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If you never thought you could watch a movie about vibrators with your whole family, the fun new period romp "Hysteria" will prove you wrong.
Starring some of Britain's finest (Hugh Dancy, Felicity Jones, Jonathan Pryce, Rupert Everett) and one Yank (Maggie Gyllenhaal), "Hysteria" is a romantic comedy based on the surprising true story behind how the first mechanical vibrator was invented. If that doesn't intrigue you, then we can't help you. Get More »
In the historical rom-com "Hysteria," a progressive new doctor (Hugh Dancy) joins a respected women's physician (Jonathan Pryce) who specializes in curing the female condition of hysteria through manual stimulation. Naturally, the revolutionary treatment is so popular with upper-crust Victorian ladies that the poor young doc develops repetitive stress, leaving him unable to perform his professional duties until his inventor pal (Rupert Everett) develops an electric stimulator that does the job much more efficiently.
But "Hysteria" is far from the first film to highlight a lady's electric best friend. While the topic isn't exactly common, there are plenty of mainstream comedies that include some memorably good vibrations. Sorry, fellas, but we kept the users strictly female. Get More »
Ever since she broke out with her brazen turn as a kinky secretary in "Secretary," Maggie Gyllenhaal has kept delivering risky performances in a string of acclaimed indies, including "Sherrybaby," "Crazy Heart" (which netted her an Oscar nomination) and "Happy Endings." She also displayed her mainstream appeal as Bruce Wayne's feisty love interest in "The Dark Knight."
Her latest indie, "Hysteria," is a period romp, but don't let that fool you; this isn’t your typical corseted comedy. Directed by newcomer Tanya Wexler and costarring Hugh Dancy, Felicity Jones and Rupert Everett, "Hysteria" recounts the little-known story behind the invention of the vibrator in Victoria-era England. Gyllenhaal plays Charlotte Darlymple, a woman way ahead of her time who, against her better instincts, begins to fall for the man responsible for bringing pleasure to women the world over.
NextMovie caught up with the actress to talk about working in a corset, mastering a British accent, and the free goodies she got. Get More »
'Tis the season for massive explosions and people running from them.
Summer movies are coming, and iconic superheroes will dominate as "Dark Knight Rises," "Avengers," and "The Amazing Spider-Man" duke it out for box office supremacy, while the sci-fi derby includes fresh takes on the "Alien" saga ("Prometheus") and Philip K. Dick ("Total Recall"), plus a return visit to MIB headquarters.
We count down the biggest and best blockbusters for beating the summer heat. Get More »
It's Year 11 for the Tribeca Film Festival, and it looks like the fest created by Robert De Niro is hitting its stride.
The 11-day event, which takes place April 18-29, has always been known for its flashy red- carpet premieres (this year's fest is bookended with the comedy "The Five-Year Engagement" and Marvel's latest “The Avengers”) and fun family fare (free Drive In screenings of "Jaws" and "The Goonies"). Tribeca is also branching out into the online world: For its second year, the festival will screen a handful of titles from this year's Tribeca Online Film Festival as well as stream some of its panels.
But if you like to watch your movies the old-fashioned way (in the theater), here are 15 titles from this year's fest that we think you should check out. Get More »
Blockbuster season is upon us and with the theater packed to the gills with dystopian futures, rampaging supervillains and alien invaders, it can be pretty hard for smaller films to stand out. But there's one thing that might just do the trick: Making a romcom about the invention of the vibrator.
And we've got a brand new trailer proving that the "Hysteria" has already begun. Get More »
It's that time of the year again. With summer officially over and awards season brewing, the Toronto International Film Festival launches its assault on the moviegoing masses of the world.
And what an assault it's going to be. From Ryan Gosling putting the pedal to the medal in "Drive" to George Clooney breaking hearts in "The Descendants," to both of them starring in the political drama "The Ides of March," this year's edition promises to be a doozy with a little bit of something for everyone.
Find out what's playing this year by checking out our rundown of the 15 films we're most looking forward to seeing at the festival. Get More »
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.