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Film / Zerophilia

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A 2005 romantic comedy directed by Martin Curland that has a young man (Taylor Handley), who is insecure about his masculinity, has to solve a mystery behind his rare genetic condition that changes him from male to female whenever he is aroused, complicating his love life.

The movie also stars Gina Bellman, Kyle Schmid, Kelly LeBrock, Adam Zolotin, and Marieh Delfino.

It was released on October 26, 2005 in Sao Paulo and October 13, 2006 in the US.


Tropes for the film:

  • Gender Bender: The movie concerns Luke, a young man who obtains the rare Z chromosome after a sexual encounter with a mysterious young woman which turns him into a zerophiliac, a person whose sex changes with the act of sex (either by your lonesome or with another person). Sex with another zerophile induces mode locking.
  • Gender-Bender Friendship: the plot is about a genetic condition that switches people's genders after sex, in the end the hero/heroine discovers his girlfriend/friend and boyfriend/rival are the same person.
  • Sex Shifter: A person with an extra Z chromosome will change gender after an orgasm. By having sex with another zerophiliac, he/she will be mode locked into the opposite gender what he/she was before then. The movie follows Luke, who has this condition and goges by the name Luca as a girl, pretending to be his own cousin. He/she eventually gets tricked into being stuck as Luca. Fortunately, his girlfriend Michelle and her brother Max are actually the same person, so their relationship works out.
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  • Shapeshifting Squick: Luke finds out he's got a rare genetic disorder that allows him to change gender at will. This makes for some awkward comedy when he starts to like a girl whose brother starts to like Luke's girl-self. Luckily, it turns out that Michelle and her brother Max are one and the same, another zerophiliac, and the two all live happily ever both-genders after.