Written by Adam Wierzbianski
Directed by Billy Kent
Running Time: 1:28
Rated Not Rated
The Oh in Ohio was a decent if not wholly entertaining film that relied too much on shock humor to be really good.
Priscilla and Jack have a troubled relationship. She can't orgasm and he
can't seem to do anything about it. This leads to them separating and
going off in their own directions. Jack ends up in an affair with one of his
high school students and Priscilla ends up having sex with many different
men, none of whom can help her. Then she finds the joys of a vibrator and
her entire world changes.
There were some funny moments in The Oh in Ohio, but not enough to
make it a truly enjoyable movie. The cast was pretty impressive,
considering this isn't a movie many people have heard of. Parker Posey,
Paul Rudd, Mischa Barton, Danny DeVito, Liza Minnelli, and Heather
Graham (with the latter two in limited roles.) I would have liked to have
seen more backstory about the couple. They've been married for quite a
few years and there's obviously more wrong with their marriage than just
sex. It seems to me that sex is the reason they use to break it all off.
How much money do they have? How can they afford such a large house
in a well-to-do neighborhood and still have enough money for Jack to run
off and get his own apartment? And why on Earth would I ever consider
Danny DeVito to be attractive?
The movie rises and falls on the back of Parker Posey. While the story is
about her and her husband, Priscilla is the true main focus. If you can
appreciate her character, you'll find yourself enjoying the movie more. At
first, when she was uptight and set in her ways, I didn't really care for her.
But as the movie went along and she loosened up a bit, she became more
free and became the loopy Parker Posey we all know and love. And, as
an aside, she's got a much nicer butt than I could have imagined. But I
digress. I never understood why she fell for the pool man, because again,
he's Danny DeVito, but otherwise, it was nice to see her character slowly
but surely come alive. Jack on the other hand, never really did much. He
ended up having an affair with one of his students (Mischa Barton) but his
character never went anywhere. Emotionally he ended up right back
where he started.
THE BOTTOM LINE
So overall, I'm in the middle about The Oh in Ohio. The actors were
strong, but the story wasn't as well developed as I would have liked. And
the movie ends a bit too abruptly for my tastes. With a running time of only 88 minutes there could have been a lot more said to make the movie feel complete.
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