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‘Hysteria’ Is Hysterically Funny

Fri, May 18, 2012 12:01am EDT by Add first Comment
Hysteria Movie Review

HollywoodLifers, get yourselves to the theater — This hilarious British comedy about the invention of the vibrator is this weekend’s can’t-miss flick!

Based in the Victorian era, Hysteria is the story about the invention of the vibrator with a twist. During a time when women were not allowed to be sexually liberated, they were often diagnosed with having a medical condition called hysteria. The condition was often treated by massage, and later, through the use of vibrators.

Here are three reasons to go see Hysteria this weekend:

1. Dr. Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) is a doctor who has always wanted to practice medicine. After working at numerous hospitals, only to find many aren’t progressing with modern medicine; he finds himself treating women with cases of hysteria. Throughout the movie, Mortimer often struggles between doing the right thing and doing what is easy.

2. Watching a liberated Charlotte Darlymple (Maggie Gyllenhaal), it’s easy to forget that at one time women weren’t allowed the rights we have in modern society. Charlotte is a young, feisty woman who has chosen to give her life to helping others, much to the dismay of others around her. She often stands alone, and is not afraid to.

“I think it would have been incredibly difficult to survive if you were actually like that back then,” said Maggie in March at a press conference about her character, Charlotte.

3. Hysteria is a romantic comedy that will have you laughing from beginning to end. The characters are interestingly funny — between Mortimer’s good friend Edmund St. John-Smythe (Rupert Everett), and scenes of women being treated for hysteria — you’ll have lots of laughs.

Be sure to see Hysteria when it hits theaters May 18!

— Jasmine Berry