Sex lies and dating
Graham propositions Cynthia to make an interview tape, assuring her that no other person is allowed to see the tapes. Cynthia reports doing a videotape with Graham back to Ann, who is horrified.
Later Cynthia also tells John about her videotape and he also reacts very negatively (though more than a little possessively).
Nine years after college Graham returns to visit and perhaps live in Baton Rouge. Later she learns that John has invited Graham to stay with them until he finds an apartment.
When John arrives home, Graham's demeanor becomes remarkably more guarded, due in large part to John's subtle disapproval of Graham's bohemian persona.
Soderbergh's commentary also reveals that he had written Andie Mac Dowell's role with Elizabeth Mc Govern in mind, but Mc Govern's agent disliked the script so much that Mc Govern never even got to read it.
Laura San Giacomo, who was represented by the same agency, had to threaten to leave that agency in order to be able to play Cynthia.
While visiting she notices stacks of camcorder videotapes, all with women's names on them around the television.
Ann starts touching and kissing Graham; Graham turns off the camera; it is implied that the two have sex. This statement makes Graham furious and he goes into a rage and destroys all of the videotapes, as well as his video camera.Ann then goes to Graham's place and joins Graham on the front porch, as they appear to be a couple.The film was written by Steven Soderbergh in eight days on a yellow legal pad during a cross country trip (although, as Soderbergh points out in his DVD commentary track, he had been thinking about the film for a year).Cynthia presses Graham to explain what incident "spooked" Ann the preceding day.Graham briefly and reluctantly explains the sexual interview videotapes, and admits to Cynthia his sexual dysfunction: that he is impotent when in the presence of another person, and that he achieves gratification by watching these videos in private.
The film won the Palme d'Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival, and was influential in revolutionizing the independent film movement in the early 1990s.