Under the Paris Madame
After 10 years of marriage Joanna Scott's (Linda Hamilton - Dante's Peak) life is turned upside down when her husband decides to leave her for another woman, not a younger woman just another woman. Feeling down she agrees to take an assignment to Paris, France to do an article of Madame Simone (Jacqueline Bisset - Britannic) who Joanna thinks is nothing more than a high class pimp although she thinks of herself as a high class match maker. It doesn't take long for Madame Simone to see that Joanna's life is in a slump and promises to transform her life by giving her all the skills needed to seduce any man she desires.
To put it simply "Sex & Mrs. X" is one of those movies about a dumped woman rediscovering that she is a sexy, sensual woman and finds love along the way. There is nothing wrong with that as there are some very entertaining movies out there about women rediscovering their passionate side but sadly this isn't one of them.
The trouble with "Sex & Mrs. X" is that whilst it aims to be both romantic-comedy and romantic-drama it is a very wordy movie which makes it a bit boring. It basically needed more energy rather than Joanna and Simone talking a lot and Joanna feeling embarrassed as she rediscovers her sexy side. Don't get me wrong as it is entertaining with some fun especially with Joanna mixing it up with some embarrassment and flirting but every time it just starts to get amusing we then get a lot more talking.
Now the thing is when it comes to the talking Jacqueline Bisset sells it, she sounds like a sophisticated older woman who having spent her life observing as well as participating knows men and knows how to seduce them. And when it comes to the awkward comedy of finding her sexy side Linda Hamilton sells it especially in the tuition scene where she learns how to strip. But the two sides don't combine very well with the wordy side of things making it incredibly slow.
What this all boils down to is that "Sex & Mrs. X" is a solid comedy about a woman rediscovering her sexuality but it suffers from being too wordy which jars with the humorous side of the movie.