The Oh in Ohio

Priscilla Chase has a big problem.  She has never had an orgasm before.  So goes the premise for The Oh in Ohio, a sex comedy by director Billy Kent.  Kent and Sarah Bird came up with the idea, and Adam Wierzbianski wrote the screenplay.  One would assume that two essential elements in a sex comedy are sex and comedy, but apparently this slipped past the minds of Kent, Bird, and Wierzbianski.  The Oh in Ohio has a lot of very good actors running around doing little more than trying to shock audiences with juvenile and lame sex-related bits.

Priscilla (Parker Posey, Superman Returns, Adam & Steve) works in Cleveland for a big company. She's smart, predictable, driven, and knows the exact number of times she's had sex with her husband Jack (Paul Rudd, The 40 Year-Old Virgin, The Baxter).  She seems blissfully ignorant of her inability to climax, but the preceding decade has emasculated Jack.  He prides himself on his above average member and prowess, and believes his wife's lack of an orgasm is a failure on his part.  It has affected his teaching ability, his weight, and his appearance.

Kent takes the two on a journey in different directions.  After a brief trip to a counselor, Jack begins an affair with Kristen Taylor (Mischa Barton, Tart, Lost & Delirious), one of this students.  She is ridiculously attractive, and ridiculously smart for somebody in high school.  Taylor throws herself at Kent, who eagerly takes her proposition.  Meanwhile, Priscilla finally finds joy with a vibrator, and ends up finding joy an immense amount of times.  Think this is funny yet?  Well, it's not.  Then, Kent throws in Liza Minelli (Steppin' Out, Arthur 2:  On the Rocks) as a sex therapist and an uncredited Heather Graham (Anger Management, The Guru) as a lesbian sex store owner.  Nope, still not funny.

The one amusing aspect of The Oh in Ohio deals with the Wayne (Danny DeVito, Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School, Be Cool), the local pool guy who is obsessed with getting Priscilla to buy a pool.  For her part, Priscilla has been a big fan of his commercial, which is close to twenty years old.  DeVito's hyperactive salesman routine is funny and a bit sad at the same time, but he is the only character here with any shred of real emotion.  Priscilla, Jack, and everybody else are no fun to watch.  The main reason for this was that there was no real point for The Oh in Ohio.  It sounds like a fun short movie, but there is not enough material for a feature length film.  As a result, characters flounder around with little to do, and Kent has to stretch the plot and rehash some jokes.

Mongoose Rates It: Pretty Bad.
1 hour, 28 minutes, Not Rated but contains sexuality and language, an easy R.

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