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The Harrad Experiment (1973)

At Harrad College, where controversial coed living situations are established, the students are forced to confront their sexuality in ways that society previously shunned. Part of the ... See full summary »

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At Harrad College, where controversial coed living situations are established, the students are forced to confront their sexuality in ways that society previously shunned. Part of the experiment is to pair incompatible members of the opposite sex as roommates in order to make them shun the traditional concept of monogamy. The film's primary two "couples" are the sex-crazed Stanley and ultra-timid Sheila, and insecure Harry and liberated Beth. In charge of the "experiment" are Prof. Philip Tenhausen and his wife, Margaret, who seem to enjoy the tension they instigate, as well as the graphic sexual episodes that unfold. Written by alfiehitchie & tipsyheadrinse

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Go Gently
Music by Charles Fox
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Sung by Lori Lieberman
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Talk about dated!
20 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

I caught this on cable years ago. It was the full uncut version--I hear some of the DVD versions are edited.

Something about a bunch of students (among them a very young Don Johnson) going to college and experimenting with sex, sexuality and male/female sex roles. What was probably fascinating in the 1970s is laughably dated today. The "insights" are obvious, the characters are bland, the dialogue is priceless ("zoom") and the 70s hair and fashions are scary. Also the casual sex going on in this is unsettling in this day and age. It's not a good movie but I kept watching--it's so silly that it's kind of fun.

The only thing that made this bearable are the nude scenes. There is plenty of casual male and female nudity--more than you would see in any modern film. Don Johnson is nude quite a bit and there is full frontal of him--but back then he had long hair and wasn't exactly in the best of shape.

So if you want a few good laughs and some nudity (in the uncut version) tune in. But this is really not a good movie. I give it a 3.


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