19 December 2003 | Inches_72
Another Swing and Miss Sex Comedy
The sex comedy is a dying breed of movie, kept alive be the
occassional success of movies such as the American Pie trilogy
and the faint memory of classics such as Nerds, Porkies, and
other 'coming of age' films.
Bad Boy (known as Dawg in Australia) has an interesting enough
premise. To inherit a million dollars womaniser Doug 'Dawg'
Munford must get apologies from twelve of his one night stands.
Doug (played by Denis Leary) is accompanied by Anne Lockheart
(Liz Hurley), who must witness these apologies for the inheritance
to be earned.
Ok, Liz Hurley looks good. She looks very good. In fact, let's take a
moment to reflect on just how good looking Liz Hurley is. Now, if
this movie was a porno, that'd be great- but it's not, it's a comedy
(or an attempt at one). Whilst drama may be seen as the 'true'
cinema, comedy takes a lot of ability to achieve, and Liz does not
have that ability. The movie would have been worse without Denis
Leary, who is at his usual sarcastic best, working as hard as he
can with a script completely devoid of any real wit.
Am I the only person in the world who finds it slightly unbelievable
that not one of his twelve 'conquests' is remotely normal. I know,
for comedic purposes it's funny that he's slept with twins, a
pornstar, a scary cat woman, and even a girl who has become a
man- but if you're going to stretch believability, it needs to be done
well. I didn't find myself laughing once during the movie, and that's
a mean feat.
So often someone decides to make a 'sex comedy' and thinks
that's all they need to do to make it funny. It's true, sex is a funny
act. It's also a big drawcard for a male audience (who we must
assume this chauvanistic piece was constructed for), but you
need to either have some funny situations or some funny
one-liners. This film had none of them.
See if you liked: Denis Leary. Liz Hurley. Strengths: Liz Hurley and a supporting cast of cute women Weaknesses: Lacks comedy. Liz Hurley's acting. My Rating: 2.5 out of 10