This was not a good film.
Nice effects though.
It's not great by any means, but it's a pretty good movie that didn't leave me filled with regret for investing time in it.
The movie turns out to be a little better than the average. Starting from a romantic formula often seen in the cinema, it ends in the most predictable (and somewhat bland) way.
My husband rented this from a video store thinking it was suspense. (He never reads the synopsis).Well, it would be funny if the thing was watchable. It simply isn't. The same thing over and over, no intrigue, and WHERE did they find the leading man?. The leading man, Michael Des Barres, is not even feasibly good-looking, especially for this role he is given. Also, sexual harassment at work is something, if you want to see, rent Michael Crichton's "Disclosure". At least Michael Douglas looked good in the early 90's. Alexandra Paul, who is usually watchable, plays an embarrassing scene here. There are also lighting effects cheaper than your at home web cam. Don't even waste time renting this. 0/10.
Carl S Lau
A sexually obsessed chef leads a duplicitous life: one as a "happily" married man with a ten year oldish child, the other as a sex fiend. The bulk of the documentary-like film follows him for five consecutive days and is told in flashback with Nastassja Kinski as a clinical sex therapist, listening to his story and intelligently probing him. Nastassja's role is very restrictive and she is the only principal adult character who does not take off her clothes. If she had, I would have rated this movie a big fat "F." As it is, it rates an F+, implying that it is still a failure unless one likes to be bored. It is probably a lot more interesting to spend ninety minutes cleaning out the garage. "Diary of a Sex Addict" falls into the category of films that once one has seen it, one wishes that one hadn't.
Don't let the title trick you into watching this movie. I read the title, saw that it came on in the middle of the night, and figured it was one of those soft porn movies. This movie is bad. If you like soft porn movies, then I'm sorry to say this isn't one. There are a lot of sex but nothing shown and they only last for 5 seconds or so.
Just happened across this last night channel surfing. Saw that it was shot in video, but it looked like high quality on my 19" bedroom tv, so I went into the living room, fired up the HDTV. It was shot on video. High Definition video, and it looked amazing.While it was, to a certain degree, a bit of a fable (as in, where sex addiction leads), it definitely had some outstanding points. Michael Des Barres was both charming and disturbing as the addicted restauranter, Sammy Horn (I'm sure the pun is intended). Nastassia Kinski, as his therapist, was stunning in her ability (primarily through dialogue) to express sincere compassion. Rosanna Arquette is outstanding as his charming, beautiful wife, and even more outstanding when she learns of his infidelities.All of the actors (especially the ones who took their clothes off) took a big chance doing this project; unlike film that's been transferred to high-definition, HD video shows every single little detail--and every little flaw. It also serves this particular subject matter well. Instead of just another straight-to-video movie-with-a-message, the choice to go with high-definition video gives DOASA a more immediate feel, more of an "it's happening now" mood. It's also a bit more voyeuristic and personal than film. Lighting and production design with such a sensitive medium are critical, and cinematographer Nathan Hope and PD Oliver French did a great job--particularly in the therapist's office and Sammy's restaurant.
I think the choice to use HD makes this movie stand out. While stories of addiction are by no means new or original, an HD movie about this particular addiction combined with such great performances makes DOASA a powerful viewing experience.