker on the side, he had an ever-present Walkman, and was obsessed with a facial cleansing regimen and body worship, dinner reservations at the most exclusive and hip restaurants, and showy business cards (a scene in which a group of homoerotic cronies competitively whipped out their cards and compared card stock, font, font size, color and layout. The well-tanned, status and brand-conscious, narcissistic 'hard-body' Bateman worked out while viewing porno and horror films (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) with women screaming, as he perpetrated macabre murders of prostitutes and co-workers.

This film was one of the best instances demonstrating how violence could often be rated less harshly than sex by the MPAA ratings board. There were multiple scenes of the serial killer Bateman dancing and singing to the music of Huey Lewis and the News, Phil Collins, or Genesis ("In Too Deep") as foreplay to grisly violence.

In a grisly apartment murder scene, as Huey Lewis' 'Hip to Be Square' played in the background - the tune was critiqued by the pompous, falsely-sophisticated Bateman, who lectured Paul Allen (slumped in a chair) while he backed into the living room (with an 80s moon-walk stride) and donned a clear rain-slicker - with a shiny new axe at his side:

"The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far much more bitter, cynical sense of humor...In '87, Huey released this, Fore, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is 'Hip to be Square,' a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself."

Bateman attacked from behind with his new axe after calling for his drunk victim, associate Paul Allen - to turn around: "Hey, Paul!" He punctuated the gory hacking with anger: "Try getting a reservation at Dorsia now, you f--kin' stupid bastard!" as blood splattered over his face from the impact of the multiple vicious strikes (off-screen) from his shiny new axe head. Afterwards, he stashed the body in a blood-soaked black sleeping bag and dragged it through the lobby of his apartment. He took a cab to Allen's apartment, and packed one of Paul's suitcases with clothes to make it appear that he was on an unexpected trip to London for a few days. He also left a message on the answering machine (in Paul's voice) about his absence.

Shortly later came the scene that brought the greatest ratings controversy - a sexual threesome (edited to avoid an NC-17 rating) sex scene with two prostitutes: blonde Christie (Cara Seymour) and redhead Sabrina (Krista Sutton). He entertained them with wine, truffles, and the playing of another Phil Collins CD: "No Jacket Required," while introducing himself as Paul Allen. Bateman conducted a video-taped menage a trois while rambling on about the lyrics of Phil Collins' songs, including his personal favorite "Sussidio", and making cold and calculating requests of them to dance and perform sexual acts toward each other. He ordered Christie: "Get down on your knees so Sabrina can see your asshole," and then instructed Sabrina to perform oral sex on her: "Don't just stare at it, eat it." Bateman also vainly posed to flex his muscles and admire himself in a mirror in order to re-enact his fantasies from porn films, while having sex.

With Two Prostitutes Christie and Sabrina, and Posing Vainly to Admire Himself

The Controversial Threesome Sex Scene
With Christie (Cara Seymour) and Sabrina
Sabrina (Krista Sutton)

In the middle of the night, he opened a drawer full of sharp devices (scissors, a razor-blade scraper, a hammer, a knife, etc.), telling them: "We're not through yet," but then after an unspecified amount of time - had he tortured them? - he dismissed them with wads of cash.

At a noisy nightclub after snorting cocaine in a womens' room stall, he and other buddies were conversing with a group of females, when Bateman in the noisy bar area admitted to dumb blonde model Daisy (Monika Meier) what he did: "I'm into, uh...well, murders and executions mostly" - she heard him say: "mergers and acquisitions." They left the club together in a taxi. At work, where psychopathic Bateman was twirling a lock of Daisy's cut off blonde hair (a clue to her fate as another random victim?).

Later in the film, Christie was pressured into joining him in his "new" apartment - Paul Allen's place. They entered with a second dark-haired prostitute named Elizabeth (Guinevere Turner) - where he drugged her drink and encouraged the two to make out together, as he pontificated about Whitney Houston's songs, including "The Greatest Love of All."

