The quest for sex. An emotional, mental and sometimes physical odyssey chronicled by decades in films. Teen sex comedies, free from the shackles of political correctness, run the gamut from being tasteless and unapologetically offensive, to nostalgic coming-of-age tales. Some of Hollywood’s most recognizable names got their starts in a world of T&A, sight gags and gross-out humor. Love them or loathe them, even the basest of the bunch include shared human experiences that post-pubescent moviegoers can relate to: friendship, loyalty, self-doubt, heartache, first loves and first times.
We’ve compiled a list of teen sex comedy standouts. These films best exemplify the genre and among them are a few first-rate films, movies that have left an indelible mark on our pop culture psyche.
Here are the 15 Best Teen Sex Comedies Of All Time
15. Weird Science (1985)
Weird Science is by no means on par with director John Hughes other teen-centric tales (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink). The inspiration for this sci-fi comedy was the fifth issue (“Made of the Future”) of the 1950s EC Comics magazine, also entitled Weird Science.
Gary Wallace (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt Donnelly (Ilan Mitchell Smith) are your typical high-school outcasts. On a whim, the besties decide to create the perfect women using a computer and a Barbie doll. After a freak atmospheric occurrence, she magically comes to life. Lisa (Kelly LeBrock) is gorgeous and possesses superhuman powers which she uses to improve Gary and Wyatt’s abysmal social lives-think super-hot fairy godmother.
Lisa isn’t a sexual plaything for the two lonely boys (that would be a whole different type of movie). They’re just your typical horny teenagers. Lisa sets out to right some of the wrongs done to Wyatt and Gary and instill them with the self-confidence to stand up for themselves and win the hearts of their real dream girls. LeBrock keeps her clothes on, but you can enjoy the sight of a pre-Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. sporting more eyeliner than a drag queen. Weird Science is silly, campy fun and remains as entertaining today as when it was first released over 30 years ago. Let’s hope those rumblings of an edgier remake remain just that.
14. Losin’ It (1983)
The same year Tom Cruise danced around in his underwear in Risky Business, he made another film that didn’t meet with much acclaim: Losin’ It. Directed by Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential, Wonder Boys) and set in the 1960s, the movie follows the misadventures of four teenagers: Woody (Cruise), Dave (Jackie Earle Haley), Spider (John Stockwell) and Wendell (John P. Nevin Jr.). They head to Tijuana, Mexico in search of a brothel, and in Wendell’s case, fireworks.
Along the way, the guys pick up Kathy (Shelley Long), a ditzy blonde who’s heading across the border to get a divorce. Woody, the sensitive one in the bunch, starts to question if losing his virginity to a Mexican prostitute is really the way to go. The best argument for catching this flick is to mock the early work of Hollywood powerhouse Cruise and Oscar-nominee Haley, who can be seen in the upcoming AMC series Preacher.
13. Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
Before geek became chic, there was Lewis (Robert Carradine) and Gilbert (Anthony Edwards), childhood friends whose IQs are almost as high as the waistbands of their pants. The incoming freshmen arrive at the fictitious Adams College, only to find themselves bullied by the jocks from Alpha Beta Fraternity who cast them out of their dorm after burning down their own fraternity house. Rejected by every Greek house on campus, Lewis, Gilbert and some other assorted misfits decide to band together and form their own frat, the first integrated chapter of the African-American fraternity Lambda Lambda Lambda.
Determined not to suffer any more indignities at the hands of the Alphas, the Lambdas pool their considerable talents and brainpower to exact revenge on their tormentors. Lewis even finds time to win over the heart and loins of Betty, the beautiful head of the élite Pi Delta Pi sorority. The Lambdas take normal college hijinks to a whole new level, installing video cameras during a panty raid which provides them with 24 hour, unfiltered access to naked women. The Lambdas might be nerds, but they love full frontal just as much as the next guy.
