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Kathleen Rowell (screenplay) &
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Directed by
Martha Coolidge 
Writing credits
Kathleen Rowell (screenplay) &
J.J. Salter (screenplay)

Alex Comfort  book "The Joy of Sex" (uncredited)

Produced by
Frank Konigsberg .... producer
Original Music by
Bishop Holiday 
Scott Lipsker 
Harold Payne 
Cinematography by
Charles Correll (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Elias 
Ned Humphreys 
Allan Jacobs 
Casting by
Annette Benson 
Art Direction by
James J. Murakami  (as Jim Murakami)
Set Decoration by
Robert Gould  (as Bob Gould)
Makeup Department
Fred C. Blau Jr. .... makeup artist (as Fred Blau)
Brenda Good .... hair stylist
Lona Jeffers .... makeup artist (as Lona Mardock Jeffers)
Production Management
Jack Clements .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
R. Anthony Brown .... first assistant director (as Tony Brown)
Margo Gawelko .... dga trainee
Donald Heitzer .... first assistant director (as Don Heitzer)
Irwin Marcus .... second assistant director
Art Department
Bud Arbuckle .... construction coordinator
Frank Bellina .... assistant property master
Dominick Bruno .... property master
Dennis Cripps .... lead man
William D. Derham .... swing (as Bill Derham)
Bill Elliott .... leadman: set designer
Thomas Gark .... swing
Tommy Magglos .... assistant property master (as Tom Magglos)
Sound Department
Bob Biggart .... supervising sound editor
Steve Cantamessa .... boom operator
Don Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Lee Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Pat Mitchell .... sound mixer
Bill Thiederman .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
John R. Elliott .... special effects (as John Elliott)
Bob Bralver .... stunts (as Robert Bralver)
Steve M. Davison .... stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunts
Kenny Endoso .... stunt coordinator
Kenny Endoso .... stunts
Jack Gill .... stunts
Al Jones .... stunts
John Meier .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Roland Bell .... still photographer
John Earl Burnett .... second assistant camera: additional photography (as John Burnett)
Ed Cooper .... best boy electric
Clarence Ebert .... best boy grip
Norman Glasser .... gaffer (as Norm Glasser)
Dennis Harper .... key grip
Gene Jackson .... second assistant camera
David B. Nowell .... camera operator (as David Nowell)
John Orefice .... best boy electric
Robert Ortega .... company grip
Esiah Samarin .... company grip
Tom Sawyer .... dolly grip
Robert A. Torres .... first assistant camera (as Bob Torres)
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... casting: voice-over
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ken Harvey .... costumer: men
June Lynn Smith .... costumer: women
Guy C. Verhille .... costume supervisor (as Guy Verhille)
Editorial Department
Éva Gárdos .... supervising editor (as Eva Gardos)
Mark Newman .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Michael Beiriger .... scoring mixer (as Mike Beiriger)
Luis Cardenas .... music consultant
Bishop Holiday .... orchestrator
Michael Papale .... music consultant
Kim Richards .... music consultant
Stephen M. Rowe .... music editor (as Steve Rowe)
Chips Swanson .... music editor
Transportation Department
Frank Mejerski .... transportation coordinator
Stan Tomlinson .... transportation captain
Other crew
Mitch Carter .... voice-over
Nancy Cartwright .... voice-over
Judi M. Durand .... voice-over (as Judi Durand)
Gene Fioramonti .... location manager
Nedra Hainey .... assistant: Martha Coolidge
Barbara Harris .... voice-over (as Barbara Iley)
Michael Jarvis .... location manager
Marya Delia Javier .... consultant
Saul Kahan .... unit publicist
Tom Luse .... academy intern: AFI
David McCharen .... voice-over
Robert Morgan .... craft service (as Bob Morgan)
Paul Tinsley .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"National Lampoon's The Joy of Sex" - USA (complete title)
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93 min
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Did You Know?

Martha Coolidge had a dispute with the studio in the editing room. As a first-time filmmaker, she shot several scenes with gratuitous nudity, but chose to keep them out of the film during the cutting process. The studio disagreed and eventually fired her. Coolidge decided not to request an Alan Smithee credit, though she has said in interviews that she sometimes regrets that decision.See more »
Continuity: 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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002) (TV)See more »
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A typical teen sex flick that is shallow on laughs and devoid of sex., 12 November 2001
Author: joseppi-2 from Corning, NY

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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