In a week in which Egypt convulsed with political rage and the Motor City came to a sputtering halt the mania over a cute, but immediately insignificant story is deeply disturbing for what it does to the news media.
You’ve probably heard this story before: An uptight but well-meaning professional slowly but surely falls in love with his boss’ sharp-tongued, fiercely independent daughter. Such is the premise of Tanya Wexler’s newest film, “Hysteria,” starring Hugh Dancy and Maggie Gyllenhaal as the reluctant lovers. The catch? Set in Victorian England, Wexler’s uproarious film boasts an unlikely historical backbone that most romantic comedies lack: the invention of the vibrator by Dancy’s character, Dr. Mortimer Granville.
Feminism, medicine, science and technology collide in Tanya Wexler’s “Hysteria,” a romantic comedy centered on the unlikely origins of the world’s most ubiquitous sex toy–the vibrator.