Too Much Flesh


by Tuna

Too Much Flesh is a French film written and directed by and starring Jean-Marc Barr. The cinematographer also shares writing and directing credits. Lyle (Jean-Marc Barr) is 35, and has been married to his wife (Rosanna Arquette) for years, but they have never consummated their marriage. The marriage was arranged, and we gradually learn how this strange relationship came about. An early girlfriend of his spread the rumor that his pecker was way too big, and he believed her as a young man. This "killer cock" rumor gave Arquette all the excuse she needed for staying true to her true love, who died in an accident.

Then enter Barr's best friend, returning to the small Illinois town a successful writer with a French girl (Elodie Bouchez) in tow. It comes as some surprise when Barr starts banging Bouchez, but then we learn that her "fiance" is gay. Barr is happy, as he now knows his pecker won't kill his wife, but she still wants none of him. Barr and Bouchez make great use of their time, but the good Christian town folk will not tolerate this overt sinning.

I believe the film is meant to show how close-minded and restrictive rural Christian society can be, and to argue in favor of pleasure and happiness. I found it rather slow and obvious, but then European pace is often much slower than American film, and Bouchez and Barr sold the carnal relationship and the idea that it was good clean fun. At least it is not the same old Hollywood formula.



Our Grade:

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A competent European art film made in America. It has a very small potential audience.

Combined Region 1 and 4 DVD, in English with Spanish subtitles.




5.4 IMDB summary (of 10)





  • Elodie Bouchez- full frontal and rear nudity
  • Rosanna Arquette - breasts
  • Jean-Marc Barr - bum