August 18, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Tall Guy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
92 minutes
performer
Jeff Goldblum, Rowan Atkinson, Emma Thompson
director
Mel Smith
distributor
Miramax
author
Richard Curtis
genre
Romance, Comedy

Embarrassing sex in ”The Tall Guy”

THE CHARACTERS Dexter King (Jeff Goldblum, right), an American stage actor in London, and Kate Lemmon (Emma Thompson, left), a no-nonsense nurse

THE SCENE Dexter and Kate’s first date ends with what may be the most painful-looking sex scene ever filmed, a room-destroying romp that involves the acrobatic lovers crashing into every available surface.

EMBARRASSMENT QUOTIENT Modest, especially compared to Dexter’s leading role in a hilariously bad, Andrew Lloyd Webber-ish musical about the Elephant Man. If anything, the scene was probably less embarrassing for the characters than for Goldblum and Thompson, who never did anything this racy before and haven’t since.

EW MOVIE GRADE B-

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