Picks and Pans Review: Better Than Sex
Emotional involvement. That's the answer to the question, "What can possibly be better than sex?" posed by the provocative title of this slight but beguiling romantic comedy from Australia. There's sheet scraping aplenty in Better Than Sex, but the real workout involves the gyrations that a couple put their heads and hearts through trying to go beyond the physical.
Sex comes easily for Josh (Wenham), a photographer, and Cin (Porter), a dress designer, but they grow skittish when an intended one-night stand at her Sydney loft turns into something more. As he puts it, "It starts off as a sex thing, and then suddenly there's an emotional energy you can't control." Wenham and Porter are tremendously appealing here, he a sort of suave dork, she a cynic easily bruised. Writer-director Jonathan Teplitzky, who's making his movie debut, has spent years shooting ads and music videos and it shows: The low-budget Sex has plenty of zip but is also rather facile. (R)
Bottom Line: Here's to good Sex