Yet another tagline that cannot possibly be ignored: A sex doll becomes jealous when its owner has a relationship with his co-worker. C’mon, now you have to admit that is a pretty clever idea and right off the bat gives the movie bonus points. Like a flashy cover at the video store, an irresistible tagline lures in suckers like me who think a good tagline will translate into a good movie. Not so in this instance.
Kenneth, played by Desmond Harrington, is a lonely copywriter who has just been entrusted with a very important assignment by his boss. Lisa, a cute petite blond played by Melissa Sagemiller, is introduced to Kenneth as his personal assistant on the deal. One day, Kenneth’s co-worker jokingly shows him an article for a life-like sex doll. The co-worker jokes “Who would pay $10,000 for a sex doll?” My boy Kenneth would, that’s who! Within a couple minutes, Kenneth is on-line ordering a sex doll that meets his personal preferences.
The doll itself doesn’t even look that real (you would think they would invest the 10K in one of those Real Dolls from REAL SEX HBO), but the fact that the doll looks so fake makes it funny. Allow me to explain. In one scene, Kenneth wakes up and the fake doll (that looks like a mannequin from JC Penny) is suddenly in bed handcuffed to him. Another time, the doll is sitting in the living room, awkwardly holding a knife in its hands and we see that all of the keepsakes that Kenneth has collected from his relationship with Lisa have been shredded in a jealous rage. A jealous rage, mind you, that is never actually witnessed by the audience.
In fact, the doll never actively does anything to Kenneth. Instead, the doll will suddenly appear in a different part of the room or Kenneth will find her in the bathroom or something. I guess that saves on the special effects. I can just imagine the workers behind the cameras scurrying around. The director yells, “Cut! Now move that thing over there! Good, okay, ready? Action!”
In by far the funniest scene in the movie, Kenneth obediently crawls into the bedroom as we see the sex doll sitting on the edge of the bed in a Dominatrix costume. This guy must have an active imagination! As the movie goes on, Lisa finds out about Kenneth’s other girlfriend and from then on, the movie just devolves into a fruitless effort of American Psycho mimicry. Sadly, the clever and innovative premise that lured me in was largely wasted in this movie.
I wouldn’t recommend buying this one, but if it’s on Skin-o-max one night and you want a decent laugh check it out. Note to the Director: next time spend the $10K on the Real Doll and plunk down some money on a doll that actually moves, Chucky-style. Or at least have the doll become an actual woman when she kills. Something! Point is, you had a great premise and you blew it!
Rating: * ½ (out of four stars)