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  • Summary: Olivia Howell (Skye Noel) is a 27-year-old gender studies graduate student who’s grappling with her sexual orientation and concerned she may not have one at all, so she attends an asexuality support group. But after revealing her concerns and neuroses, she’s told to try out other groups. AsOlivia Howell (Skye Noel) is a 27-year-old gender studies graduate student who’s grappling with her sexual orientation and concerned she may not have one at all, so she attends an asexuality support group. But after revealing her concerns and neuroses, she’s told to try out other groups. As a friendly gesture to help Olivia get a grip on her disturbing-to-others sexual identity crisis, her pal Felisha offers Olivia a go with her boyfriend, Julian. Noting that trying sex would be cheaper than psychotherapy, Olivia agrees to give sex a chance. Olivia decides to film her weekend “experiment” with Julian, saying she hopes to advance the discourse on asexuality – but ignoring her roomie James’s warning this sounds like a terrible idea. With the help of CJ, a lesbian camerawoman, Olivia begins her weekend adventure with a loaner boyfriend. But she can’t predict the surprises that follow, including a visit from her drunk and disorderly mother; the bizarre appearances of a semi-stalking mathematician; and the confessions of her many filmed “subjects” who confide their truths about sex in Olivia’s fun and revealing experiment. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Aug 24, 2014
    60
    This is an enjoyably acted trifle that, despite some slowing in its second half, holds interest as it amusingly considers how an act so simple for some can be so tricky for others.
  2. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Aug 19, 2014
    30
    There's a lot of potential in the idea of exploring asexuality in the modern world, but The Olivia Experiment loses it in a sea of clichéd characters.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Aug 21, 2014
    20
    While its provocative themes certainly bear exploring in our sex-obsessed societal landscape, The Olivia Experiment is too superficial and cliche-ridden to make them resonate, and its attempts at humor fall thuddingly flat.

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