San Francisco International Film Festival 2012: “Hysteria”, “Alps”, and “Target” Reviews and Trailers
The rom-com Hysteria is based on the true story of 19th century inventor Mortimer Granville and his invention of the vibrator. Originally designed as a medical cure for female hysteria, what we now call being a bored housewife, the vibrator quickly became more of a recreational device.
Much of the film’s charm comes from Maggie Gyllenhaal whose character is fighting for women’s equality and therefore is obviously deemed hysterical. Humor in the film comes from word play and the juxtaposition of sexual situations in an extremely prudish era. The film is funny and smart, albeit fairly predictable, and I have no problem recommending it to everyone who enjoys light comedies.
The film’s R rating is laughable and just goes to prove how many people are still scared of women’s sexuality. I would say this film is more of a PG-13, although it might be extremely awkward for family viewing. Read More…