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Film / Dr. Jekyll & Ms. Hyde

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Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde is a 1995 British-American comedy movie inspired by Robert Stevenson's horror story, with the twist of a power-hungry female alter-ego, instead of just an evil side. The film stars Tim Daly as Jekyll and Sean Young as Hyde.

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  • All Men Are Perverts: Helen's alure attracts every man in the office she works in, even attracting the attention of the homosexual Yves (much to his confusion).
  • All Women Are Lustful: Helen Hyde. Mostly to get her way on top.
  • Caught on Tape: Richard is unable to convince Sarah that he and Helen are the same person — until he shows her the security footage from his laboratory, which catches him mid-transformation.
    Richard: The next time I tell you I'm a woman, just take my word for it, okay?
  • Camp Gay: Yves DuBois.
  • Covers Always Lie: With the look he's giving on the poster, one could be forgiven in thinking that Richard is the evil one.
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  • Driven to Suicide: Richard attempts to slit his wrists with a knife when faced with the possibility that Helen could take over permanently. He's unable to handle the pain, and stops.
  • Gender Bender
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: They managed to get away with a lot while staying with a PG-13 rating, such as Sean Young briefly appearing topless, an obvious penis bulge and a visible erection.
  • Groin Attack: Sarah jams the syringe of antidote right near Helen Hyde's vagina. Helen also slams a desk drawer into a man's groin.
  • Humiliation Conga:
    • After being injected with the cure, Hyde gets facial stubble, then a full mustache, grows an erected penis, her breasts deflate, and she finally reverts back to Jekyll in front of a conference for the launch of a new perfume.
    • Also throughout the movie, Richard's colleague Pete goes through a painful humiliation conga from Helen's actions. She slams a desk drawer into his groin, puts acid into his experimental aftershave causing him to burn his face and finally electrocutes him by messing with a car's electrical system.
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  • Ignoring by Singing: Done during one of Richard Jacks's attempts to explain his plight to Sarah.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Naturally.
  • Plot Hole: After being cured, Richard reaches under his cocktail dress and removes a lacy black thong; he tosses it aside in disgust, exclaiming "Helen and her damn thongs!" The problem is, Helen arrived at the event wearing Richard's clothing, and stole her entire outfit off a woman in the lobby. Did she steal her underwear, too?
  • No Bisexuals: Yves, who's gay, is completely confused when he's attracted to Helen Hyde (and they have sex). At the end when she turns back into Richard, he's relieved, because it means he isn't turning into a heterosexual. The idea he might be just bisexual apparently never occurs to him.
  • Raging Stiffie: After being injected with the cure, Richard's penis springs up between Helen's legs.
    Sarah: (laughing) Oh Richard.
  • Sex Shifter: The film takes the old Jekyll-and-Hyde story to another level by making Jekyll male and Hyde female.
  • Spiritual Successor: To the 1971 Hammer Horror film Doctor Jekyll and Sister Hyde.
  • Spit Take
  • Split-Personality Takeover: As time goes on, Helen starts taking over Richard more and more frequently and for longer intervals. Unlike in the original story, however, he's able to prevent a full-blown takeover in the end.
  • The Vamp: Helen Hyde.


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