A Little Sex (1982) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski) and Tuna

Scoop's comments in white:

You ever wonder why you never heard of Gwyneth Paltrow's dad? It's because this movie was the summit of his theatrical directing career in the 20th century. In fact, this was the one and only theatrical feature he directed in that century. He did this in 1982, and it was a bomb of sufficient nuclear force to assure that he'd not work on feature films again until his daughter became a star. He had a long wait. It was 18 years later when he directed Gwyneth in Duets. He never directed again after Duets, and died two years later, aged only 58.

A Little Sex is a dismal flop of a romantic comedy, neither romantic nor comedic. The characters get married, but the husband is one of those guys with satyriasis, and just can't stay faithful, even though his wife is the love of his life. She catches him, they separate ... you can figure out the rest. No surprises.

The romance is between Tim Matheson and Kate Capshaw, who didn't seem to like each other very much. Who could blame them? I didn't like  either of their characters, and they won't soon be mistaken for "Ken and Em" in the acting department. Capshaw almost single-handedly sabotaged the Indiana Jones series, while Matheson's film successes pretty much began and ended with Animal House.

(TRIVIA: did you know that a teenaged Tim Matheson was the voice of Jonny Quest?)

The woeful casting of these two was a rare misfire for the legendary casting director Howard Feuer, who has done some of the best casting in motion picture history. For example, he was the casting director for Silence of the Lambs, Basic Instinct, and Groundhog Day, three movies with spot-on characterizations which have deservedly become part of screen lore. There were many, many more successes in his career, and very few failures, so you have to figure there's probably a great story behind his choices in this movie, but I don't know what that story is.

Weak film. Even the nude scene is a rip-off. See the Nudity Report.


  • Kate Capshaw shows her bum clearly.
  • She and Matheson filmed a love scene in which Capshaw was topless, but it was blurred and obscured by digital candles.
  • Carolyn Perry shows full frontal as the neighbor who vacuums nude in front of an open window.
Tuna's comments in yellow:

DVD info from Amazon

  • Widescreen anamorphic 1.35:1.

A Little Sex (1982) is a romantic comedy starring Tim Matheson as a man who can't say no to a woman, and attracts most of them, and Kate Capshaw as the girl he lives with, and decides to marry. The question is, can he develop some willpower? Matheson's brother is used for exposition, as Matheson confides in him. He goes through a period where he resist every opportunity, but there seems to be nothing but attractive, willing women in his world. He convinces himself that not cheating is putting a strain on the marriage. Then he gets caught, and Capshaw leaves. Only then does he realize what he may have lost.

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The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by genre fans, while C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-.

Based on this description, Scoop says, "this film is an E. It looks beautiful. Most scenes were shot in and around Central Park. That is the one redeeming virtue that I could see.". Tuna says, "This is light entertainment, and gets kind of corny, but is full of attractive women, and Capshaw's character is lovable. C-."

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