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Heavy Petting (1989)

Celebrity confessions about their first sexual experiences.

Directors:

Obie Benz, Joshua Waletzky (co-director) (as Josh Waletzky)

Writer:

Pierce Rafferty
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Cast

Credited cast:
David Byrne ... Himself
Frances Fisher ... Herself
Sandra Bernhard ... Herself
Allen Ginsberg ... Himself
Ann Magnuson ... Herself
Spalding Gray ... Himself
Josh Mostel ... Himself
Laurie Anderson ... Herself
John Oates ... Himself
Abbie Hoffman ... Himself
Jacki Ochs Jacki Ochs ... Herself
William S. Burroughs ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wayne Jobson ... Himself
Frederic Lahey Frederic Lahey ... Frederic Lahey
Paul Longendyke Paul Longendyke ... Himself
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Edukacja sentymentalna See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$272,371
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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first you get a little, then up a little...
27 December 2005 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

I guess it is up to us Australians commenting here (both of us) who want to tell you HEAVY PETTING is a very funny documentary. Barely released (no pun there) in 1989 and seen sometimes on a double feature with DIRTY DANCING, this look at sex hygiene and teen social short films of the 50s manages to be laugh out loud funny in between so called celebs offering smirking advice on how they first managed to grope, be groped or get a bra off a prom date. Probably teenagers will get the best from it, shrieking at seeing 50 year olds who look like their parents (or older) tell about their clumsy 1950s finger fests or worse, why they gave up after a few sessions. Much of the footage was already seen in LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL and is seen again in the dance DVD TWIST from 1992; Whilst reviewers in mainstream media might be deflated, this film plays fairly well to any audience. As a cinema owner of the 80s, it was a lot of fun to watch the teens in the crowd scream at the revelations from the wrinklies on screen. My summary above is a lyric from the 1933 Busby Berkely musical GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 sequence: the called PETTIN IN THE PARK which is also as risqué as anything seen in HEAVY PETTING


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