As the threesome engaged in sex on a bed that he was videotaping, Patrick stabbed Elizabeth under a bed sheet where the sheets turned red, and her orgasmic screams turned to loud moans. The nude and bloodied Bateman chased after the panicked, second fleeing negligee-clad hooker Christie, who came upon a few dead females hanging in the apartment's hallway closet and wrapped in plastic bags, and a wrecked room spray-painted with the words DIE YUPPIE SCUM. He continued to pursue her, when in the bathroom, both of them came upon another bloodied female body.

Blood on Patrick's Face After Stabbing Elizabeth

Wrapped Bodies Hanging in Hallway Closet

Discovery of Another Bloody Body in Bathroom

After Christie kicked him in the face - he reacted with rage: "Not the face, you bitch." Christie ran out the apartment's front door, with Patrick following close behind with a roaring chainsaw through the apparently empty NYC apartment hallway of the complex. From the top of the stairwell in the building, Bateman dropped his chainsaw down upon her - she died face-down when it hit her in the back a few flights below.

His secretary Jean's (Chloe Sevigny) perusal of Bateman's leather notebook in his desk suggested that the homicidal murders, depicted by his crazed doodlings, were his shocking fantasies of rape, murder and the mutilation of women. Did the murders really happen, or were they only his own murderous impulses and cocaine-induced fantasies? Were the murders all in his imagination, or not?

The film's twist was presented in a blatant monologue confession scene (in voice-over) as the camera slowly panned toward Patrick's face, and called into question what he had actually committed, as he surrendered to the insanity around him. When his two worlds of business and sex/hyper-violence came together, it appeared that the violence was all merely fantasy. He mused to himself about what he had done in the film's concluding voice-over monologue - and wished to inflict his pain upon others:

"There are no more barriers to cross. All I have in common with the uncontrollable and the insane, the vicious and the evil, all the mayhem I have caused and my utter indifference toward it I have now surpassed. My pain is constant and sharp, and I do not hope for a better world for anyone. In fact, I want my pain to be inflicted on others. I want no one to escape, but even after admitting this, there is no catharsis. My punishment continues to elude me and I gain no deeper knowledge of myself. No new knowledge can be extracted from my telling. This confession has meant nothing."

Soon-to-Be Victim Paul Allen In Bateman's Apartment

Bateman's (Christian Bale) Axe Murder of Paul Allen (Jared Leto): "Try getting a reservation at Dorsia now!"

Blonde Model Daisy (Monika Meier) at NightClub

Daisy's Severed Head in Patrick's Refrigerator

Chain-Saw Pursuit and Murder of Hooker Christie in Stairwell

Patrick's Crazed Psychotic, Homicidal Doodlings In His Notebook

Bateman's Monologue Confession

Baise Moi (2000, Fr.) (translated "Rape Me" or "Screw or F--k Me")

This daring and scandalous, unrated art-house import about heartless and irrational female sexual rage by two hardened and randy females was the first collaboration between French film-maker Virginie Despentes and former porn actress Coralie Trinh Thi. The script was adapted from Despentes' own 1995 novel.

The French female empowerment film was a very violent, sensationalist, bold, graphic and hard-core sex-filled version of Natural Born Killers (1994) and Thelma & Louise (1991) - a nihilistic and self-destructive picture that ran into extreme protest and controversy. Pressure groups sought to have the French government reclassify it as X-rated. It was banned in France, its native country of release.

The nihilistic and nasty road film set in modern-day France and shot on grainy digital video, featured two main female characters (both French adult film stars), lower-class French 'bad girls' who appeared to have lesbian tendencies:

  • Nadine (Karine Bach/Karen Lancaume), a tall, part-time prostitute
  • Manu (Raffaela Anderson), a smaller, lower class, underaged, unemployed porn star actress, immigrant

Its porno-style, animalistic sexuality (fellatio, ejaculation and penetration) included - in the first fifteen minutes - an explicit and brutal rape/sodomy scene in an abandoned underground parking garage (against Manu and a drug-addicted friend of hers), with a close-up insert shot of the violated vagina of the friend who was laid back on a table. Manu's friend struggled, screamed, and resisted (and was bloodily beaten), while Manu laid back on the floor acting very detached and accepted the violation from behind from the rapist - who soon became disinterested in her.

