The Opposite of Sex

May 22nd, 1998


The Opposite of Sex

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Still of Lisa Kudrow and Martin Donovan in The Opposite of Sex

A 16-year-old girl visits her gay half-brother and ends up seducing his boyfriend, thus wreaking havoc on all of their lives.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 6.5/10 (13,911 voted)

Critic's Score: 70/100

Director: Don Roos

Stars: Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan, Lisa Kudrow

A 16 year old Louisiana girl moves in with her homosexual half-brother and immediately starts coming on to his sexual partner, finally forcing him into an affair in which she becomes pregnant. The whole affair blows into a scandal exposing her school teacher brother and the true parent of the child is called into question as it is revealed that there have been a series of lovers.

Christina Ricci - Dede Truitt
Martin Donovan - Bill Truitt
Lisa Kudrow - Lucia DeLury
Lyle Lovett - Sheriff Carl Tippett
Johnny Galecki - Jason Bock
William Lee Scott - Randy 'One Ball' Cates
Ivan Sergei - Matt Mateo
Megan Blake - Bobette
Colin Ferguson - Tom DeLury
Dan Bucatinsky - Timothy
Chauncey Leopardi - Joe
Rodney Eastman - Ty
Heather Fairfield - Jennifer Oakes
Amy Atkins - TV Reporter
Leslie Grossman - Girl Student

Taglines: You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be offended


Official Website: Sony Classics |

Release Date: 22 May 1998

Filming Locations: Big Bear Lake, Big Bear Valley, San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $102,385 (USA) (25 May 1998) (5 Screens)

Gross: $6,115,267 (USA) (27 September 1998)

Technical Specs


Revealing mistakes: When Randy knocks Dede against a "stone wall", they give way because they're made of some kind of foam.

[Refusing heterosexual sex with Dedee]
Matt Mateo: I've never tried communism, but I know I wouldn't like that. It's the same thing. Or grits.

User Review

One of the best films in years

Rating: 10/10

I absolutely love this film. Christina Ricci is perfectly cast and gives a great performance as a 16 year old who tries to manipulate and bully all of the other characters into bowing to her sick and twisted view of the world. While Ricci's character is not immediately likable she is somehow compelling and is effecting in driving the film. Ricci's character does and says hateful things throughout the movie but the film is successful in maintaining it's own view on these topics without squelching her characters voice. Hopefully what we see through her character is that despite the hateful things people do, there are real human beings behind these actions. I ended up liking the character for her survive at any cost mentality and her resolve.

The movie is hilariously funny and at times touching. Lisa Kudro turns in another great performance as a lonely single girl who is pining for the affections of Ricci's gay half brother. The humor is not of the joke a minute or slapstick variety but grows out of the situations and relationships between compelling characters.

The writing and directing are also superb. I especially liked scenes where the director showed how easily we can be manipulated by mood and music as well as the points that we show in a character's life. Ricci's narration is biting, wicked, clever, bitchy and witty. I can see however, how one could be offended and turned off by it. But the narration is not for shock effect but rather to frame the main character.

I wouldn't change a frame or a line in this film. It's funny, intelligent and warm in a strange sort of way. A definite must see.


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