unfaithful.jpgPeople are talking about Anne Thompson's Hollywood Reporter editorial on the state of sex in movies. Contemporary pictures that take sex seriously, says Thompson, don't and can't do well with American audiences. Her reasoning? Americans are puritans who prefer to consume sexual content in the privacy of their own homes (thus explaining the popularity of both Sex in the City and on-demand porn) but get "itchy" about the experience of "sharing" sex with strangers at the multiplex. Only over-the-top, absurd or surrealistic sexual content, such as in the service of a broad comedy or a psychological thriller, can do well these days; Thompson cites There's Something About Mary and Unfaithful as examples.

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