Had to tear myself away from a quality Tribeca Film Festival party for "Jesus Camp" to catch the 10pm screening of "I Am A Sex Addict" at the IFC Theater. I know, I know... life is filled with tough choices. But I wanted to see Sex Addict with an audience in a theater and I'm really glad I did.
I expected to admire it, which I did in spades, but I didn't expect to enjoy it so much. It reminded me of early Woody Allen, a kind of sex-obsessed Take The Money And Run. And like the Woodster, filmmakers who make comedy look easy aren't always apreciated by critics. It's funny and formally brilliant, and that's a really tough combination to pull off. A lot of hard work went into making it, as the long list of consultants in the credits will attest.
Some have knocked Caveh's presence in the film, but I found him hilarious and touching. It would have been interesting if my wife could have joined me. Based on my description, she expects that she'll like the film but not Caveh. I wonder. Asking her to see it with me is sort of like Caveh asking his girlfriend to accompany him while he visits a prostitute. We'll find out when the dvd comes out. Already looking forward to seeing it a second time, especially with all the extras.