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A pleasant and (given the topic it’s worth mentioning) harmless light comedy about the invention of the vibrator. A young doctor (played by a handsome Hugh Dancy, who smiles like a younger version of Michael Sheen) gets involved with a practitioner specialized in treating women diagnosed with hysteria – and whoever watched the film about Dr. Kellogg’s first business model will know what that means. Of course provoking dozens of “hysterical paroxysms” every day takes its toll, and the need for a less exhausting, i.e. less manual cure emerges. All this plays with a background of women’s lib movement, and of course there are various love interests, tribes and tribulations spread across the plot.

It’s kind of fun to watch the row of hysterical (i.e. sexually undernourished) women walking (or spreading, ahem) through the doctor’s office in search of relieve, and the doctor’s friend who is an ingenious electrical engineer also is nice to watch. The star is the old doctor’s elder daughter, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal, by far the most impressive cast member in the film (not by name, by actual performance), a warrior for the rights of the disenfranchised, women’s voting, and she has a decent right swing, too. In the end, the film is too PG12 to be of real interest, as all the edge is washed away, but still nice entertainment on a long-distance flight.

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