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The Seniors (1978)

R | | Comedy | 30 June 1978 (USA)
Four students open a bogus sex clinic for cheap thrills and then are amazed to see it blossom into a profitable business.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Larry
... Ben
... Alan
... Steve
Rocky Flintermann ... Arnold
... Sylvia
... Professor Heigner
... The Banker
... Mr. Bleiffer
... The Inspector
... The Bishop
Lynn Cartwright ... Miss Creighton
... 1st Attorney
Troy Hoskins ... The Judge
Gerry Alexander
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Ben, Larry, Alan, and Steve are about to graduate from college. They are terrified of the prospect of actually having to work hard for a living, so they come up with a plan to support themselves as graduate research students by getting a foundation grant to study sexuality in college-age women. But despite their success at getting paid to bed down pretty girls, the work-load becomes too great, so they open the "study" to businessmen who pay to participate. Only a small mind would call it prostitution, and only a pessimist would think it could backfire.... Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Final film of Alan Reed. See more »

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The opening credits say starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Steve McQueen, Al Pacino, Burt Reynolds, Ryan O'Neal, Robert DiNiro, Clint Eastwood, Charles Bronson, and then an animated professor says "All these big stars, not one of them is in the picture." See more »

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Cheap American Sex Comedy
11 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

Four randy college clods looking to raise money for life after school decide to pose as sex researchers and open a phoney clinic. They get federal funding and use it to pay college girls for sex under the pretense of producing a study on their sexuality (which supposedly makes it respectable). When they can no longer keep up with the volume of sex they must engage in they become pimps charging other men money to have sex with the girls. It balloons into a million dollar business with bankers, local politicians and corrupt police also profiting. The four clods run afoul of these various powerful elements when they finally decide that the scheme is immoral.

This 1978 Dennis Quaid movie is pretty lewd. It also has one of Priscilla Barnes' first screen appearances making it another entry in that infamous series known as "Before-they-were stars" but other than that this movie mostly falls flat. At least it has better young actors in the main cast and solid veteran actors (like Alan Reed) in the supporting cast than most sexploitation flicks (which this pretty openly and unapologetically is) and is thus less of an ordeal to sit through.

Stanley Shapiro who wrote the script for the Doris Day/Rock Hudson movie PILLOW TALK also penned this one.

From a producers point of view a movie like this is a glowing success in that it performed well as an investment. From an auteur's perspective it is not a complete failure either in that what we see on screen is not completely unwatchable but I can't recommend it and very few critics have.

It is remnant of a time when some sexploitation and soft-core porn movies were disguised as scientific university case study or instructional films. Other such films like DAUGHTER OF THE SUN, MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM, THE NAKED APE and THE HARRAD EXPERIMENT proved lucrative through niche marketing in their time even though they purportedly played like high school social studies movies. This one seems to spoof the mentality of those and of what federal money can sometimes end up subsidizing.


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