Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)

Woody Allen takes on the infamous book by Dr. David Reuben in a series of seven shorts. One wonders what kind of a job Monty Python would have done with this, considering I just saw The Meaning of Life. And just like that film, some of the sketches work: Woody Allen as the anxious sperm, Gene Wilder as.. well, see that one for yourself to believe it; and some of them don’t work. Like many of Woody Allen’s early movies (Bananas, Sleeper), the story telling gets in the way of the jokes. And when you have 10 minute shorts, you can’t afford too much of that. All in all, though, worth a watch for those moments of sheer genius.


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