Many cultures have a more relaxed attitude towards such things but even most of them have taboos based on some outdated notions. As a documentary, the show left me with a lot of unanswered questions; more than it answered in the first place to be honest, but it seemed fairly straightforward I've heard it claimed as staged but I think that those claims aren't well supported. Middle-aged married couple James and Theresa come off the most sympathetically. Ultimately, it's the producers' willingness to let such plot twists speak for themselves that distinguishes the film from other treatments of the same subject. So, to me at least, it appeared like the couples shown were like most people; insulated, insecure and hypocritical although not to a degree more so than anyone else. The show was an interesting one and I felt like a voyeur the whole time but I can see its appeal to people, regardless of how the people looked. Dillard A documentary about non-monogamous heterosexual relationships, Sex With Strangers can't escape at least a tinge of prurience. It lasted about the length of a full feature movie and the production values, as well as extras, were pretty worthwhile. More often than not, though, it's the disconnect between theory and reality that best illuminates these nontraditional lives. Despite her joyless demeanor, sex-abuse survivor Shannon remains the most fascinating interviewee even before husband Gerard's shenanigans send her to a mental hospital. As they jointly navigate the world of swingers, their relationship with each other remains front and center. Societal norms being what they are, many of us have hang-ups about sexual matters. Despite moderate production values and a few glaring gaps in continuity, Sex With Strangers proves a fascinating look at an unusual topic. Now if this were truly all that took place, it'd be a very short documentary and not all that interesting. While it could be argued that they weren't overly erotic, if you like seeing strangers have sex and discuss the issues of the lifestyle, the extra footage was interesting. Gerard and Shannon, the younger married couple, emerge somewhere in the middle.