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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Sex Comedies

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Sex if funny… and sometimes just plain goofy! What better way to mix the two with a good ol’ fashioned sex comedy. That is exactly what they do in the new WARNER BROS. movie HALL PASS. And since we here at WAMG appreciate a well done sex comedy, we bring you

Honorable Mention: THE SURE THING

In 1985 actor turned director Rob Reiner chose to make his second feature film (after the “mockumentary” THIS IS SPINAL TAP) a more conventional narrative comedy. Specifically the teen sex comedy, but with a twist. He would combine this with a “love on the open road” theme ala IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT. This forms the structure of THE SURE THING. ‘ Gib’ (John Cusack) hears from his California based buddy Lance (Anthony Edwards) that his blond neighbor is a “sure thing”. Embarking on this cross-country trek West, Gib acquires the up-tight Alison (Daphne Zuniga) as a traveling companion. She’s headed West to visit her boyfriend. The two bicker as they encounter many strange people (including a very square Tim Robbins) and have lots of wild adventures. They finally arrive in sun-drenched California, but things have changed after this trip. Alison’s reunion with her beau is lacking something. Gib finds that the blond beauty (Nicollette Sheridan) is all that Lance described, but he can’t connect with her. Looks like something happened on the way there between the two travelers. THE SURE THING’s main premise may be the pursuit of wild, carnal fun but the final message is about making that unexpected emotional connection with that special someone.

10. THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH

THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH (1955) was written and directed by Billy Wilder, one of the greatest comical filmmakers of all time. The film stars Tom Ewell as Richard Sherman (already a subtle play on the theme), a faithful husband and father staying behind in New York as his family goes away for summer vacation. The story is one of sexual tension, exacerbated by an unbearably hot summer and Sherman without air conditioning. At first, Sherman is ecstatic about his temporary slice of the bachelor life, but he vows not to succumb to the immoral extra-marital trends of his fellow married men… that is, until he meets “The Girl” played by Marilyn Monroe. Between the heat of summer air and the heat of the blond bombshell upstairs, Sherman struggles to maintain his faithfulness, inspiring hilarious antics and many unforgettable scenes.

09. ZACK & MIRI MAKE A PORNO

Written and directed by one of the most controversial directors/producers, and somewhat expert on all things sex, Kevin Smith takes a fairly behind closed doors subject out into the mainstream. Starring Seth Rogen (THE GREEN HORNET, OBSERVE AND REPORT) as Zack and Elizabeth Banks (ROLE MODELS, SLITHER) as Miri, are roommates and best friends that find themselves at a crossroads of their lives between a ten year class reunion looming and impending poverty. Faced with the reality of their situation, they decide that making an adult film together is the only way out of their imminent crisis, an idea that was planted in the mind of Zack at the reunion by an unexpected boyfriend of one of the most popular people in the class.Despite the graphic sexuality and the plot around a porn flick, an inspired romance evolves for the main characters and turns out to have charming moments of friends turned lovers.

08. THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN

Let’s take a trip back to the 1980s. 1982 to be exact. Because of the success of the Porky’s series, teen films were going from the horror/stalker flicks to “hey guys, let’s get lucky” sex comedies. As Siskel and Ebert remarked on their old movie review TV show, ” The dead teenager has been replaced by the horny teenager”. On of the best remembered examples of this genre is THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN directed by Boaz Davidson ( and actually based on the Israeli “Lemon Popsicle film series ). Here we have the popular trio of randy young guys seen earlier in films like SUMMER OF ’42 and MY TUDOR. There’s the sensitive, shy hero ( the title virgin ) Gary, the brooding, worldly tough guy Rick, and the funny, chunky doofus David. Gary yearns for the good girl Karen ( BETTER OFF DEAD’s Diane Franklin ) while she drifts into the arms of Rick. Along the way Gary almost gives in to the charms of the quirky Rose while all three pay a visit to a very friendly mature buxom blond Carmela. By the end of the film the guys learn much about life the pursuit of love. Thanks to it’s 80s music and fashions this prototype “bromance”  comedy can still deliver big laughs.

