Sex, Lies, and Videotape is a 1989 movie that marked the directorial debut of Creator/StevenSoderbergh. It popularized indie movies and launched the careers of Andie Macdowell and James Spader.

The movie tells the story of an unhappily married couple, up-and-coming lawyer John (Peter Gallagher) and sweet, sexually repressed Ann (Macdowell). John's having a torrid affair with Ann's sister, extroverted Cynthia (Laura San Giacomo). Matters are complicated with the arrival of Graham (Spader), an old college friend of John's, an mysterious and sensitive man that collects interviews of women about their sexual experiences.

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!!This movie contains examples of:

* ADateWithRosiePalms: Watching the sex interviews is how Graham gets off. Also, several women masturbate for him, including Cynthia.
* {{Adorkable}}: Graham has little to no social filter, and both Ann and Cynthia refer to him as being weird or strange (and this is before his hobby is revealed). [[spoiler: His lack of a social filter is because he's a recovering pathological liar, so he always tells the truth]]
* {{Anorgasmia}}: The story starts off with Ann Bishop Mullany having never had an orgasm with her current partner.
* CannotTellALie: Graham doesn't lie. [[spoiler: This is because he's a recovering pathological liar.]]
* CantHaveSexEver: Graham feels he's in this situation when he comes to stay with Ann and John.
* CasanovaWannabe: the guy who's constantly hitting on Cynthia in her bar.
* CelibateHero
* DeadpanSnarker: The CasanovaWannabe barfly usually uses this technique to hit on Cynthia
* DeepSouth: takes place in Baton Rouge, LA
* DidTheyOrDidntThey: It's left up to the viewer to decide whether or not Graham had sex with Ann after his video confession.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Graham has this reaction when Ann turns the camera back onto him.
* DullEyesofUnhappiness: Both Graham and Ann have this going on.
* DysfunctionJunction
* EvilLawyerJoke: Lawyers as the lowest life form on Earth.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Completely and famously inverted. The hero and the heroine have dysfunctional sex lives. The antagonists have lots of great sex.
* HollywoodPersonalityDisorders: Graham was at one time (in the backstory) confident and hurtful (implied to have been something like a {{Narcissist}}), but in his past had a HeelRealization leading to [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone intense guilt]]. The result was a HeelFaceTurn that left him [[TheAtoner extremely afraid to even give himself the chance to hurt people]]. His actions after that, including when the film takes place, somewhat approximate Avoidant Personality Disorder, brought on by guilt. [[spoiler: He appears to end up cured at the end by ThePowerOfLove]]
* {{Jerkass}}: John
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Graham is impotent.
* MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat: Without even meeting him, Cynthia seems to immediately catches onto the fact that Ann is attracted to Graham.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: At different times, Laura San Giacomo's drawl wavers from either nonexistent[[note]]but at least without betraying her native Hoboken accent[[/note]] to a little overdone, at least compared to Andie [=McDowell=]'s consistent use of her own South Carolina accent.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Graham and John, respectively. They used to be more alike in college, but diverged wildly.
* SexIsInteresting
* SexlessMarriage: What John and Ann's marriage has come to.
* SexWithTheEx: Graham believes this will bring him some closure. Ann sees this as ridiculous and calls him out on it.
* SiblingRivalry: Good girl Ann versus slutty Cynthia.
* StepfordSmiler: Ann.
* TroubledButCute: Graham.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Ann and Graham, provided you're of the opinion that they don't have sex after his video confession.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: Ann.
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