Review: ‘Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* *But Were Afraid to Ask’

Borrowing only the title and some typically inane questions from Dr David Reuben's oft-ingenuous but widely read overview of sexual matters, Woody Allen writes his sixth screenplay and serves for the third time as his own director.

Borrowing only the title and some typically inane questions from Dr David Reuben’s oft-ingenuous but widely read overview of sexual matters, Woody Allen writes his sixth screenplay and serves for the third time as his own director.

Pic is divided into seven segments – blackout sketches, really – that presumably are Allen’s surrealistic answer to selected questions from the Reuben tome.

One of the episodes is a prolonged piece of nonsense involving a 2001-inspired mission control centre that is engineering a bout of intercourse in a parked car. Idea of Allen as a reluctant sperm may sound funny on paper, but it plays like an adolescent jape.

Allen’s gift is in the depiction of a contemporary intellectual shlump who cannot seem to make it with the chicks always tantalizingly out of reach. That persona could well have served him once more as the focus for a good bit of caustic comedy on today’s sexual mores.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* *But Were Afraid to Ask

Production

United Artists. Director Woody Allen; Producer Charles H. Joffe; Screenplay Woody Allen; Camera David M. Walsh; Editor James T. Heckart, Eric Albertson; Music Mundell Lowe; Art Director Dale Hennesy

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 87 MIN.

With

Woody Allen John Carradine Anthony Quayle Tony Randall Burt Reynolds Gene Wilder
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