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SUNDAY

You know him now as Sandy Cohen, the self-righteous, do-gooder dad on The OC. But 15 years ago, bushy-browed Peter Gallagher reeked sleaze as John Melaney in Steven Soderbergh’s sex, lies, and videotape. Callow and self-centered, Melaney cancels business meetings to get it on with his wife’s little sister, and his sins ultimately cost him both job and marriage. More embarrassingly, it prompts his prudish spouse (Andie MacDowell) to wax erotic on camera for his former college roommate, an impotent, vid-addicted voyeur (James Spader). Soderbergh’s seminal film was controversial by ’80s standards, but there’s virtually no nudity, and the sex is kept under blankets. So go ahead, bring Mom along to see Bad Sandy when the film screens as part of the American Film Institute’s Steven Soderbergh series at 6:50 p.m. (see Showtimes for other dates and a full schedule) at the AFI’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8.50. (301) 495-6700. (Chris Shott)