Maggie Gyllenhaal's Vibrator Movie Is Totally Buzzworthy (VIDEO)

How does that saying go, never look a gift vibrator in the ... uh ... battery compartment? I'm not sure I have that exactly right, but Maggie Gyllenhaal certainly has a good thing going on right now—her latest movie has prompted fans to send her a collection of vibrators.

What, you think that's gross? Look, all I'm saying is that if starring in a movie occasionally results in gifts that are related to the movie's subject, I'm thinking promoting the movie that's all about female orgasm has some potential side benefits, if you know what I mean.


Gyllenhaal's latest film is called Hysteria, and it's billed as a rom-com. Instead of the usual treacly Katherine Heigl fare, however, Hysteria has an eyebrow-raising premise: the story covers the true 1880s story of how two London doctors (Hugh Dancy and Jonathan Pryce) invented the first vibrator while treating women suffering from female "hysteria"—a totally made-up term women used to be diagnosed with when they dared to experience strong emotions. (Hello, someone should have invented Ben & Jerry's back then, too.) Medical treatment for hysteria used to include manual pelvic massages, so the doctors came up with an electric version after experiencing, ahem, hand fatigue.

If the film is historically accurate, the world's first vibrator looked a lot more appropriate for cleaning rafters than stimulating a woman's womanly bits, but as the story goes, that crazy rotating feather duster (!!!) was a huge step in contributing to women's sexual independence.

The director, Tanya Wexler, says she gave everyone on the set their own vibrator, but that's nothing compared to the Gyllenhaal received (and paid forward):

By the time I finished the movie I'd been sent 15 vibrators by different people in London with vibrator stores. It was a pleasant surprise. So I have this incredible collection, and I actually use one or two of them. I lend them to my friends, and they'll take them for six months at a time.

Okay, a gift vibrator is one thing, but I have to say, I'm not 100 percent sure about a vibrator loaning system.

At any rate, I think Hysteria looks like a lot of fun. Take a look at the preview:

Now, obviously that was a very inappropriate treatment for a non-existing malady, but when you consider the often heartless machinations of our present-day health insurance system, I think there's something a little charming about a couple of doctors going the extra mile to dole out orgasm. You just know today you'd have to get a referral, and then only the foreplay would be covered.

What do you think about Hysteria? Will you see it?

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