Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tuesday Talkback: Sex comedy week - Day 2

Over the years, I've read a lot of sex comedy specs from both pros and amateurs. If there are two things they all had in common they were: 1) cheap titillation and 2) gross-out gags.

Yet here's the interesting thing - I can't recall ever reading a scene in one of these films that was genuinely titillating. In fact, I can't remember even seeing a truly titillating scene in one of these movies. There's plenty of cheap T&A in those flicks, but that's not what I'm talking about. Scenes of naked breasts, or girls in bikinis and lingerie might be appealing as eye candy, but usually those moments are so "in your face" as to be empty calories. The fact that I can't pick out a single scene that was truly sexy might seem to back that up.

Gross-out gags are another matter. I can think of plenty of scenes that rubbed me the wrong way in some major films. We're going to discuss gross-out gags tomorrow, so I don't want to get ahead of myself. However, I'll give a no-prize to anyone who correctly guesses both of the gross-out gags that still make me want to throw up in my mouth a little when I think about them. (A few have made me laugh, so you lose points if you pick one I liked and one I hated.)

And while you're at it - try to prove me wrong and tell me what you think the sexiest moments in sex comedy history are. Shoot for "genuinely sexy" and not just "hey, cheap excuse to show boobs!" If you agree with my conclusions, then do you think the lesson is that sex in general is window dressing in a sex comedy?


  1. I honestly can't really think of a good sex comedy that actually turned me on and wasn't just some stupid movie about bimbos and whores. Well, maybe I can name one-- "The Secretary" but that's more of a dark comedy. I found it arousing, even though it didn't have much nudity or sex, but it was a subtle message of arousal that really worked.

  2. "The 40 Year Old Virgin" was about sex but moreso about love, really sweet, and that is sexy to me.

  3. The first movie that came to my mind when you mentioned gross-out gags was Freddy Got Fingered. Between delivering a baby and cutting the umbilical cord with his teeth, jerking off a horse, jerking off an elephant, licking his friends protruding bone from his broken leg, I'm just not sure which makes me want to throw up more.

    On a sexier note, I thought The Girl Next Door was pretty damn sexy. However, that could be considered more of a drama than comedy by today's standards.

  4. For sexiest moment in a comedy, it HAS to go to Kim Basinger's liquorice scene in Wayne's World 2. God that was hot.

  5. “There’s Something About Mary” had a few gross out gags that worked.

    What one finds sexy is so subjective. I find women sexy very easily – even when it’s not the point.