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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 »

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Liz Sampson
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Mr. Porter
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Melanie
Charles Van Eman ...
Max Holt
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Miss Post
Darren Dalton ...
Ed Ingalls
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Candy
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Sharon
David H. MacDonald ...
Ernie Carpenter
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Ted
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Mr. Ranada
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Allison
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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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Somewhere between Virginity and Senility lies Paradise.

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Comedy | Romance

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3 August 1984 (USA)  »

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

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,913,001, 5 August 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,463,841
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Trivia

John Hughes wrote an early version of the script which consisted of several unrelated vignettes. Penny Marshall was offered to direct this version in early 1982. 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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Connections

Featured in Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002) See more »

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Dreams
Written by Harold Payne and Clydene Jackson
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A huge mess, but not devoid of highlights
27 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

This movie has several scenes that are very funny to watch interspersed with a lot of chaff. The director attempted to juggle far too many subplots, many of which are given short shrift in the mixed-up editing. In the end, it looks like one person directed about two films' worth of footage which was then thrown in a blender by another person to create the finished work. Names change from one scene to another, subplots are forgotten, characters are introduced only to be left by the wayside. All that aside, however, there are a few very funny scenes; the two main characters, both of whom spend the entire film trying to get laid (you'll never guess what happens at the end) are appealing.


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