Rape of Manu's Friend (below)
Rape of Manu (Raffaela Anderson) (below)

Shortly later, the anarchic Manu shot her unsympathetic, abusive and contemptuous brother (Hacène Beddrouh) when he accused her of enjoying the rape. At around the same time, Nadine strangled her overbearing housemate during an argument and vicious fight.

Manu stole 10,000 francs from her brother's stash, and then watched as her drug-dealing friend in another town was brutally murdered. She kidnapped (or joined up with) Nadine when they had a chance meeting at a metro station. Manu forced her to drive them to Paris, as the two soon teamed up and told each other: "We'll follow our lucky star." They were tired of being pushed around by losers and low-lifes in their seedy, marginal neighborhood, so they decided to engage in a lucrative shooting spree and sexual romp across France.

Both Engaged in Indiscriminate Sex
Nadine Practicing Her Aim
Nadine Seducing A Male Pick-Up

They went on a randomly vengeful, remorseless, violent sex/murder spree on both men and women:

  • a robbery/murder at an ATM of a female customer
  • instances of indiscriminate sex
  • running-down a car owner as they stole his parked car
  • the killing of a gunstore clerk
  • the stomping and murder of a male pick-up after he received oral sex
  • the murder of a lewd guy in a street
  • the point-blank killing of two cops at a checkpoint
  • the extreme gun-shot murder of an architect after robbing his safe

They also sought violent sexual revenge in a climactic scene set in a swingers sex club where they assaulted and killed the patrons, including ordering a racist-spewing gay man to his knees and shooting his brains out with a pistol stuck in his rear - the screen turned bright red and froze after the gunshot.

The entire film predictably ended violently when Manu was shot and killed by an auto-parts tire shop owner. Nadine retaliated by angrily murdering the man by emptying her gun into him, and then took Manu's body to a forest and burned it. She drove to a lakeside in order to suicidally put a gun to her own head but was surrounded and arrested by police before she could kill herself.

Hooker Nadine (Karine Bach) with Client

Nadine's Strangulation of Housemate

Manu's Murder of Her Brother

Two Female Characters: "The Bad Girls" Dancing Together

The Murdered ATM Female Customer

The Aftermath of Man Stomped to Death in the Head


The Murderous Pair's Massacre in a Swingers' Club

Nadine's Suicide Attempt

Bedazzled (2000)

The Faust legend was remade in this satirical comic updating of the original 1967 Dudley Moore (Stanley Donen-directed film) by director Harold Ramis. Elizabeth Hurley played the part of the trashy, seductive vamp-temptress Devil ("the Princess of Darkness"), her character based upon Raquel Welch's brief role as one of the seven deadly sins - LUST - in the original.

She victimized the pathetic, socially-inept, and lonely dweeb Elliot Richards (Brendan Fraser) working in a San Francisco call-center after he wished to get closer to unattainable co-worker Alison Gardner (Frances O'Connor) ("I would do anything to have that girl in my life"). She offered him seven "utterly fabulous" wishes (with sneaky loopholes) in return for his "piddly little" soul journeying to Hell. She rhetorically asked:

"Souls are overrated. They don't really do anything. Has yours done anything for you so far?"

He wished for many things, such as wealth and power, emotional sensitivity, athleticism, intelligence, sexual endowment, and the President (Abraham Lincoln), all with complications.

Fortunately, his final wish was a self-less one, which voided his contract with Satan, and now self-realized, he found a new romance with a neighbor, Alison look-alike Nicole Delarusso (also Frances O'Connor).

In one scene in the Devil's throne room, Satan enjoyed having a slithery snake curl around her red-bikinied body in front of a painting of a nude and tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

The Devil
(Elizabeth Hurley)

Raquel Welch as Lust
in the 1967 film

Coyote Ugly (2000)

This PG-13 sexy Flashdance-like romantic comedy, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by David McNally, was a cross between Cocktail (1988) and Showgirls (1995).

In New Jersey, aspiring, blonde-haired 21 year-old songwriter/singer Violet Sanford (Piper Perabo), a waitress, found that she was desperate and broke, so she moved to NYC to work as a bump-and-grind, scantily-clad barmaid at a hot bar called Coyote Ugly - she was nicknamed "Jersey."