07. SOME LIKE IT HOT

Not only a great movie sex comedy, but according to some ( particularly the American Film Institute ) the greatest movie comedy ever. Billy Wilder’s SOME LIKE IT HOT centers on two struggling musicians, Joe ( Tony Curtis ) and Jerry ( Jack Lemmon ) who are accidental witnesses to the 1929 Valentine’s Day massacre in Chicago. Fleeing the mobsters ( lead by veteran movie tough guy George Raft ), they find their only way out of town is to dress up as ladies and join an all girl band on a train bound for Florida. Things get even more complicated when the boys encounter the band’s lead singer Sugar Kane ( Marilyn Monroe ). In Florida, Joe decides to go from the drag disguise to a male millionaire persona to woo Sugar ( complete with a Cary Grant impression ), while Jerry attracts the charms of a real tycoon, Osgood Fielding III ( Joe E. Brown ). Hilarity ensues as the boys try not to yield to temptations as the gangsters and a G-man ( Pat O’Brien ) close in on the beach resort. Tony’s super suave, Jack’s a frenetic, leering riot, and Marilyn is at her sexy, voluptuous best. The film ends with perhaps the greatest final line of dialogue ever,”Well, nobody’s perfect!”. In the world of comedy cinema this comes very close to absolute perfection.

06. EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX… *BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK

Just before Woody Allen began his march towards huge critical acclaim with ANNIE HALL and a definite move towards more serious work he put out EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX* BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK. It’s an inconsistent but interesting 7-part anthology film that challenges sexual boundaries in an irreverent manner without ever feeling too outrageous or graphic. Four of the episodes really stand out: Lynn Redgrave as a horny Queen with a chastity belt and Woody Allen as the Fool trying to remove it; Gene Wilder and his affair with a sheep; the ‘What’s My Perversion?’ TV program; and, best of all, the final sketch where Woody is a sperm about to be fired into a woman on a first date. The “rampaging giant boob” segment of the film is a satire of monster movies that I hope is someday turned into a feature film.

05. PORKY’S

PORKY’S (1982) was written and directed by Bob Clark. True, Bob’s the guy who brought us A CHRISTMAS STORY, so it may seem quite a reversal, but in fact it’s not. Bob’s talents often leaned toward the more taboo subjects. PORKY’S is just a different perspective of growing up in the 1950′s following a group of teenagers who set out to lose their virginity. What begins as a grand plan to become men, these high school boys find themselves the butt of the joke, harassed by sleazy strip club owner and his brother, the Sheriff. In an effort to redeem their self-respect, the boys strike out for revenge against their harassers. The film is a modern classic, funny and mildly raunchy, both reminiscent and ridiculous. While the film was cast with mostly unknowns, we are treated to an early — and steamy — performance from SEX AND THE CITY’s Kim Cattrall.

04. RISKY BUSINESS

RISKY BUSINESS is a funny film about your not-so-average teen problems that doesn’t stop short of exploring dark themes. It stars Tom Cruise in one of his best early performances and the role that shot him to stardom. A Chicago teenager, Joel (Cruise), is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand and he gets more than he bargained for. A fun weekend goes south when his father’s prized Porsche accidentally dumps into Lake Michigan and Joel finds himself needing lots of money for the repairs. It’s the creative way he, his friend Miles and prostitute Rebecca De Mornay go about raising the cash that made RISKY BUSINESS one of the best films from 1983.

03. CARNAL KNOWLEDGE

CARNAL KNOWLEDGE (1971) is an often funny, but mostly sobering drama about the sex lives of two college roommates. Jack Nicholson is Jonathan, who hates women but can’t do without them. Nicholson is charismatic and smart in his role, showing the misery at the heart of a cynic. Art Garfunkel is Sandy, desperate for a chance to cop some action from the opposite sex and unable to stand up to his abusive friend. Ann-Margaret and Candice Bergen are the two central women in their lives. Cartoonist Jules Feiffer wrote the extraordinarily dark script and it was directed by Mike Nichols. CARNAL KNOWLEDGE was kind of a big deal upon its initial release, controversial and groundbreaking in its frank discussions of sex, but somewhat forgotten today. It’s one of the best films from the seventies, and a very realistic film about love, sex, relationships, lust, greed, and backstabbing your friends to get at their women.

