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Mau Mau Sex Sex (2000)
by Donald Guarisco review

This documentary offers plenty of amusing moments but sadly falls short of being truly satisfying. The main problem with Mau Mau Sex Sex is that it fails to truly dig deeply into its subject: both Dan Sonney and David Friedman are given plenty of room to talk but the viewer is never allowed any true insight into what drove the men into this kind of work, how it impacted their lives or how they feel about the impact of the curious cinematic legacy they have left behind. A slick approach to this slender material might have disguised its lack of depth but Mau Mau Sex Sex is cobbled together in as rough a fashion as the films it chronicles. Despite these problems, Mau Mau Sex Sex remains worth the time for fans of oddball filmmaking thanks to the lively contributions of Sonney and Friedman: the aging duo exchanges razor-sharp banter like a polished comedy team and dish out plenty of fantastic anecdotes about life in the exploitation film world. The film also benefits from the wry insights of Frank Henenlotter, a filmmaker (Basket Case) and trash-movie historian who delivers some surprisingly insightful analyses of the films that Sonney and Friedman produced. In short, Mau Mau Sex Sex lacks the insight and slickness a more thorough documentary might have brought to this material but it offers an interesting thumbnail of its unusual subject.