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With: Parker Posey, Paul Rudd, Danny DeVito, Mischa Barton, Miranda Bailey, Keith David, Liza Minnelli, Tim Russ, Heather Graham, Robert John Burke
Written by: Adam Wierzbianski, from a story by Billy Kent and Sarah Bird
Directed by: Billy Kent
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 88
Date: 03/30/2006

The Oh in Ohio (2006)

3 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This comedy about a frigid wife and the beleaguered husband unable to satisfy her looks like it will probably go the way of all other Hollywood comedies. But director Billy Kent and screenwriter Adam Wierzbianski manage a fresh angle, as well as a consistent stream of laughs. Science teacher Jack (Paul Rudd) once nabbed the prettiest girl in Cleveland, Priscilla (Parker Posey), but in ten years of marriage has yet to bring her to orgasm. And it's not for lack of trying; as a scientist, he understands the female anatomy better than most men. Reaching a breaking point, the couple splits. Jack begins dating a sexy student, Kristen (Mischa Barton), who vows to bring Jack back to his former glory. Priscilla, meanwhile, goes on an odyssey of sexual discovery, trying sex toys and a variety of partners, before settling on Wayne, the pool guy (Danny DeVito), whose TV commercials she loves. Kent directs with clean, precise strokes and with little of the desperation associated with most American comedies. He has a matter-of-fact attitude toward sex and only tumbles once or twice into nervous slapstick (think Meg Ryan's famous When Harry Met Sally... scene). Additionally, Kent allows his performers time to fully form their jokes. Posey has one great moment in which she selects a dildo. Her eyes dart from model to model, continually returning to the largest one, and each time her eyes rest longer and longer on it. This is the best she's ever been, and she deserves some long-overdue accolades. Heather Graham has a delightful, uncredited role as the sex shop owner.

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