Plenty of romantic comedies sneak in a snide few jokes about sex toys, like that unfortunate scene in "The Ugly Truth" when Katherine Heigl's panties start buzzing during dinner. But what about how the vibrator was created? Hmmm? Ever wondered about that?
Well, if you haven't, it's time you started. This trailer for the Victorian romantic comedy "Hysteria" takes a rather breezy look at the so-called condition ladies suffered from and the rather unique ways doctors treated it. Specifically, with their hands. And eventually, with a crazy new machine that had the high-society ladies lining up around the block for their turn, or so "Hysteria" would have us believe.
When a fresh-faced doctor, played by Hugh Dancy, takes on a job with an older doctor who specializes in pleasuring, uh, "relieving" women, he has to learn a whole heckuva lot. "Not enough hands to do the work," quips his employer (Jonathan Pryce). Luckily, the good doc and his buddy (Rupert Everett) come up with a special doodad that make things happen a lot faster for their patients and give their carpal tunnel syndrome a break.
Of course, what would a comedy about the invention of the vibrator be without a little romance? Well, Maggie Gyllenhaal plays the rebellious daughter of the older doctor. She is, apparently, a prime candidate for the treatment since she's outspoken and punches someone at a fancy ball. Can Dancy's young doctor make her feel fancy?
Take a look at the trailer, and let us know what you think. "Hysteria" will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September.