Picks and Pans Review: Casual Sex?

updated 05/09/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/09/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Here's an unusual film in this male-dominated industry: a movie for women, about women, made almost entirely by women. So do we get some fresh insight and humor about relationships in the AIDS era? Noooooo! We get the same sexism men have been guilty of for ages, in reverse. Every man in this movie, except one, is a moron, as if someone decided to hand a loaded gun to male chauvinists. Before she does that, though, director Genevieve Robert—Ivan (Ghostbusters) Reitman's wife directing her first feature—shoots herself in the foot. The movie, adapted by Wendy Goldman and Judy Toll from their 1985 play, casts Lea (Back to the Future) Thompson and Victoria (Saturday Night Live) Jackson as best friends. They start out talking directly to the audience about their sexual pasts. "It was the early '80s," Thompson says, "and sex was still a good way to meet new people." But the AIDS scare has left Thompson celibate. Jackson's never had luck with men anyway. So what do they do? They go to a Club Med-type spa in California to find Mr. Right. Only the "Vin Man," a beast from the East named Vinny and played as a macho send-up by comic Andrew Dice Clay, lightens up the proceedings. Finally, it's suggested that marriage will solve almost anything. But what are the filmmakers implying when Thompson marries the only man she isn't attracted to? They don't live happily ever after the way they used to, that's for sure. (R)

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