"Sex is everywhere in The Girlfriend Experience, except there's no sex," one critic commented. "We come to understand that Soderbergh is less interested in sex work than he is in work." And so it seems The Girlfriend Experience really is a movie based upon the relationships, not the raunchy bits, of Manhattan's highest paid hookers.
Sometimes sex feel like it does in the movies: hot, coordinated and culminating in simultaneous, mind-blowing orgasms. Other times, it's not quite so pretty. The up-against-the-wall sex scene between Kelly Preston and Tom Cruise's characters in Jerry Maguire comes to mind. In real life, his arm muscles might get tired from holding her up, or she might not be able to climax with her legs wrapped around him so tightly, right?
There's nothing like a great movie kiss to prompt that goofy smile that you hope no one catches you wearing. A kiss can make or break a relationship—they're just that telling. Because YourTango love kisses and films, we tracked down some of the greatest on-screen smooches from films new and old. From the book Great Kisses... and Famous Lines Right Out of the Movies, we've selected six memorable lip-locks, along with the seductive banter that led into them. Luckily we're not the Academy, so we don't have to choose just one. Bonus! Want to win four classic romantic films plus the He's Just Not That Into You movie soundtrack? Simply register on YourTango for the chance to win!
When He's Just Not That Into You, Liz Tuccillo and Greg Behrendt's book about identifying dead-end relationships, debuted in 2006 it empowered confused women everywhere to move out and move on (well, at least it happened that way on Oprah). This "you go, girl" attitude arrived to the big screen Friday, February 6. The movie version has a celeb-studded cast including Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Justin Long (the Mac guy and Drew's ex) and Scarlett Johansson.
Screaming, yelling, breaking furniture, soul-sucking jobs, mental illness, infidelity: Revolutionary Road is not your typical holiday season movie. Don't be fooled by the Kate-Winslet-and-Leonardo-Di-Caprio pairing -- this is not Titantic. Frank and April Wheeler are two bright young things in 1950s New York City who fall in love, get pregnant and move out to suburbia with stars in their eyes. But seven or so years later, the daily commute and absurd office nonsense is doing Frank in. Back home, April feels bored and stifled by domestic life, aching over both of their unmet potential. As she energizes Frank and they start to claw their way out, real life sets in and throws every single roadblock imaginable in their way. There's many Mad Men parallels in the analyses of post-war life, but ultimately, Revolutionary Road is just a portrait of a straining marriage: it's about the capacity that two people who are in love have to be cruel to each other.
The year may be coming to end, but the time to get closer to your partner is just beginning. The holidays are an opportunity for couples to introduce the traditions that have been passed from one generation to the next—but also to create new traditions that enhance a relationship for years to come. Here we've collected ten holiday traditions (some a little spicier than others) that you and your boyfriend or husband can make your own. Happy holidays! – Maureen Dempsey and Elizabeth Narins
Two fairytale love stories are wooing theatergoers this season. If you have but $12.50 (as ludicrous New York City rates go) to spend, skip Twilight, the teen vampire tale, and see Slumdog Millionaire instead. The Golden Globe Best Picture nominated film is about two destitute Indian orphans from Mumbai whose fates take them on two different, equally harrowing paths before reuniting, in part, thanks to the television game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? While the chemistry between Twilight's main characters Bella and Edward has been praised, the box office hit failed to do what the book series did: use an original take on an old love story about destiny and soulmates to make even jaded hearts swoon.
Warning: this post kinda contains a spoiler about the movie, but chillax, you'll live! I saw the teen film Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist over the weekend. The first half of the film was everything I wanted: Kat Dennings' (Norah) amazing, amazing lips; schmoopy Michael Cera (Nick), who I just wanted to give big mama bear squeeze to; a great supporting role from a busted-ass car even worse than the '83 VW I used to drive; fun music. Then this weird sub-plot about Norah never having had an orgasm before appeared halfway through the film and I was, like, "Whaaaaaaaaat?"
Ok, is anyone shocked by this news? The NY Times is reporting that HBO is anxious to film a follow-up to the box office smash. Duh. While I loved the show when it was on I was wary about what the movie might hold. It wasn't the greatest film I'd ever seen, but it was a lot more fun than I thought it would be. So much so that when I left I actually didn't mind the $10 I had paid for my ticket. Having said that, I'm really not up for a sequel. I don't want to watch any more awkward Miranda/Steve sex, and I was really happy with how all the ladies ended up. What more is there to tell us?
Which romantic comedy does your life resemble? When Harry Met Sally or Pretty in Pink? The movies you watch may be sabotaging your love life. J. Courtney Sullivan warns against waiting for Lloyd Dobler and pulls the rug out from under seven movie-myth scenarios.