The Oh in Ohio is that rare American sex comedy that doesnt involve teenagers making love to pastry. Directed by Billy Kent from a screenplay by Adam Wierzbianski, this nicely naughty indie is full of unexpected pleasures, not least the casting of Liza Minnelli as a masturbation guru who encourages frigid women to liberate your labia!
One such sexually dysfunctional woman is Priscilla Chase (Parker Posey), a Cleveland advertising executive who has never had an orgasm. Her marriage to Jack (Paul Rudd), a high school biology teacher, has suffered as a result, and the movie is concerned with the connections they make after separating.
He will seek happiness in the arms of a precociously bodacious student embodied by Mischa Barton. She will venture on a stimulating voyage of self-discovery that begins with vibrator advice from the hottest lesbian sex-shop clerk in the history of cinema (Heather Graham) and ends on a water slide with Danny DeVito, here giving a marvelously gentle performance as a roly-poly swimming pool salesman.
A feel-good movie about feeling good, The Oh in Ohio thrums with happy vibes and amiable performances. A delectable if limited actress, Ms. Posey locates a few real feelings within her usual goofball shtick. Ditto, in a less realized role, the hammy Mr. Rudd.
THE OH IN OHIO
Opens today in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Cleveland.
Directed by Billy Kent; written by Adam Wierzbianski, based on a story by Sarah Bird and Mr. Kent; director of photography, Ramsey Nickell; edited by Paul Bertino and Michael R. Miller; music by Bruno Coon, Todd Homme and Michael Muhlfriedel; production designer, Martina Buckley; produced by Miranda Bailey, Francey Grace and Amy Salko Robertson; released by Cyan Pictures. Running time: 91 minutes. This film is not rated.
WITH: Parker Posey (Priscilla Chase), Paul Rudd (Jack Chase), Mischa Barton (Kristen Taylor), Miranda Bailey (Sherri), Liza Minnelli (Alyssa Donahue), Danny DeVito (Wayne), Robert John Burke (Binky Bartlett) and Keith David (Coach). You can read it here: