The Opposite Sex | Film review - Sex comedy's sleazy hero shoots himself in the foot

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A womanising, alpha male divorce lawyer (Geoff Stults) more than meets his match in The Opposite Sex when he challenges a beautiful new acquaintance (Mena Suvari) to a series of bets – each one of which lands him in embarrassing disaster.

This would-be romantic sex comedy by co-directors (and co-stars) Jennifer Finnigan and Jonathan Silverman also shoots itself in the foot by initially portraying its hero as a charmless sleazebag and then expecting us to root for him to get together with Suvari’s understandably wary heroine. And the film’s boorish running gag in which a bunch of male friends imagine having sex with John Travolta and Megan Fox is equally distasteful and annoying.

Certificate 15. Runtime 93 mins. Directors Jennifer Finnigan, Jonathan Silverman

The Opposite Sex is showing tonight on Sky Movies Premiere at 2.15am.

Jason Best

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.