Film Review by Kam Williams
Headline: Womanizer Teaches Nerds in Battle-of-the-Sexes Comedy
Philippe (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing), a charming Frenchman living in
Rather than worry about her awkward predicament, he simply moves on to his next conquest, namely, Mercedes (Ann Hu), his Asian-American dentist. But when she wisely rejects the hopelessly horny philanderer, he next takes a shot at Maureen (Alexa Havins), a sultry Southern Belle. He even has the nerve to fantasize about his shrink during a session with her about his sex addiction problem.
Convinced that what the world needs now is more creepy womanizers like himself, Philippe decides not only to write a how-to book delineating his modus operandi but also to teach a course on it as well. The text, the course and this movie chronicling his students’ ensuing misadventures are all entitled “How to Seduce Difficult Women,” a battle-of-the-sexes comedy which is basically a sloppily-edited, series of unfunny, disconnected sketches adding up to far less than the sum of its parts.
The movie marks the writing/directorial debut of Richard Temtchine, a cosmetologist whose prior claim to fame was having the late Grace Kelly as a client. His flick essentially revolves around the dates and fates of the ten men who enroll in Phillipe’s class, a motley crew of romantically-challenged losers.
The knuckle-dragging Neanderthal suggests that his socially-awkward pupils adopt an aggressive, cave man approach, as if females are uniformly docile and desire to be dominated. He even supplies a blow-up doll, Sabrina, for them to practice on. His advice subsequently works for them to varying degrees, however the overriding sexist theme doesn’t work for the audience, given that we’ve come a lot farther in terms of relating than merely dragging women off after conking them on the head with a club.
Memo to Richard: don’t quit that day job as a hair stylist.
Fair (1 star)
Running time: 90 minutes
Studio: Zipline Entertainment