Robert Parigi, a producer of HBO's Tales of the Crypt, makes his directing debut with this sicko horror flick about a severe young man (Desmond Harrington) who divides his time between a crushingly drab job as a technical writer and a romance with a state-of-the-art sex doll. Melissa Sagemiller costars as a cute blond temp determined to seduce him. I was more willing to forgive that and other implausibilities once I realized this was a genre picture, but its grim ironies and mechanical climax aren't much of a payoff. With Udo Kier and Rip Torn. R, 84 min.
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