Movie review: Hysteria

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It’s a fun and enjoyable movie that is probably best left as a rental.

Tanya Wexler, the director of “Hysteria”, gracefully walked a fine line between humor and obscenity.

I’m a big fan of historical period-pieces. As such vI’d give this movie a passing grade only because, from what I’ve learned, they did a good job of capturing the essence of the period which is the most important thing. Yes, there really was a Dr. Joseph Mortimer Granville who was instrumental in the development of the vibrator. And yes doctors did regularly massage women’s genitalia to achieve “hysterical paroxysms” as a treatment for many general maladies. Besides that I’m not sure if any of the specifics in this story are true. But that can generally be over looked.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal was perfectly cast to play the role of the progressive English lady. I thought the rest of the cast was just so-so.

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