Advice From A Caterpillar (1999) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

A romantic quadrangle about the lives of New Yorkers with mixed sexual proclivities.
Cynthia Nixon plays an acclaimed conceptual artist, a kooky and independent person living alone in Greenwich Village. Her social life is centered around a really straight married banker with whom she has great sex, and her best friend, who is a homosexual man in the artistic community.

She thinks there is something crucial missing from her life, and this causes her some depression, but she is coping, and is fundamentally pleased with her life.


Cynthia Nixon's breasts are visible in three separate sex scenes. In the first, long distance away with her on top. In the second, just a nipple escaped from a bra, but the third time was a charm with a clear and illuminated close-up.

Until it gets complicated. The homosexual man has a bisexual boyfriend. The rich married guy invites her and the gay couple to spend the weekend at his summer home upstate. The complication is that Cynthia and the bisexual guy get really involved before the weekend arrives, and that turns out to be pretty uncomfortable for everyone.

It's really just a typical romantic comedy, except that the special hook is the muddled sexual orientation of the participants. The same script with heterosexual twentysomethings would attract no attention at all. Well, come to think of it, this one didn't attract any attention either, but at least it got produced.

DVD info.

A simple, unadorned 4:3 transfer. Available only at Blockbuster. No features at all, not even a chapter selector. Just a movie. Period.

The good news: It's cute. The characters are well developed and complex, and all fairly likeable and human.

The bad news: Same old same old. Except for the sexual orientation hook, you'll probably get the impression you've seen it before. A bunch of times. The other comment I have may just be a personal taste thing, but I didn't like the art direction. I thought there was far too much use of bright gaudy colors. My eyes have a limited tolerance for lime green walls next to royal blue bedspreads.

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