Nice to see it now, when we are in a wave of puritanism (sorry for the lazy term) again. Sexual morality is like that, after a "sexual revolution" like the one in the 1920's, there was the moralistic response, and then, another in the 1960 and 1970. The 1980, were uptight again (influenced by Tatcher and Reagen). The 90's had the 3rd wave of feminism. And now the chastity rings. 21st century started out very chaste.
Time has not been kind to this rather drab batch of sketches. Some flashes of brilliance, especially in Gene Wilder's marvellous performance, and the final section detailing what happens during an orgasm. But too much of the film drags.
A classic Woody Allen sex comedy told in seven segments. Each part is its own entity, and a spoof of some film genre or director. I loved the Antonioni portion, which is obviously in Italian, and the opening is at once clever and stupid. It's all farcical, but never lost my interest. My favorite was the final chapter - What happens during ejaculation? The answer may surprise you.
Love it. The segment with Gene Wilder and the sheep is one of the most brilliantly hilarious comedic pieces that I've ever seen. Perfect timing and played straight. That and catching a giant breast in a giant brazier. Pure Allen.
Allen tries hard on a bit more edgier comedy based on some curious sexual habits. Some moments are outrageous, but not all of them work, none its hysterically funny except from the last one. despite that, all the episodes have their own "charm", in a quirky way.
The definition of a cinematic hit or miss. The first three segments work based on the Antonioni/Fellini references & the commited performance of Gene Wilder. Unfortunately, the following three segments show potential but fail entirely on the script alone (the worst being Are Transvestites Homosexuals?). But with a great idea/execution, lightning strikes with the final segment which becomes the highlight of the film.
I don't know. Maybe it was funny in the 70's, but it isn't funny now. The final sketch still holds up well and is still funny. But a lot of the other stuff is predicable. And even when it's not, it's still not funny.
My main issue is that, besides in the final and "Italian" episode, supposedly touchy questions were answered from the start, and so trivially at it, you couldn't form more than a plain sentence if even more than a word "No". And regardless the evident imagination that was placed in every single topic, as far as comedy goes, the least Woody-esque episode - one with Gene Wilder - is the funniest.