Always on the move, businessman-cum-mensch Marty (Mike Binder) manages to find time to indulge in frequent sexual daydreams while drumming up partners for his ambitious housing project. Unlike his pal Billy (Taylor Nichols), who surreptitiously sleeps with other women, Marty desires above-board infidelity and encourages his wife Laura (Mariel Hemingway) to sample a menage a trois, thereby fulfilling that favorite of male heterosexual fantasies: sleeping with two women at once. But Marty's libidinous dream evaporates when Laura unexpectedly matriculates at the school of same-sex desire with Didi (Renee Humphrey), then quickly graduates to advanced Sapphic studies with several other women, all sans the participation of her husband. To make matters worse, Laura compromises Marty's latest deal with uptight financier Dave Pembroke (Christopher Lawford), when she gravitates to Pembroke's kinky wife Eve (Joanna Heimbold). Has Marty created a monster? What will happen when Pembroke drops by Laura's passion pit unannounced? Can Marty save both his pie-in-the-sky proposal and his marriage? With its tedious pacing and lame plot development (why bother with Marty's health scare?), this lustful sex farce falls considerably short of classics like DIVORCE, ITALIAN STYLE or 10, but like those classy predecessors, at least this one places its sex objects on a pedestal. Also, with its welcome silliness and eagerness to please, MONSTER is less sleazy than one might expect, despite its frank dialogue and salacious subject matter, and the film manages to score a few zingers about the battle of the sexes while cheerily updating that old adage: Be careful what you wish for!
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- Released: 2000
- Rating: R
- Review: Always on the move, businessman-cum-mensch Marty (Mike Binder) manages to find time to indulge in frequent sexual daydreams while drumming up partners for his ambitious housing project. Unlike his pal Billy (Taylor Nichols), who surreptitiously sleeps with… (more)