12. The Girl Next Door (2004)
Matthew Kidman (Emile Hirsch) has a bright future head of him. He’s been accepted to Georgetown University and has high political aspirations. But Matthew feels like something is missing. Has he wasted his chance at a misspent youth? Enter the new neighbor, a sexy blonde named Danielle (Elisha Cuthbert) who infuses some spontaneity into Matthew’s otherwise orderly life. Matthew soon discovers, thanks to his porn-obsessed friend, that Danielle is an adult film star.
Once he gets past his own misgivings, Matthew convinces Danielle she’s cut out for bigger and better things. This puts him on the wrong side of her manager, Kelly (Timothy Olyphant). Suddenly, Matthew finds himself in the need of some fast cash, and he devises an elaborate plan to get Kelly out of his life and solve his financial dilemma. There are many similarities between Girl and another movie on this list, Risky Business, but Girl has a few twist and turns of its own. Girl glosses over the seedier side of the porn industry to keep the film’s tone light, but there’s plenty of boobs, and the story and characters are engaging.
11. The Last American Virgin (1982)
Gary (Larry Monoson) is a hapless-but-sweet high schooler/pizza delivery guy/virgin. Gary and his best friends, Rick (Steve Antin) and David (Joe Rubbo), are always looking for a chance to get laid. Unlike Gary, Rick and David usually meet with success, while he’s left out in the cold or stuck with a homely girl while his buddies score with her hot friends. Even when Gary delivers a pizza to a horny woman who throws herself at him, Gary can’t seal the deal.
The film goes off the rails when Rick seduces Gary’s dream girl, a lovely virgin named Karen (Diane Franklin). Rick knocks Karen up and ditches her, leaving the lovesick Gary to come to Karen’s rescue. He declares his love for her, but Karen winds up back with Rick, in spite of his Grade A, d-bag behavior. The film switches from lowbrow absurdity to a mediocre after-school special but still ranks as a standout among a plethora of like-minded films.
10. Road Trip (2000)
Josh Parker (Breckin Meyer) is determined to stay faithful to his childhood sweetheart, Tiffany (Rachel Blanchard), even though they attend different colleges. But when Josh believes Tiffany has strayed, he gives in to temptation and has sex with a comely coed named Beth (Amy Smart). Beth likes to videotape her exploits, and the explicit footage of Beth and Josh’s night together accidentally gets mailed to Tiffany.
When Josh realizes Tiffany has been at her grandfather’s funeral and not sleeping with another guy, Josh hits the road with his buddies in the hopes of intercepting the tape before Tiffany sees it. Along the way, they make a few pit stops, including a sperm bank where one member of the group undergoes an “invasive” procedure. Road Trip has it all: sex, drugs, explosions, a painfully scrawny über geek who gets his V-card punched and a philosophical weed connoisseur. Road Trip successfully balances vulgarity and hilarity, and the result is an enjoyable, if not entirely memorable romp.
9. Mischief (1983)
Set in 1950s Ohio, a high-school senior, Jonathan (Dough McKeon) would love nothing more to get into the gleaming white panties of a classmate, Marilyn (Kelly Preston). Jonathan is content to worship Marilyn from afar until a new, cool guy named Gene (Chris Nash) moves in next door. Gene promises to educate Jonathan in the ways of women and help him bed the lovely Marilyn.
McKeon is a diminutive, pasty sort of guy, and his character lacks any outstanding personality traits – brains, sense of humor, charisma – that would explain why Marilyn is eventually drawn to him. He does a lot of whining and begging. like a puppy looking to table scraps, which makes their physical entanglements more authentic. When Doug finally scores, it’s awkward and brief, and he grows disillusioned with Marilyn because she bares more of a resemblance to Mary Magdalene than the Virgin Mary.
The movie shifts its focus from a boy’s first sexual exploits to Gene’s crappy home life and unswerving devotion to good girl Bunny (Catherine Mary Stewart). Mischief isn’t ambitious, and it takes itself too seriously to attain B-movie status, but compared to many other films of the genre (Ski School, Private Resort, Hard Bodies ), it does have a simple charm.
8. Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Wet Hot American Summer takes place on the last day of summer at Camp Firewood in 1981. The film is a satirical take on the teen sex comedies that flooded theaters during the 80s. The star-studded ensemble cast includes: Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, David Hyde Pierce, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garofolo, Michael Ian Black and Christopher Meloni. The spoof was a critical and box office flop but has developed a cult following.
The counselors at Camp Firewood are all so busy dealing with their love lives that the campers go largely unsupervised. Rudd, the resident camp stud, lets multiple kids drown on his watch as he juggles several girls. A scene in which a group of counselors make a quick trip to town starts out with them enjoying the simple pleasures civilization has to offer and devolves into a drug-fuelled scene out of Trainspotting. The hottest sex scene occurs between Ben (Cooper) and his lover McKinley (Michael Ian Black).
7. Little Darlings (1980)
It’s hate at first sight for the wealthy, refined Ferris (Tatum O’Neal) and tough-girl Angel (Kristy McNichol) when they meet on the bus bound for summer camp. The rift between the two 15-year-old girls grows bigger when they become the subject of a camp-wide wager as to which of them will lose their virginity first. O’Neal (Bad News Bears, International Velvet) and McNichol (Family) were at the height of their popularity. Also in the cast is then heartthrob-in-the-making Matt Dillon, who plays the object of Angel’s affection, Randy, a boy camper from across the lake. Ferris sets her signs on a sexy, unattainable, much-older counselor, Gary (Armand Assante).
Most movies in this genre are told from the male perspective, so Little Darlings was groundbreaking thanks to an almost exclusively female cast. And while boys are often portrayed as being driven purely by a biological imperative to go where they’ve never gone before, Angel and Ferris feel no such desire. Their motives aren’t romanticized, but the film is still infused with a wistful sentimentality and bittersweet regret.
6. Porky’s (1982)
Porky’s is the godfather of raucous, slapstick humor, and its influence can be seen in every teen sex comedy that follows. Porky’s is incredibly offensive on a multitude of levels, most of all in its treatment of women, but it does give disturbing insight into the mind of pubescent boys. At the time of its release, Porky’s was skewered by critics, but the film did well at the box office and spawned two sequels.
Set in the 1950s in South Florida, Porky’s tells the story of a group of friends who travel to a nightclub in the Everglades, lured by the promise of a hooker who will rid them of their pesky virginity. Things don’t go as planned, and the boys endure a series of humiliations and lose all of their money. They become hell-bent on taking down the club, its owner and his crooked brother who also happens to be the local sheriff.
A subplot has the guys spying on unsuspecting girls in the locker room, and one of the peepers sticks his member through the hole, only to have it yanked mercilessly by a female coach. Relying on homophobic humor, naked, nubile girls and generally-depraved behavior, Porky’s proves that when it comes to teen sex comedies, nothing is off-limits.
5. The Sure Thing (1985)
Boy meets girl. Girl hates boy. Boy decides to travel cross-country to get laid. That’s the basic premise at work in this Rob Reiner comedy. Walter “Gib” Gibson (John Cusack) is a college freshman who finds himself striking out at his New England college. He becomes drawn to Alison, a pretty but uptight control freak who schedules every minute of her day, including phone calls to her equally stuffy boyfriend who attends UCLA. Gib tries to woo Alison, but she fails to succumb to Gib’s charms.
Gib’s high-school pal, Lance (Anthony Edwards), invites his friend to California and promises him a “sure thing” in the form a blonde goddess (Nicollette Sheridan). She will sleep with, well, anybody. Gib and Alison, both tight on funds and headed in the same direction, share a ride with an annoyingly perky, middle-aged couple and shenanigans ensue. Gib gets Alison to find the fun – she still comes across as dull and humorless – and Gib starts to have doubts about going through with his casual hook up. The Sure Thing is clever, and Cusack makes the movie.
