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Female Perversions

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Female Perversions

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Amy Madigan, Tilda Swinton
director:
Susan Steitfeld
genre:
Erotic, Drama

We gave it a C

This feminist tract in designer clothing would be a whole lot more successful (it barely made a ripple in theaters last April) if Barbara Kruger-esque maxims (”In a perversion there is no freedom, only a rigid conformity to a gender stereotype”) didn’t keep intruding on an otherwise titillating look at the life of a ballsy attorney.

Female Perversions would have us believe that Swinton’s Eve is laboring under the yoke of societal repression when all we see is a gorgeous trial lawyer spending her days nailing white-collar criminals and her nights having hot sex with men (Clancy Brown) and women (Karen Sillas). If we’ve learned anything from sexual-harassment scandals — Kathleen Willey’s post-60 Minutes credibility problem the latest case in point — it’s avoid sending mixed signals. C

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