Violet with Kevin
Violet's Body Double

The film's major sex scene had a steamier version of the scene including nakedness from Perabo's body double, found in the unrated extended "adult-related content" version. During the love-making scene, Violet explained what nervous stagefright felt like in order to seduce charming young Australian chef Kevin O'Donnell (Adam Garcia) amidst full-sized stand-up cardboard cut-outs of famous celebrities (Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, etc.).

She deliberately made him nervous ("the only way I can show you is to make you really nervous") by playfully and slowly stripping down while talking about her racing heart and shaking body ("and everything gets a bit cloudy").

She also described how she sometimes lost control: "it's been known to last all night...it's excruciating!" She then proceeded to kiss him, wearing only her bluish-purple tanktop and thong panties as she removed his shirt, and before long was making love to him with more sensuous kisses and naked embraces.

Violet (Piper Perabo)
with Kevin

Cruel Intentions 2 (2000)

Cruel Intentions (1999) was followed by director Roger Kumble's direct-to-video prequel Cruel Intentions 2 (2000) (compiled from footage originally shot for a FOX-TV show (unaired and cancelled) to be called Manchester Prep), set at the private high school Manchester Prep.

The story of sexual gamesmanship among teens included a steamy shower scene in which twin sisters Annie and Alicia Sorell (as seniors Gretchen and Sarah) shared bathing with naked Sebastian Valmont (Robin Dunne). The two asked him how he liked the Manchester prep school and when he responded: "It's... unbelievably hard," they looked at his member and replied: "Wow! It certainly is. Rock-hard. Down boy."

When he asked if they were sisters, they replied that they were "more like kissing cousins" and then incestuously kissed each other. They also suggested that it was "slippery when wet" when Sebastian slipped and fell. The girls also added how "Manchester Prep's a virtual whorehouse. As the school motto goes, "if you don't snort it, suck it'," causing him to squirt shampoo from a squeezed plastic tube like an ejaculation. When they left, they said: "See you on campus," and then played "Ring toss" with his erection by tossing a washcloth at it and announcing: "Score!"

Twin Sisters in the Shower
(l to r): Gretchen (Annie Sorell), Sarah (Alicia Sorell)

In another sex-related sequence, Manchester Prep's good-girl Cherie Claymon (Keri Lynn Pratt) was tricked into experiencing an orgasm during a horse-riding lesson when told to move in the saddle "up and down, back and forth, faster, faster." After pleasurably orgasming, she fell to the ground and revealed after being asked if OK: "I never felt better."

[Note: It was followed by Scott Ziehl's straight-to-video sequel Cruel Intentions 3 (2004).]

Cherie Claymon
(Keri Lynn Pratt)

Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000)

Writer/director Michael Radford's ensemble film, a lesser version of Exotica (1994), examined the troubled lives of many of the exotic dancers in a suburban, San Fernando Valley California strip club named the Blue Iguana over the course of a week. Reportedly, Daryl Hannah and other co-stars researched their roles at various LA strip clubs, in particular Crazy Girls.

All of the six lead actresses appeared nude to some degree in the often incoherent, undeveloped film. The six major dysfunctional and troubled characters in the seemingly-improvised film included:

  • Jessie (Charlotte Ayanna, former 1993 Miss Teen USA), a barely-legal, flirtatious exotic stripper; the prettiest, youngest, and newest stripper; vulnerable, attention-seeking; aspiring singer; abused by rock guitarist boyfriend Charlie (Rodney Rowland)
  • Angel (Daryl Hannah), the top dancer at the club, vacuous, naive, blonde, spacey; tall and skinny, trying to find respectability and vainly attempted foster parenthood of an adopted child at an agency; infatuated by Russian hit-man Sacha (Vladimir Mashkov) in a motel near the club
  • Jo (Jennifer Tilly), volatile, hostile, feisty and angry; loud-mouthed and brash; leather-clad; dominatrix in off-hours with private clients; found herself with an unwanted pregnancy
  • Jasmine (Sandra Oh), passionate and obsessed with poetry; briefly found love interest with sensitive Dennis (Chris Hogan) at a poetry club
  • Stormy (Sheila Kelley), moody, brooding, depressed, and sneeringly cynical about life; reunited with long-lost brother Sully (Elias Koteas)
  • Nico (Kristin Bauer), buxom, aloof; not a permanent stripper at the Blue Iguana

Jessie was a newcomer to the profession trying out for a position, in the Blue Iguana club where the rules ("no drugs, no handjobs, no blowjobs, and no f--king") were usually ignored. An unwanted pregnancy, an attempt at foster parenthood of an adopted child, and aspirations to be a poet were come of the issues facing the strippers.

