Our Rating: ★★★½☆
L Factor: Major lesbian content
Short Take: A man convinces his wife to join him in a threesome and then regrets how much she enjoys sex with women.
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Year: 1999
Duration: 97 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: R
Director: Mike Binder
Writer: Mike Binder
Starring: Mariel Hemingway, Mike Binder, Renee Humphrey, Taylor Nichols, Missy Crider, Christopher Lawford, Joanna Heimbold, Kevin Pollak, Stephen Baldwin, Anita Barone, Kara Zediker, Marisol Nichols, Holland Taylor, Melissa Denton, Noah Stone

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I think most of us get tired of hearing about the male fantasy of two women in bed together, as long as he can join in. The Sex Monster throws this fantasy on its ear when a man begs his wife to have a ménage-a-troix with another woman. She is very reluctant but ends up enjoying it way too much for his comfort.

Writer/director Mike Binder also plays Marty, a guy who is happily married to Laura (Mariel Hemingway, Personal Best, In Her Line of Fire, Manhattan). She seems to be satisfied with their sex life, but with little to say about it, while he wants to bring in the element of another woman. He keeps working on her to say yes, telling her that she will be a natural, since she has a kind of home court advantage.

Finally when he meets Laura’s bisexual coworker Didi (Renée Humphrey, Fun), he convinces them both to go along with his plan. After some drinks, a very nervous Laura joins Marty and Didi in bed. But soon Marty is exhausted, and Laura and Didi go at it all night long.

In fact, Laura and Didi then go at it the next night, and then Laura sets her sights on more women without Marty around. She seduces Marty’s secretary (Melissa Lahlitah Crider, Mulholland Dr.) and his business partner’s wife (Joanna Heimbold). What finally puts him over the edge is when she sleeps with his sister (Kara Zediker).

Laura blames Marty. He is the one who forced her to “open the dam,” and now she just can’t get enough of sex with women! It’s a funny, sex farce with some good laughs, but we were asking out loud, how is this going to end well for anyone involved?

And here is where the movie starts going downhill. Laura was happy in their marriage, but did something completely for him. Then she was no longer the wife who did everything her husband wanted of her, and Marty wasn’t at all happy with that. He wanted his devoted wife back, as if none of this had happened. So Marty convinces Laura to flip a switch, forget women completely, and go back to their life as it was before. So that is what she does. What?

Unfortunately, the last quarter of the film is very unsatisfying and makes little sense. The message is “be careful what you wish for” – and Marty does end up losing friends and business partners over what he initiated – but his personal life is too easily is unaffected. (AB)