No-sexual Neveragainists
Never Again
Review by Ross Anthony

Grace (Clayburgh) and Christopher (Tambor) are two 50-something singles resigned to a life without sex and/or romantic love. Christopher's exploration into the possibility that he Never Againmay be homosexual gives rise to many an irreverent laugh. Grace, searches instead, the internet and comes up "short." Eventually, the two stumble across each other in all their brass vulnerabilities. Boldly adventuring into a new relationship, they attempt to stay honest, real and above all "never again" fall in love -- even with each other.

Aside from a few "American Pie" (for baby-boomers) gags (which are quite obscene), and Christopher's brief walk on the wild side (which is all very funny), the film's real center is its crisp refreshing dialogue.

Jeffrey Tambor's performance as the intelligent jazz-playing exterminator is Oscar-worthy. His seemingly spontaneously expressions endear. "I don't want my self esteem to a be blinking light on some answering machine."

Bill Duke is also strong as the long time old friend. Clayburgh's performance is so-so, but chumming with her close trio of best friends lacks the chemistry that the boy buds enjoy.

Still, overall, charming.

Writer, director, producer Eric Schaeffer (30-something) says, "I think, especially at this time in the world, that trying to feel as human as we can is a good thing."

  • Never Again. Copyright © 2002. Rated R.
  • Starring Jeffrey Tambor, Jill Clayburgh, Caroline Aaron, Bill Duke, Micahel Mckean, Sandy Duncan.
  • Written, Directed and Produced by Eric Schaeffer at 5mins before the Miracle/USA.

Grade..........................B+ (Strong)

Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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