Other Stripper Characters of The Blue Iguana
Jo (Jennifer Tilly)
Jasmine (Sandra Oh)
Stormy (Sheila Kelley)
Nico (Kristin Bauer)

(Charlotte Ayanna)

(Daryl Hannah)

The Gift (2000)

Director Sam Raimi's mystery thriller was representative of films that became notorious because of the first-time nudity of one of their performers - this one featured Dawson's Creek's Katie Holmes (Tom Cruise's future wife at the time).

Her character was a spoiled, promiscuous sexpot named Jessica King - the sultry daughter of a prominent citizen, who was suddenly and mysteriously missing in a baffling case.

Unexpectedly, during a flashback, Jessica ripped off her shirt and bared her breasts before nice-guy Georgia school principal and fiancee Wayne Collins (Greg Kinnear).

As he questioned her: "Why would you do this to me?," she confessed to her affair with backwater resident and abusive husband Donnie Barksdale (Keanu Reeves).

When she retorted back: "Maybe I wanted to be with a man for a change," Wayne slapped her.

She responded by slapping back and pushing him:

"Watch your mouth! F--k you! We're through. I don't like being spied on. (She removed her ring) The only reason I'm with you is my daddy likes you."

He pushed her backward onto a car hood and strangled her, and then put her body in the misty swamp water. It was revealed in the twisting plot that Collins killed socialite Jessica in jealous retribution.

Jessica King
(Katie Holmes)

Ginger Snaps (2000, Canada)

Director John Fawcett's werewolf horror cult film was followed by both a sequel (Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed (2004)) and a direct-to-video prequel (Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning (2004)). Its tagline was: "They Don't Call It the Curse For Nothing." The film's theme tying together puberty with blood, sexual desire and metamorphic body changes (including possession and infection) harkened back to other films, such as Cat People (1942), Carrie (1976) and The Company of Wolves (1984).

It told about two morbid, late-developing teenaged sisters who were rebellious, death-obsessed, world-hating Goths and disdainful school outcasts in a suburban Ontario high school (in the town of Bailey Downs, a "safe and caring community"). They conducted staged deaths of their own demise for a school project (shown in the innovative title credits sequence as a series of Polaroids):

  • Ginger Fitzgerald (Katharine Isabelle), 16 years-old, red-haired, "the pretty one"
  • Brigitte Fitzgerald (Emily Perkins), 15 years-old, "the frumpy one"

When Ginger was attacked/bitten by a beastly lycanthrope ("The Beast of Bailey Downs") while walking through the woods, linked to the time of her first menstrual period ("the curse") and a full moon, she developed spiky tufts of body hair and a phallic-tail, feral teeth, cramps, a craving for flesh, and a foul temper. In a rest room, Brigitte spoke with her sister:

Brigitte: "Ging, what's going on? Something's wrong, like more than you being just female. Can you just say something, please?"
Ginger: "I can't have a hairy chest, B., that's f--ked."

The changes caused a major rift between Ginger and her sister, who had made a pact to never be "average" and to suicidally "go together" when puberty arrived. Ginger also became more sexually interested in previously-taboo males, and drew male wolf-whistles when she strutted (and bounced) down the school hallway. Sexually adventurous and hormonal, she was lustily aggressive during her loss of virginity to football player Jason McCarty (Jesse Moss) in the back seat of his car. He was shocked by her masculine-like behavior and told her to "take it easy...just lie back and relax" - but she retorted with the same line, declaring that she was "the guy here."

