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With: Julian Sands, Saffron Burrows, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Stefano Dionisi, Kelly Macdonald
Written by: Mike Figgis
Directed by: Mike Figgis
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual images, pervasive nudity, violence and language
Running Time: 101
Date: 04/29/1999

The Loss of Sexual Innocence (1999)

1 Star (out of 4)

Point Wank

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

According to writer/director Mike Figgis (One Night Stand) sexual innocence wasn't that great to begin with, and once it's gone is even worse. This supposedly controversial movie is not offensive. It's just truly awful -- an adolescent's idea of deep thinking, with scenes of "Adam and Eve" juxtaposed with the story of a shallow moviemaker (Julian Sands) who sleeps with everybody. Figgis throws in dream sequences stolen from David Lynch, twins stolen from Kryzsytof Kieslowski, and a shaky camera and gritty look stolen from just about everyone. If you want "brave," you'll have to look somewhere else. The worst film of 1999.

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