The Opposite of Sex

The Opposite of Sex is a 1998 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Don Roos and starring Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan and Lisa Kudrow. This was the last feature film produced by Rysher Entertainment, a company better known for their television productions.

Genre: Comedy
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 wins & 23 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.5
Metacritic:
70
Rotten Tomatoes:
80%
R
Year:
1998
105
806 Views

Dedee:
[as Dedee is walking away from Bill's, looking for a ride and stopping under a tree, she narrates:] Seems like everybody's having sex but me. Good for them. It's not that I'm against sex. I mean, it was clever of God or evolution or whatever to hook the survival of the species to it because we're gonna screw around no what. It was a smarter thing to pick than say... the instinct to share your toys or return phone calls. We'd have died out like eons ago. But on the minus side, god... all the *attachment* that goes with it. It's like this net. Sex always ends in kids or disease, or like, you know, relationships. That's exactly what I don't want. I want the opposite of all that. Because it's not worth it, not really, is it? When you think about it?

Dedee:
[cut to montage of memories of heart-warming relationship scenes with Tom, Bill, and Lucia together, then with other cast characters, and ending with one of Dedee and Randy together back in Louisiana. Back to Dedee smoking with narration continuing:] OK, so maybe I'm wrong. Maybe it's not all shit. Maybe...

Dedee:
God damn it.

Dedee:
[Frustrated, she sits down on street curb, smoking and thinking. She continues narrating:] I thought the whole idea was I know what happens next. I'll tell you one thing... I'm not gonna go back to Bill's house and be this big changed person for you. I told you right off I don't grow a heart of gold. And if I do, which is, like, *so unlikely*... give me a break and don't make me do it in front of you. Come on, guys, go, okay?

Dedee:
[looking at the camera angrily and violently shooing us away with her left hand] GO!

Dedee:
[fade to black and narration continues:] I'll give you this much, though... I never was the same again after that summer. [credits roll]

Lucia:
I don't know. I just don't - I don't get sex.

Bill Truitt:
You should get out more.

Lucia:
I mean, "I don't understand sex." I don't get it. Get it? It seems like a lot of trouble for not much. Am I the only one that thinks this?

Bill Truitt:
I don't think you're the tip of an iceberg, frankly.

Lucia:
I would rather have a backrub, you know. It lasts longer and there's no fluids. You know, what's so great about that? It's like, "Hi! I'd like to blow my nose on your face." I mean, you wouldn't like that, would you?

Bill Truitt:
And after they do it, they never phone you.

Lucia:
Yeah, or a shampoo. You know, just a really great shampoo. That would make sense. If you were chasing this asshole all around the country because he gave really great shampoos...

Bill Truitt:
It's not just sex, Lucia. I CARE for Matt, alright?

Lucia:
It IS sex, Bill. You just won't admit it. Cuz you wanna be above that. You wanna think that nothing that happened happened because you like sex.

Bill Truitt:
I'm really beat.

Lucia:
You know, sex kills, Bill. You just - you won't accept that. But why do you think there's no more real Hawaiians, huh? And why would they bother coming up with the phrase "died in childbirth" if it only happened one time? It's f***ing dangerous, sex!

Bill Truitt:
Tom didn't die because of sex.

Lucia:
Didn't he? I mean, PC crap aside, didn't sex kill Tom? Huh? I mean, if he just couldn't get enough shampoos or backrubs, wouldn't he still be here today?

Bill Truitt:
You might as well say I killed him.

Lucia:
You didn't give it to him.

Bill Truitt:
No, but some OTHER faggot did! Isn't that what you think?

Lucia:
No. What I think is: Fine. Chase this bimbo from Indiana to Chippewa Falls, for all I care. Go ahead. Throw away your reputation, your job, and your students, and whatever because you want Matt. That's - it your RIGHT! Just don't say that it's about love, okay? You're an English teacher. Call things by their right name.

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