02. 40-YEAR OLD VIRGIN

After making a name for himself with the critically adored (but low rated) TV shows Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, Judd Apatow made his film directing debut with THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN  based on the script he penned with star Steve Carell. While audiences may have been expecting a wild sex comedy romp they also got a sweet love story and a side plot that would later be dubbed a “bromance”. Carell plays a like-able, nerdy guy name Andy Stitzer. One night at a poker game with his Smart Tech co-workers (Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, and Seth Rogan) his secret his revealed. Andy’s gotten close many times, but he’s never “sealed the deal.” He’s mortified, while his pals decide to make it their mission to help him. They try to improve Andy’s chances with the ladies by taking him to get his opulent chest hair waxed (Carell insists this hysterical scene is real) and going to a speed-dating seminar. After many interesting encounters with several ladies (Leslie Mann as a drunken party gal, Elizabeth Banks as a frisky book store pick-up, and Jane Lynch as his very-eager-to help-out supervisor at work), Andy makes a connection with single mom Trish (Catherine Keener). But it turns out that she is in no hurry to rush into the physical stuff. What will Andy do? And what would happen if Trish finds out about his secret? THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN is an ode to the support system that guys will form when a buddy’s down and how finding the right partner can make your spirit sing and cause the clouds to part and “let the sunshine in.”

01. AMERICAN PIE

Ushering in the new millennium with a bang, AMERICAN PIE (written by Adam Herz and directed by Paul Weitz) set off the 1999 summer season with a new type of sex romp. With now recognizable stars such as Jason Biggs, Alyson Hanningan, and Shannon Elizabeth, prom night is quickly approaching for a group of young men and also the end of their high school experience. So, they make a pact to lose their virginity by prom come hell or high water. They explore options from foreign exchange students, friend’s mom’s, and even the unassuming band camp member. This film also has some of the most quotable lines from any movie that decade that one will never forget. It is hilariously shocking at times, funny as hell, and American as apple pie.

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  2. Chandana

    April 26, 2011 at 12:23 am

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  5. RBlaine

    September 30, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    This is a good list. I see that AMERICAN PIE made No. 1. Soon to be on this list, is a film that was released today, Sept. 30, 2011, THE POOL BOYS. From the makers of AMERICAN PIE, this film is even more hilarious, and far more sexy, than AP. Matt Lillard and Rachelle Lefevre are terrific, and the film is filled with guest stars like Tom Arnold, George Takei, Robert Davi and John Billingsley. Check out the details on The Pool Boys Facebook page!

  6. RBlaine

    October 22, 2011 at 1:16 am

    With Halloween coming up, what better film to watch than the funniest, and sexiest, film of 2011? The Hollywood Premiere was a few weeks ago, and it was awesome! The audience at Grauman’s laughed so much, you could barely hear the soundtrack.

    Now you can watch the film whenever you want; just go to Movies On Demand and call it up. Go to THE POOL BOYS Facebook page and take a look at the amazing photos from that hot Red Carpet night.

    • FGalvin

      October 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm

      Gotta agree with you, RBlaine, The Pool Boys was one of the funniest films I have seen, and I would include it on any great comedy of 2011. Will it go on to be on someone’s all-time best comedy list? I hope so. More people need to see it.

      The performances are all fantastic and there some some babes galore. The Pool Boys deserves to go on an all-time best list, and it’ll be on mine. I saw this on PPV On Demand, so everyone should check it out.

      • Filmgeekster

        February 9, 2012 at 10:12 pm

        FGalvin and RBlaine, you are both right on the money! Just saw the Pool Boys for rent on iTunes and it was fantastic! Incredibly funny with a terrific cast. I had just seen Matt Lillard in The Descendants, and he was really funny here. It’s on Blu Ray from Amazon, as well.

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  8. James

    April 5, 2012 at 2:52 am

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    April 9, 2012 at 1:23 am

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    April 25, 2012 at 3:44 am

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