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Plot, Details & Awards

The Opposite of Sex

Rated R for strong language and sex related dialogue and sexuality.

R In Theaters 05/22/1998 , 120min.
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Plot & Details

Screenwriter Don Roos made his directorial debut with this oddball sex comedy. The tale is narrated by 16-year-old Louisiana tramp Dedee Truitt (Christina Ricci), who buries her stepfather and then heads for Indiana to visit her homosexual half-brother Bill (Martin Donovan). Recovering from the AIDS death of longtime companion Tom, schoolteacher Bill has linked up with a new partner, handsome Matt (Ivan Sergei). After Dedee seduces Matt and claims she's pregnant by him, the couple steals $10,000 from Bill's safety deposit box and heads for L.A. Alarmed by Matt's seeming disappearance and hoping to blackmail Bill into disclosing Matt's whereabouts, Bill's former student (also Matt's former beau) Jason (Johnny Galecki) accuses Bill of molestation four years previous, a charge that jeopardizes Bill's job as a schoolteacher. To clear his name, Bill, and Tom's sister Lucia (Lisa Kudrow), leave for L.A. to locate Matt and Dedee. Lucia is a repressed old maid who flinches from even the thought of sex, but even so, weird Sheriff Tippett (Lyle Lovett) takes a fancy to her. Meanwhile, questions are raised about the true father of Dedee's baby, and the film comes to a climax with a shooting, a cross-county chase, and the inevitable showdown between the quirky characters. Shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actress Lisa Kudrow Nominated
1998 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature Don Roos Won
1998 Independent Spirit Awards Best Actress Christina Ricci Nominated
1998 Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Don Roos Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Christina Ricci Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 New York Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Lisa Kudrow Won

Toronto Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 Toronto Film Critics Association Best Actress - Runner-up Christina Ricci Won

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