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Am I Normal?: A Film About Male Puberty (1979)

| Animation, Short, Comedy
13-year old Jimmy has a lot of questions about his changing body. His often hilarious search for answers uncovers the facts about male sexual development, and raises important issues about peer pressure and readiness to date.
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Joel Doolin ...
Jimmy
David Carr ...
Tony
John Perrigo ...
Barry
Jerry Gershman ...
Dad
Jennifer Adelson ...
Susie
Renee Miller ...
Librarian
Crystal Sylvester ...
Susie's Friend
Edward Sullivan ...
Zookeeper
Allen Brown
Lisa Carey
Ronald Coles
Valerie Diehl
Seth Doolin
Jon Leinbach
Isidore Levitt
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13-year old Jimmy has a lot of questions about his changing body. His often hilarious search for answers uncovers the facts about male sexual development, and raises important issues about peer pressure and readiness to date.

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Referenced in Dear Diary: A Film About Female Puberty (1981) See more »

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belongs on the list with "Some Like It Hot", "Duck Soup", "Airplane!" and "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"
21 November 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I remember watching "Am I Normal?" back in 6th grade. And the film still has a lasting effect on my friends and me. This film is supposed to be a film about male puberty, but it is so dated that it's hilarious. I can't even tell if it's trying to be funny, or this is actually how people of the 1970's acted. The film kept me in stitches - the story tells of a boy who is confused about puberty, so he goes on an journey of learning about the changes happening to him.

Consider the scene in which the boy is reading up on masturbation in a bathroom stall, and a classmate pokes his head over the stall door. "I know what you're doing in there!" says his friend. Or when the boy runs into the locker room, after having just been asked out by a girl, and uneasily declares to all the guys in the locker room, "Guys, I just had a hard-on in the hall. I just wanna know, am I normal?" Or, my personal favorite, when the boy runs up to the zookeeper and whispers a question in his ear; the zookeeper responds, "Well, son, you picked the right guy to ask, because on this job, I see a LOT of penises. Animal penises, that is."

This should be required viewing not just for 6th-graders learning about puberty, but for anyone who needs a good laugh. Unfortunately, it's pretty hard to find.


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