During sex, she "infected" him. After the blood-inducing date in which she delivered bite wounds to Jason, Ginger stated her view of predatory teenaged blood-lust sex to Brigitte, as she threw up into a toilet bowl: "I get this ache and I thought it was for sex, but it's to tear everything to f--king pieces." Not satisfied with only having sex with Jason, she had killed the neighbor's dog.

Ginger also killed a school janitor (Pat Kwong-Ho), because she suspiciously feared that he had been looking "inappropriately" at her sister. She disemboweled him with her hand, and then told her sister that she loved the blood, linking the violence to solitary masturbation:

"You like it. It feels so good. Brigitte, it's - it's like touching yourself, you know, every move right on the f--kin' dot. And after, you see f--kin' fireworks. Supernovas. I'm a god-damn force of nature. I feel like I could do just about anything. You know, we're almost not even related anymore."

Threatened, Brigitte argued back: "I'd rather be dead than be what you are."

The Monstrous Conclusion - The Killing of Ginger-Wolf by Sister Brigitte

The film concluded with Ginger transformed into a monstrous Ginger-Wolf engaging in a killing spree, including a threatening showdown with her sister, who up until this point had attempted to rescue Ginger from her animalistic urges. Brigitte felt she no longer had a bond with her sister - she had a choice to either cure her sister with a syringe of "werewolf antidote" or to kill her with a knife, and chose the latter ("I'm not dying in this room with you"). She was intimately close to Ginger-Wolf, hugging her when she exhaled her last breath.

Staged Death

(Katharine Isabelle)

Gitano (2000, Sp.) (aka Gypsy)

This neo-noir film, a tale of crime and passion from co-writer/director Manuel Palacios was notorious for its very realistic love-making scene between the two main performers:

  • Lucía Junco (beautiful French model Laetitia Casta, inferior as an actress, as this was her second acting role, but a gorgeous supermodel), wife of Andres
  • Andres Heredia (Spanish flamenco dancer Joaquin Cortes in his first dramatic role), a musician, and a social outcast newly released from prison after being wrongfully convicted

Lucia Junco
(Laetitia Casta)

Heavy Metal 2000 (2000) (aka Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. (Federation Assigned Ketogenic Killzone))

This futuristic animated sequel to the 1981 film was another "guilty pleasure" - an exploitative pop-cult film of sci-fi/erotica episodic fantasy stories accompanied by heavy metal hard rock. The likeness of Queen of the B-movies Julie Strain was incorporated into the cartoon and into its video-game sequel Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.2.

The 'adult' underground cartoon with graphic, teen-oriented depictions of drugs, taboo-breaking sex, nude women (with large breasts), fantasy sword-and-scorcery, and gory violence featured buxom scream queen B-movie actress and ex-Penthouse Pet Julie Strain (Eastman) as the voice of Julie, and Sonja Ball as the voice of her sexy sister Kerrie (introduced in a gratuitous nude shower scene), with even more animated sexual signifiers (phallic shaped and vaginal iconography, intercourse, etc.).

There was, of course, female warrior Julie's revealing armored costume - a skimpy red thong with a breast-baring top. One of the more sexually-explicit scenes was one involving a robotic, cyber-sex slave doll (voice of Elizabeth Robertson), tauted by its handler:

"We're talking high-grade silicone rubber flesh here, and a PVC skeleton with plastic ball-and socket joints for optimum movement. You can customize her with a choice of seven synthetic hair dyes and optional entry ports with four-speed suction...Check this out. She's loaded with the latest microsensor, orgasmatronic technology and an expandable vocabulary of over 200 dirty words. Test results indicate that she's better than the real thing."

The robot asked its male customer with a sexy voice: "Please select your sexual preference: vaginal, anal, oral, other." The film also included a scene in an alien nudie bar, where patrons enjoyed a six-breasted (3 pairs) stripper/dancer.

The Real Julie Strain

(voice of Sonja Ball)

(voice of Julie Strain)

6-Breasted Stripper

High Fidelity (2000)

Stephen Frears' witty romantic comedy was based upon Nick Hornby's 1995 British novel of the same name, although the setting of the film was in midwestern Chicago. The film became immensely popular due to its ranking of important life-events like a hit-parade list.

