Let's Talk About Sex

on September 11, 1998 by Pat Kramer
   Presented as a pseudo-documentary, "Let's Talk About Sex" offers a revealing look at the secret sexual desires and dislikes of Miami's "woman on the street," as dozens of females voice their most intensely personal feelings. These interviews are actually the subplot of "Let's Talk About Sex," in which director/writer/star Troy Beyer plays Jazz, a newspaper advice columnist who must make an attention-getting demo tape about sex to land her own TV show. In the process of interviewing her subjects, a secondary plot begins to unfold in which we learn of the romantic tribulations our protagonist and her friends have endured: The lighthearted Jazz has just recently broken off plans for marriage; Lena (Randi Ingerman), an exotic beauty, tires of sex without meaning; and the headstrong Michelle (Paget Brewster) discovers that her "love 'em and leave 'em" strategy now feels hopelessly empty and superficial. When disaster strikes later in the film, the three find strength in each other.
   Filmed in just 18 days, this low-budget film makes no apologies for its rough quality, which utilizes shaky video shots for a large portion of the film. The presentation is sometimes choppy, and its attempts at using flashbacks don't succeed well in enhancing the storytelling. But overall, the story is well-written and expressive, often funny and sometimes emotionally stirring. Like a good cup of coffee, this docu/feature leaves a strong impression which lasts long after the film ends.    Starring Troy Beyer, Paget Brewster and Randi Ingerman. Written and directed by Troy Beyer. Produced by Deborah Ridpath. A Fine Line release. Comedy/drama. Rated R for explicit sex-related dialogue throughout, some sex scenes, nudity, language and drug content. Running time: 85 min.
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