Sex and Death 101

February 22nd, 2008


Sex and Death 101

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A guy's life is turned around by an email, which includes the names of everyone he's had sex with and ever will have sex with. His situation gets worse when he encounters a femme fatale (Ryder) who targets men guilty of sex crime.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 6.1/10 (6,234 voted)

Critic's Score: 24/100

Director: Daniel Waters

Stars: Robert Wisdom, Tanc Sade, Patton Oswalt

Just before he's to marry Fiona, Roderick Blank receives an anonymous e-mail with 101 names on it; Fiona's is the 29th, the first 28 are women Rod has slept with, and the 30th turns out to be the stripper at his bachelor party. The notion that he will have sex with 70 more people sends Rod into crisis mode, especially after three odd men in an aseptic office confirm that a celestial machine has made an error. They suggest destroying the list, but Rod finds that easier said than done. Working his way through it consumes him, plus he realizes that death may await him after #101. Meanwhile, a femme fatale nicknamed Death Nell is putting men into a coma. Are they fated to meet?

Robert Wisdom - Alpha
Tanc Sade - Beta
Patton Oswalt - Fred
Simon Baker - Roderick Blank
Mindy Cohn - Trixie
Winona Ryder - Death Nell / Gillian De Raisx (#101)
Keram Malicki-Sánchez - Master Bitchslap
Julie Bowen - Fiona Wormwood (#29)
Neil Flynn - Zack
Corinne Reilly - Lizzie
Cindy Pickett - Roderick's Mother
Thom Bishops - Malcolm
Winter Ave Zoli - Alexis De Large (#37)
Dash Mihok - Lester
Bryan Okes - Buzzkilling Bodyguard (as Bryan Okes Fuller)

Taglines: One Man. One List. 101 Women. Some Fantasies Are Too True to Be Good.


Official Website: Starz Entertainment, LLC [United States] |

Release Date: 22 February 2008

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $23,563 (USA) (27 April 2008)

Technical Specs

Runtime: Germany: (European Film Market)  | USA:  | USA: (Starz)

Did You Know?

The list of lovers also includes Selena Kyle (Catwoman's real name), Kitty Twist (Jane Fonda's role in "Walk on the Wild Side"), Barbarella Pygar (formed from Fonda's "Barbarella" character and its blind angel Pygar), Candace Christian (the full name of the title character of the 1968 sex romp "Candy"), Annabelle Lee (the title of an Edgar Allan Poe poem), Carlotta Valdes (a character in "Vertigo"), and Gillian De Raisx (a modification of the 15th-century aristocratic French serial killer Gilles De Rais).

Factual errors: The school bus driver's nametag has a commonly misspelled word: "Your" instead of "You're".

Gillian: My wounds are deeper than your desires.

User Review

Kind of intriguing, but too much of everything

Rating: 6/10

"Sex and Death 101" tries to be so many things at the same: a romantic flick, a dark comedy, a mystery-drama and a highly philosophical movie in the vein of "Matrix" (even including a white room where existential questions are discussed). Well, as I've said in the headline, the movie definitely does have its intriguing moments and there are quite a few meaningful lines in the script.

However, "Sex and Death 101" is too volatile to really be successful in any of the genres it touches. The story takes a thousand twists and turns. It's too cynical to be romantic, too shallow to be profound and too erratic to blow your mind. Characters are introduced and forgotten about in 10 minute-intervals and all of the main characters' friends just kind of disappear at the end, when Winona Ryder's character finally comes into the picture. Make no mistake, Ryder doesn't play a huge role in the whole movie. Her character seems awfully constructed and forced into the script. When the whole story is finally resolved it doesn't really make sense and leaves you totally uncertain of what the hell it was you just saw.

"Sex and Death 101" isn't the worst movie you could rent, but it's certainly pretty strange. I don't even know whom to recommend this to. Fans of Winona Ryder will not be happy with the little amount of screen time she gets. Friends of romcoms will find fault with both, the amount of rom and of com in this. To enjoy "Sex and Death 101" you probably just have to accept the fact that you don't know what you're gonna get. And, hey, that's kind of what the movie is about, too, I guess.


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