Lonely singles, take shelter! All Over The Guy director Julie Davis is back to tell more tales of dating disaster. She mined her own misery for Amy's Orgasm in limited release this Friday a comedy starring herself as a lonely self-help guru. It's rated R, but hey, what's with that X-rated title?
"It's funny," Davis tells TV Guide Online. "The original title was Why Love Doesn't Work, which is the title of Amy's self-help book. But when I was trying to sell the movie, distributors didn't like the name." Worried, the auteur sought sage advice from MGM mogul Samuel Goldwyn, who bought her first film, 1998's I Love You, Don't Touch Me!
Laughing, Davis recalls: "[Goldwyn] said he thought it needed a catchy title because it didn't have any stars and there was no reason for people to go see it. So he told me I should put the word 'orgasm' in it. He was so harsh, I thought somebody had knocked me across the room.
"But I thought about it," she adds pragmatically, "and there was such a furor over the title that the movie sold out every night at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. I was so against it at first, but it's totally grown on me. Now, I think it's a brilliant, intellectual title and I've totally fooled myself!"
Davis now a happily-married mom says the fantasy-prone Amy "is who I was. It was so completely autobiographical at the time I wrote it, it's shameful." And so what if "Amy" employs a sex toy when male companionship is scarce? "It's a cliché that women don't desire sex the way men do," Davis asserts. "But Amy's not out to have a great one-night stand. She wants great sex with someone she loves."