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At Theaters: 5/18/2012 On Video: 9/18/2012
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 35 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 599900
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
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This is the story of how one of the first electrical appliances in history to earn a patent sent sparks flying between a cautious man and a liberated woman, brought together by the wonders of friction.
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Comedy Romantic - Don't let the Victorian era setting fool you: this film is actually an often bawdy comedy about the invention of the vibrator. While language is at a minimum, the adult subject matter and sexual situations make the film strictly for adults. Fans of Hugh Dancy and Maggie Gyllenhaal will be pleased, but fans of other known stars such as Rupert Everett and Jonathan Pryce may be disappointed by their small roles.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Hugh Dancy MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, OUR IDIOT BROTHER
Maggie Gyllenhaal NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS, CRAZY HEART, AWAY WE GO
Jonathan Pryce BEDTIME STORIES, LEATHERHEADS, THE BROTHERS GRIMM
Felicity Jones LIKE CRAZY, CHERI
Rupert Everett STARDUST, SHREK 2, THE WILD THORNBERRYS
Director: Tanya Wexler THE DANCE, COOL SHOES
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About The Production
A Brief History of Hysteria (and Vibrators)
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PROFANITY: A few miscellaneous profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: Sexual situations without nudity; constant sex talk.
VIOLENCE: Some hits and bleeding wounds.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Verbal and physical sex gags.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average Hysteria relies on safe, predictable comedy for its laughs.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average Though its title has the ring of a horror movie, Hysteria is all about good vibrations.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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London, 1880. MORTIMER GRANVILLE (Hugh Dancy), a dedicated and forward-thinking young doctor, is struggling to establish his career. While Granville preaches sanitation and germ theory, the old guard of doctors clings to leeches and hacksaws, scoff at his upstart ideas, and show him the door.

Granville's fortunes change when he arrives for an interview at the well-appointed private offices of DR. ROBERT DALRYMPLE (Jonathan Pryce), London's leading specialist in women's medicine. Dalrymple has a thriving solo practice; indeed, his waiting room is overflowing with well-dressed women suffering "weeping, nymphomania, frigidity, melancholia, and anxiety" - afflictions of the female nervous system thought to stem from a disorder of the uterus known as "hysteria." Fortunately, enlightened medicine has shown that hysteria can be treated by relieving tensions within the womb, and Dalrymple's treatments are so successful that, as he explains to Granville, "another pair of hands" is his urgent need. Granville is hired on the spot.

Granville's improved lot in life makes him a worthy suitor for Dalrymple's daughter EMILY (Felicity Jones), whom Granville considers "the epitome of English virtue and womanliness" with her lovely face, demure manner, and artistic and intellectual accomplishments. As dutiful and proper a daughter as is Emily, her elder sister CHARLOTTE (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is the opposite: she's a firebrand social reformer, arguing passionately for women's rights to be educated, vote, and live independent lives unshackled by domestic drudgery. And yet, she works long and hard herself, running a settlement house for poor women and children in London's East End, dashing around London on her bicycle, cajoling her disapproving father for a bit more money to keep the coal furnace running and the schoolroom open. Dalrymple is dismayed by Charlotte's progressive views and lower-class associations; Charlotte is scornful of her father's medical practice that profits from, as she sees it, the imaginary problems of affluent women.

Although Granville is somewhat shocked by Charlotte's lack of propriety, he feels kinship with her conviction to help those in need. They snipe at each others' views, but he earns her grudging respect when he treats a poor settlement house woman with a broken ankle.

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