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LOVE AND SEX
USA: Lions Gate Films
UK: Inkpen Film Distribution
Cast: Famke Janssen, Jon Favreau, Noah Emmerich, Ann Magnuson, Cheri Oteri, Josh Hopkins, Robert Knepper, Vincent Ventresca, Kristen Zang, David Steinberg, Elimu Nelson, Don Brunner
Director: Valerie Breiman
USA & UK: 82 mins
UK Certificate: 15 for strong language, sex and sex references
USA Release Date: 25 August 2000 (Limited Release - Los Angeles and New York)
UK Release Date: 29 September 2000
Kate Welles (Famke Janssen), a beautiful and talented magazine writer, turns to her own life for inspiration when she is given an impossible assignment. Within twenty-four hours, Kate must write a single woman's guide to love and sex. A stranger to both since her break-up with Adam Levy (Jon Favreau), Kate conducts her research by recalling her many calamitous relationships with men, beginning with her first kiss and her first betrayal on the sixth-grade playground. More heartbreaks follow over the years, with married men, Mama's boys, and a multitude of disappointing bachelors. But the man who seems to have had the most impact on her life is Adam, an artist.
Outspoken, outrageous, and a little out of shape, Adam enjoys the realities of their impulsive love affair and encourages Kate to do the same. Their relationship progresses quickly. Funny, intense, comfortable and candid, the lovers settle into a cozy domestic routine. Kate's unexpectedly finds she is pregnant. Adam is eager to become a father and Kate nervously anticipates motherhood and the commitment that goes with it, but she miscarries and grief is replaced by boredom and indifference.
Adam decides that he is ready to move on. He knows that Kate has had more sexual experience than he has and feels that it is time to catch up. Kate is devastated and shocked by his decision to leave. She fights back by dating other men. Determined to make Adam regret his decision, Kate takes every opportunity to flaunt her sexual independence. But the dating scene is still hell.
Ironically, the moment Kate settles into a new affair with a handsome and charismatic actor, Adam decides that he has made a terrible mistake. He wants to come back into her life and he is ready to make a real commitment. Kate resists at first, finally coming to a surprising conclusion. Love and sex, when combined with friendship, add up to the perfect relationship.