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NEVER AGAIN


"Eric Schaeffer's contemporary sex comedy 'Never Again' poses that age-old question: Can a desperately lonely 54-year-old exterminator who dabbles in jazz piano find happiness with a desperately lonely 54-year-old single mother whom he meets cute in a gay bar?...'Never Again' pretends to be sympathetic to middle-aged singles and their sexual frustrations, but the flailing sex scenes between Christopher and Grace make them look foolish and grotesque...Think of 'Never Again' as bad Neil Simon with sex toys attached." --Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"Writer-director Eric Schaeffer should take the advice of his own movie's title the next time he thinks about coercing some poor actress into making a fool of herself. As a newly smitten divorcee, Jill Clayburgh is required to curse like a truck driver, giggle and screech like a teenager, and recount her sexual exploits in cringingly explicit detail. In what surely must be a career nadir, this elegantly attractive actress struggles in one scene to remove a defective strap-on sex toy before her boyfriend and his mother discover it (don't ask)." --Megan Turner, The New York Post

"...some of the most tasteless dialogue ever spoken in a mainstream movie...The problem is not the use of four-letter words and crude sex talk in themselves; it is the context...Youthful audiences won't be attracted to a love story between two 54-year-olds in the first place, and mature audiences will be turned off by the language, not necessarily out of prudishness, but out of its sheer crassness...That the opportunities to depict romance in middle age on the big screen are so few and far between makes 'Never Again's' gratuitous lapses all the more lamentable." --Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times

"... sloppy, sporadically funny adult sex comedy...Schaeffer writes like a guy who gathered his material at a party, throwing in things that may have been funny next to the punch bowl, but which are flat or nonsensical in the retelling. His inspiration is the idea that middle-agers are just as horny as teenagers, and that their sex lives can be just as funny...Most of these jokes are either patronizing or gratuitous, but a few are pretty funny." --Jack Mathews, The New York Daily News