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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 <aaront@norden1.com>

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Somewhere between Virginity and Senility lies Paradise.

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National Lampoon's The Joy of Sex  »

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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 »

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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 »

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Leslie Hindenberg: Today is the first day of school.
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Made for Each Other
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Alan, would you light my Bunsen burner?
28 July 2009 | by (somewhere in cyberspace) – See all my reviews

This film's low rating is not surprising, exactly, but it deserves better. Granted, it has suffered on several levels, from being tied to a title of a book that it had nothing to do with, to John Belushi's death prior to filming. All of this is unfortunate, as a lot of people go into this film expecting something that it was never meant to be. Plus, as someone noted, the poor editing certainly doesn't help.

All that aside, what we're left with is a pretty decent 80's teen comedy along the lines of Better Off Dead, Weird Science and The Last American Virgin. Though not as classic as the above titles, it shares a lot of the same elements, and has plenty to offer to fans of the genre: some great lines, some genuinely funny scenes, a flashback to that 80's American high school experience that's embarrassingly perceptive enough to still ring true, and the great underrated Michelle Meyrink.

It is seriously overdue for DVD release.


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