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Joy of Sex (1984)

Teenager Leslie Hindenberg, mistakenly believing she has just weeks to live, decides she will lose her virginity before she dies. Meanwhile, hormone-crazed Alan Holt pursues some sex for ... See full summary »

Director:

Martha Coolidge

Writers:

Kathleen Rowell (screenplay), J.J. Salter (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Dye ... Alan Holt
Michelle Meyrink ... Leslie Hindenberg
Colleen Camp ... Liz Sampson
Ernie Hudson ... Mr. Porter
Lisa Langlois ... Melanie
Charles Van Eman Charles Van Eman ... Max Holt
Joanne Baron ... Miss Post
Darren Dalton ... Ed Ingalls
Heidi Holicker ... Candy
Cristen Kauffman Cristen Kauffman ... Sharon
David H. MacDonald David H. MacDonald ... Ernie Carpenter
Paul Tulley ... Ted
Joe Unger ... Mr. Ranada
Christopher Lloyd ... Coach Hindenberg
Conni Marie Brazelton ... Allison
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Storyline

Teenager Leslie Hindenberg, mistakenly believing she has just weeks to live, decides she will lose her virginity before she dies. Meanwhile, hormone-crazed Alan Holt pursues some sex for himself, with predictable results. Written by Aaron Teitlebaum <aaront@norden1.com>

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Taglines:

Somewhere between Virginity and Senility lies Paradise.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's the Joy of Sex: A Dirty Love Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,913,001, 5 August 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,463,841
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the mid 1970s, Paramount Pictures paid a great amount of money to secure the rights to Alex Comfort's sex manual The Joy of Sex, just so they could use the title, which they found to be highly commercial. In 1978, they hired Charles Grodin to write a script, telling him the movie "could be about anything". Grodin decided to use this exact situation as the premise: a Hollywood writer struggles to write a script based on a sex manual after a big studio acquires the rights. When he finished his first draft, Paramount passed. Grodin finally managed to get his screenplay green lit by MGM as Movers & Shakers (1985). Note that in that movie, the sex manual is called "Joy In Sex". See more »

Goofs

When getting a room to meet Inga, Alan is told to go to room 319 - the number on the door is shown clearly as Renato enters. When Carpenter later breaks down the door, it clearly says 302. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Leslie Hindenberg: Today is the first day of school.
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Connections

Featured in Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Made for Each Other
Written by Joey Harris & Bruce Donnelly
Performed by Joey Harris & the Speedsters
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc. and RDM Records - A Division of Brighton Music Corp.
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I haven't seen a worse movie in quite some time.
26 December 1998 | by sapienzaSee all my reviews

This movie pulled out none of the stops. 80s High School movies aren't usually this painful to watch. The story had potential to be a fun High School movie, but fell far short of the mark. If it weren't for the fact that I couldn't sleep and it's the only thing on TV, I wouldn't have seen it -- and right now I wish I could have gone with my first impulse and given those sleeping pills a shot.


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