It told of 30-something, commitment-phobic Chicago LP music store (Championship Vinyl) operator Rob Gordon (John Cusack), who was a walking encyclopedia of music knowledge, as well as a dance nightclub DJ, but suffering from a disastrous love-life.

He was dumped by his live-in girlfriend/lawyer Laura (Iben Hjejle) of several years. He bitterly announced that Laura didn't make the list of his all-time top-five breakups. Speaking directly into the camera about his bittersweet romantic life, Rob named his top five, each break-up accompanied by a vignette and flashback throughout much of the film:

  • Alison Ashmore (Shannon Stillo), junior high-school sweetheart
  • Penny Hardwick (Joelle Carter), high school girlfriend
  • Charlie Nicholson (Catherine Zeta-Jones), sophomore year in college
  • Sarah (Lili Taylor)

Ultimately, Rob decided that Laura qualified as breakup # 5. He was shown - while lying sleepless in his empty bed - enduring an exaggerated fantasy nightmare of Laura having gasping-and-moaning sex with long-haired, pompous, New Agey former neighbor Ian 'Ray' Raymond (Tim Robbins) upstairs on a creaky bed in a red satin-lined boudoir, as he muttered:

"You are as abandoned and noisy as any character in a porn film, Laura. You are Ian's plaything, responding to his touch with shrieks of orgasmic delight. No woman in the history of the world is having better sex than the sex you are having with Ian in my head."

Fantasy Nightmare:
Laura (Iben Hjejle) with
Ray (Tim Robbins)

Hollow Man (2000)

This creepy science-fiction horror thriller by Paul Verhoeven, a derivative of H.G. Wells' classic The Invisible Man, was followed by a direct-to-video sequel, Hollow Man II (2006) with Christian Slater.

In this first film nominated for a Best Visual Effects Oscar, brilliant scientist Dr. Sebastian Caine (Kevin Bacon) tested an invisibility serum on himself - with deviant consequences.

The 'hollow man' was tempted when he spied upon his pretty neighbor (Rhona Mitra), seen topless from an adjacent apartment. While she took a shower, he rang her doorbell but when she came to the door and viewed through the peephole, no one was there at her door. When it rang again three times, she opened the door and unwittingly let the invisible intruder in.

She was further watched at her dressing table as she rubbed cream into her skin and combed her hair - spooked by her moving mirror, she was then attacked and thrown on the bed, where she was presumably invisibly raped by the unseen assailant.

Sebastian's Neighbor
(Rhona Mitra)

In the Mood for Love (2000, HK) (aka Fa yeung nin wa)

Writer/director Kar Wai Wong's romantic and evocative drama of sexual longing, unrequited love and lack of fulfillment - backed by a hypnotic, sad violin-tinged soundtrack with moody Nat King Cole songs - was one of the sexiest films ever made, without any overt sex in it.

The melodramatic foreign film opened with an intriguing quote:

It is a restless moment. She has kept her head lowered to give him a chance to come closer. But he could not, for lack of courage. She turns and walks away.

It told about two very proper neighbors in an overcrowded Hong Kong walk-up apartment building in 1962, who shared the same Mah-jong playing landlady, Mrs. Suen (Rebecca Pan):

  • Mo-wan Chow (Tony Leung), a news writer or reporter, who was composing a martial arts serial for the newspaper
  • Su Li-zhen Chan (Maggie Cheung), a shipping company executive's secretary; very strait-laced, always exquisitely dressed in tight-fitting silk floral dresses with beautifully coiffed hair

After some chance meetings in the cramped stairwell and hallways, both began to suspect that their respective marital partners were unfaithful, especially when Mrs. Chan mentioned: "You notice things if you pay attention." Oftentimes, both of their spouses would be away from home at the same time. To make the premise more pronounced, neither of the spouses appeared on-screen (only their voices or backs were shown). In the process of keeping each other company, sharing a meal, overcoming loneliness, and supporting each other, the two fell in love while remaining completely chaste. They were even non-sexual when on one occasion, Mrs. Chan was trapped inside Chow's bedroom and had to remain hidden for an entire overnight.