4. American Pie (1999)
American Pie introduces viewers to a group of high-school seniors who make a pact to lose their virginity by the end of their prom night. The cast includes Jason Biggs (Orange is the New Black), Mena Suvari (American Beauty), Natasha Lyonne (The Slums of Beverly Hills), Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother), Seann William Scott (Role Models) and a slew of others who never made much of a name for themselves outside the four-film franchise. Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blonde) has a cameo as a Mrs. Robinson type whose character could be considered the original on-screen MILF.
Boys eager to lose their virginity are well-covered territory in American cinema, but American Pie distinguishes itself from its peers when it comes to the gross-out humor. The guy most unlikely to succeed in his quest is Jim (Biggs), whose webcam broadcasts to the entire school his lack of sexual prowess when he’s seduced by a sexy exchange student, Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth). The guys are misguided but not mean-spirited, and the girls are smart, and for the most part, keep their clothes on. Towards the end, Pie does meander into more emotional territory but doesn’t linger in a touchy-feely space for long.
3. Superbad (2007)
Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) are best friends facing their impending separation as the two ready to head off to different colleges. While Seth and Evan aren’t popular in the social hierarchy of high school, there’s always someone lower on the ladder, and in this case, it’s third wheel, Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).
When Fogell announces he’s getting a fake ID, Seth sees an opportunity to end his and Evan’s lackluster high-school careers with a bang as opposed to a whimper. Seth promises to procure all of the alcohol for a party being thrown by the object of his affect, Jules (Emma Stone). The plan goes awry and while Fogell, aka “McLovin,” spends the night hanging out with two inept cops (Seth Rogan and Bill Hader), Seth and Evan scramble to get their hands on some booze and make it to the party in time to hook up with their respective love interests.
The dialogue is whip smart, and Cera and Hill have great rapport. The boys talk unabashedly about sex, but their attempts to engage in the act itself yields disastrous results. The friendship between Seth and Evan is the heart and soul of the movie as the two deal with the inevitable life changes to come.
2. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Cameron Crowe (Say Anything, Almost Famous) wrote the screenplay, adapted from his book of the same name. Crowe actually went undercover at a California high school to write his book, giving the movie an authenticity that continues to make it a favorite among contemporary viewers. The movie marked the directorial debut of Amy Heckerling (Clueless, Look Who’s Talking). The cast includes a who’s who of Hollywood heavyweights including: Sean Penn, Eric Stoltz, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Nicolas Cage and Forest Whitaker.
Fast Times chronicles the lives of several high-school students over the course of one school year as they deal with school, jobs, friends, and, of course, sex. Unlike most raunchy sex comedies, Fast Times delves into the possible consequences-unwanted pregnancy, abortion) of a sexual encounter. The film is probably best remembered for two reasons. The first is Penn’s character, Spicoli, a good-natured stoner whose top priorities are catching killer waves and partying. The other is Phoebe Cates, emerging from a pool in a red bikini, glistening wet and removing her top in slow motion. Fast Times is an accurate account of life as a suburban teen with a great soundtrack to boot.
1. Risky Business (1983)
Joel Goodsen (Tom Cruise) is your average Midwestern teenager. When his parents go out-of-town, Joel’s idea of cutting loose is raiding the liquor cabinet and doing doughnuts in his dad’s Porsche. That is until he meets Lana (Rebecca DeMornay), a hooker whose heart is made out of anything but gold. After their steamy sexual encounter – Joel’s first – Joel finds his life heading in a downwards trajectory as he’s dragged into Lana’s chaotic world that includes a killer pimp named Guido.
After sinking his father’s expensive sports car into a lake, Joel needs cash and opportunist Lana devises a way to get the money he needs. She introduces her friends to his, and Joel becomes the proprietor of a pop-up brothel. The humor is dark, and Layla’s lack of shame or guilt; her desire for instant gratification is an aphrodisiac for Joel who, previous to their association, was a guy whose aspirations exceeded his talents.
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