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Joy of Sex (1984)

Teenager Leslie Hindenberg, mistakenly believing she has just weeks to live, decides she will lose her virginity before she dies. Meanwhile, hormone-crazed Alan Holt pursues some sex for ... See full summary »

Director:

Martha Coolidge

Writers:

Kathleen Rowell (screenplay), J.J. Salter (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Dye ... Alan Holt
Michelle Meyrink ... Leslie Hindenberg
Colleen Camp ... Liz Sampson
Ernie Hudson ... Mr. Porter
Lisa Langlois ... Melanie
Charles Van Eman Charles Van Eman ... Max Holt
Joanne Baron ... Miss Post
Darren Dalton ... Ed Ingalls
Heidi Holicker ... Candy
Cristen Kauffman Cristen Kauffman ... Sharon
David H. MacDonald David H. MacDonald ... Ernie Carpenter
Paul Tulley ... Ted
Joe Unger ... Mr. Ranada
Christopher Lloyd ... Coach Hindenberg
Conni Marie Brazelton ... Allison
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Storyline

Teenager Leslie Hindenberg, mistakenly believing she has just weeks to live, decides she will lose her virginity before she dies. Meanwhile, hormone-crazed Alan Holt pursues some sex for himself, with predictable results. Written by Aaron Teitlebaum <aaront@norden1.com>

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Taglines:

Somewhere between Virginity and Senility lies Paradise.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's the Joy of Sex: A Dirty Love Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,913,001, 5 August 1984

Gross USA:

$4,463,841

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,463,841
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tim Matheson screentested for the part of Alan. See more »

Goofs

When getting a room to meet Inga, Alan is told to go to room 319 - the number on the door is shown clearly as Renato enters. When Carpenter later breaks down the door, it clearly says 302. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Leslie Hindenberg: Today is the first day of school.
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Featured in Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

You Never Call
Written by Joey Harris
Performed by Joey Harris & the Speedsters
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc. and RDM Records - A Division of Brighton Music Corp.
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A typical teen sex flick that is shallow on laughs and devoid of sex.
12 November 2001 | by joseppi-2See all my reviews

If one sat down to watch a movie called "The Joy of Sex", you'd at least think there were some steamy sex sequences therein. Surprisingly, that is the main thing that's missing from the film. Look quick and you may catch one topless girl in a mob running by toward the end of the picture, the film's sole nude sequence. The sex scenes we do see are obscured from view half the time and most of which is left up to imagination. And surprisingly the film still bares an "R" rating, primarily for language and content. But what would be considered as the naughty sexual content in this film is no more risque that what I've seen in other PG and PG-13 rated films currently in the theater and in new release at the video store. Boy the times have changed. Suddenly in the late 90's and the new millennium we can almost get away with just about any innuendos these days.

Not too many highlights in the film. The laughs are few and far between. The film features the attractive Colleen Camp who is squandered in this opportunity. She receives far little film time as an undercover cop masquerading as the new hot girl in class at the high school where the film is based. Robert Prescott ("Bachelor Party" and "Real Genius") has a few humorous moments as a class clown, but not enough. The only real bright spot of the film is Christopher Lloyd as Coach Hindenberg. Lloyd's deadpan delivery never fails to win a laugh or two, but Lloyd can't support what is an unremarkable cast and a less than average teen sex comedy. The film is also known as "National Lampoon's: The Joy of Sex." Save you money and time. Rent "Animal House" instead.


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