Palace Nova Cinemas
Season from 19 May 2022
with some preview screenings this weekend
Review by Geoff Jenke
Pleasure is serious business. Gina (Sally Phillips) is not feeling fabulous. She has lost her job and feels stuck and frustrated in a passionless marriage. She has always lived life on the sidelines – that is, until she is met with the ground-breaking business opportunity of converting a team of well-built moving guys into well-built housecleaners. Initially the response from her ocean-swimming community is immediate, and her all-male cleaning staff an instant hit. Finally, she is the boss she has always wanted to be. But, as her business booms, her clientele demands something more – sex, or better yet, pleasure. Faced with something far more than she imagined, Gina and her team, including her foodie manager Steve (Erik Thomson), launch an enterprise that is all about getting intimacy right between people. For the first time, the women experience desire on their own terms.
How to Please a Woman is a rom/com that is quite naughty and possibly so wrong in many ways. It is about sex so if this worries you stay home, but this is a delightfully funny movie. The scene involving an exercise bike, a croissant and a sex toy is typical Australian humour and will be talked about at the watercooler at work for weeks.
Filmed in Fremantle, Western Australia, director/writer Renee Webster has captured an Australian comedy that, like The Castle, revolves around everyday people and their life.
Besides British actress Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones movies), the film has an all-star Australian cast including Erik Thomson, Tasma Walton, Roz Hammond, Cameron Daddo and Caroline Brazier
How to Please a Woman is a precarious, often hilarious and revealing journey into the vulnerable world of what women really want and how hard it can be to get it right. I am a male and I loved this movie. However, it did leave me with one burning unanswered question, did the nerdy guy get on with the girl?
Go as a couple to see this film, you will both have a good laugh and you might even (both) learn something.