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Joy of Sex (1984)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  3 August 1984 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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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 <>

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Somewhere between Virginity and Senility lies Paradise.


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

3 August 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's The Joy of Sex  »

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Miguel A. Núñez Jr.'s film debut. See more »


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 »


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


Written by Harold Payne and Clydene Jackson
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this movie was based on the book.
3 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this movie was based on the book, "the joy of sex." who were the geniuses that came up with this one? how did this movie even get the go ahead? have you read "the joy of sex"? there's no plot. no. plot. what? it's not like it's a story. i mean, trying to turn "one flew over the cuckoos nest" was a horrid idea. that movie was pretty lame. but at least there was a story there, in both the book and the film. but, that's not the movie in question. i forgot what i was talking about. i didn't much like that movie "phone booth" either. that had a lot of plot holes. good burger is a great film, though. maybe i'll go and talk about that one for a while.. this movie was actually pretty good.

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