Heavy Petting (1989)

R  |   |  Documentary  |  22 September 1989 (USA)
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Celebrity confessions about their first sexual experiences.


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HEAVY PETTING is a hilarious and salacious exploration of the sexual mores of the 50's as seen through the eyes of a generation that lived through the Sexual Revolution. Creative baby boomers-- including musician David Byrne, performance artist Spalding Gray, comedian Sandra Bernhard, radical activist Abbie Hoffman, and poet Allen Ginsberg-- candidly recall their sexual coming-f-age tales in intimate interviews. Joyously campy and refreshingly carefree, HEAVY PETTING blends humorous, unbelievable footage of unhelpful sex-ed films with classic snippets of THE WILD ONE and Elvis' hip gyrations, not to mention Bernhard talking about playing "doctor", always observant Ginsberg on a disastrous encounter with a girl, and Byrne on the childhood myths of masturbation. Eternal mysteries such as the female orgasm, the universal appeal of Marilyn Monroe, and the rituals of high school are laid bare by this lovable group of characters. Written by aitnyc@aol.com

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Great Fun!!
5 June 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Along with "The Atomic Cafe", "The Beat Generation: An American Dream" and Ron Mann's "Twist", this would have to be one of my favorite docos about 1950s America. Celebrities talk about their (and general) sex habits in that wonderful era of hope and promise for the future and paranoia for the present. David Byrne, Sandra Bernhard, Josh Mostel, and many others including William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg are on hand to put in their two-cents worth and provide some pretty raunchy personal information....especially John Mostel's circle jerk story. We also see snippets of Hollywood movies, sex education and behavior films like "Dating Dos and Don'ts" and other stuff. All this and a great rock'n'roll soundtrack makes the 75 minutes roll by much too quickly. Don't miss this one. Released on video by Fox Lorber. Too cool!!

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