Rio Sex Comedy (2010)

Charlotte Rampling, Bill Pullman, Irène Jacob, Fisher Stevens,
Charts the misadventures of expatriates in Rio in their bungled search for both personal pleasures and social justice. Each character reveals a different aspect of the fabled city, from Rio high society to favelas.
  • 4.8 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
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  • Writer:
  • Jonathan Nossiter, Director:
  • Matias Mariani, Producer:
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7 / 10

Genuinely Funny

Orinigally titled Gringos no Rio, Rio Sex Comedy is definitely worth the trip to the cinema! I am an American living in Rio and thought the film was a dead on portrayal of the culture shock we encounter upon arrival here; rife with authentic, honest, and spontaneously felt comedic scenes.

If you are not a Carioca or a gringo that has spent a significant amount of time in Rio, you will probably not understand the film or why it was made. The performances by Fisher Stevens, Charlotte Rampling and Bill Pullman, Irene Jacobs, and others were carbon copies of the characters they played-kudos to them and to the filmmaker. The fact that there probably wasn't much research or scripting involved in this film only helped the end result...By the way, the theater where the film was shown was full of laughter and smiles from the moment the film began until the moment it ended...

8 / 10

I enjoyed it completely.

It is rare that you see a film that is based in a brazil city. Just that alone makes this film very unique. And the people in it came from different parts of the world, that is also refreshing to watch. some of the actors are related in real life.

It is almost like a socialist film, because it showed you that in Rio, rich people live at nice places, poor people have to work as maids, live in ghettos.

It has some funny moments. It looks authentic to me, that is probably how people live in brazil. I also just enjoyed looking at those buildings, beaches, etc. It is better than a regular travel show.

1 / 10

Dreadful.Awful.Avoid

I know it's a cliché to review a film and state that it is so bad that you will regret the fact that you'll never get that hour and a half that you sat through it back,but in this case it is the painful truth.A single word to describe this film is:Annoying.Most of the time you don't know what the f... is going on and is really hard to care about any of the characters.Also the fact that it keeps switching languages,Portuguese,French,English,Native Brazilian Indian.The gratuitous nudity is exasperating.It's patronising in relation to the poor of Brazil and downright boring.The only good moment is when it ends and I don't mean the ending I mean the very end when the screen goes blank.The reviews that you can read above where obviously planted by the director or his mum.Trust me,this film is s..t,don't waste your time.It's c...p.It actually made me angry.You been warned.

8 / 10

Trust Charlotte Rampling on this one

I watched this with my Brazilian husband, just back from our honeymoon and feeling "saudade" for the city, and we laughed the whole way through.

It feels like a Gore Vidal kind of story, or early Woody Allen, a really enjoyable farce that deftly lampoons stereotypes and, if nothing else, perfectly captures the feeling of standing at the window over the streets and beaches of Rio.

Sexy, silly and thoughtful. If you are not Brazilian, or maybe a middle class French person having an Evelyn Waugh-style awakening, some of the humor may be lost on you.

The film has been bashed by Brazilian critics for an "insensitive" portrayal of Brazilians, but cues like an Amazon tribe whose name sounds like "Oi, Papi!" and Mary Sheila's silently awesome reactions to the shenanigans unfolding around her, let us know that the Brazilians are definitely in on the joke.