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The Opposite of Sex

Dedee (Christina Ricci) narrates chunks of this semicomedy about her exploitation of her half brother (Martin Donovan), his boyfriend (Ivan Sergei), and anybody else who gets in her way. But long stretches of the story are about the half brother's dead boyfriend's sister (Lisa Kudrow), who's in love with a gay man and can't be bothered with a divorcĂ© (Lyle Lovett) who's got a thing for her. Lovett's the sheriff of the Indiana town where Ricci's come to play opportunist in skimpy outfits, and it's lucky he's around, because she instigates plenty of campy criminal activity—something no hip feature should be without. This 1998 movie is essentially a compilation of things-aren't-what-they-seem games played on the viewer; all its little tricks, including Ricci's snide and smart-alecky voice-overs about movie conventions, are really old—except one. But it's not worth the wait. Written and directed by Don Roos.

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