Cinema: Modern Romance

Two births, two deaths, five affairs: The Opposite of Sex adds up to a wickedly delightful comedy

This is a declaration of love: The Opposite of Sex is the smartest, edgiest, most human and handsomely acted romantic comedy in elephant years. It's got enough plot, in 100 spiky minutes, for an entire season of Melrose Place (if that show were totally weird and funny). It has two births, two deaths, five sexual affairs and no special effects. Writer-director Don Roos' film also has a gnarled wisdom about modern romance, straight and gay, that makes it a road-movie Chasing Amy, a Heathers for the whole postnuclear family.

The film offers seven characters in search of a spanking. The main...

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