In several scenes, they play-rehearsed, practiced and recreated imaginary scenarios, such as asking their spouses if they were cheating ("Do you have a mistress?"). They also practiced breaking up with each other. All the while, the two painfully retained their nobility, decorum, repressed emotions and sublimated sexual desire by remaining platonic ("We won't be like them"). Their reticence to fullfill their sexual longings elevated their love to a higher level, although their passivity and formality approached the level of unintended avoidance.

In the conclusion set in 1966, Chow had moved to Cambodia, where he desperately tried to forget his past. As he had described earlier ("They went up a mountain, found a tree, carved a hole in it, and whispered the secret into the hole. Then they covered it with mud. And leave the secret there forever"), he went to the Buddhist temple at Angkor Wat, found a crevice in the rock carving, spoke into it, and then tried to eliminate his past memories by covering the hole with mud.

This caption ended the sad film:

He remembers those vanished years. As though looking through a dusty window pane, the past is something he could see, but not touch. And everything he sees is blurred and indistinct.

Chow (Tony Leung) with
Mrs. Chan (Maggie Cheung)

Le Libertin (2000, Fr.) (aka The Libertine)

Writer/director Gabriel Aghion's bawdy, colorful costume drama-comedy was set in 18th century France when the publication and distribution of Enlightenment philosopher/sensualist Denis Diderot's multi-volume Encyclopaedia (the first) was banned by conservative church and state forces.

The film farce portrayed a day in the life of the decadent Denis Diderot (Vincent Perez), while he was at the country estate of Baron d'Holbach (Francoise Lalande) and his wife Baronne d'Holbach (Josiane Balasko) and pretty daughter Angélique (Vahina Giocante).

Scenes included rampant sex and gratuitous nudity, hedonism, crude innuendo and perversion (oral sex, gay threesomes, lesbian couplings and mute African eunuchs). Diderot posed nude when his portrait was being painted by beautiful and flirtatious 'spy' Madame Therbouche (Fanny Ardant) from Berlin, during which he experienced an erection, and chased (full-frontal) around the grounds after his wife Antoinette Diderot (Francoise Lepine).

Among other things, the film displayed a scene of Amelie's Audrey Tautou (as Julie d'Holbach) and Angelique playfully naked in a Turkish bath of milk.

The Bathing Scene:
Julie (Audrey Tatou) and Angelique (Vahina Giocante)

Denis Diderot
(Vincent Perez)

Love & Basketball (2000)

Writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood's romantic drama (organized as four quarters of a basketball game) told of the 13-year relationship/romance between two childhood neighbors/rivals growing up in early 1980s Los Angeles:

  • Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan, Kyla Pratt as child), tomboyish
  • Quincy McCall (Omar Epps, Glenndon Chatman as child), popular, handsome and naturally-talented

They were both aspiring basketball stars, who were competitive both on the court and in affairs of the heart. At their high school prom which they attended with different dates, he told her: "You don't look half bad," and they continued to make eyes at each other during a slow dance.

Later that night when he kissed her on the ground outside her nearby-bedroom window (to congratulate her for receiving an acceptance letter into USC), they decided to make love for the first time (an honest sex scene in which he paused to put on a condom) although she mostly concealed her breasts with her hands throughout the scene.

Afterwards, they continued to play basketball at USC, and in the film's sexiest scene (in "The Third Quarter" in the late 80s), they challenged each other to an indoor, one-on-one, strip game of nerf-basketball in his dorm room ("I score, you strip. You score, I drop something"). During the game ("All's fair in love and basketball, baby"), they both talked trash at each other (i.e. "Kiss my black ass") and he accidentally grabbed at her black sports bra. When Monica won and they kissed, he told her: "I wanted you to."

After growing apart and becoming star players, in the predictable finale (in "The Fourth Quarter" in 1993), the estranged couple played another late-night one-on-one ("I'll play you... One game, one-on-one" for his "heart") - the stakes were marriage to her or to Quincy's fiancée Kyra Kessler (Tyra Banks). Although Quincy won the game, he proposed "Double or nothin'" to choose her anyway - after which they kissed and embraced.

In the film's conclusion, they were married with a young daughter.

Quincy (Omar Epps) with Monica (Sanaa Lathan)

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