Movies about sex without the sex
November 18, 2010 7:19 AM   Subscribe

MovieFilter: I'm looking for movies that are about sex which contain few (if any) actual sex scenes, such as American Pie and The 40 Year Old Virgin.
posted by joedan to Media & Arts (29 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

The Sure Thing
posted by Mchelly at 7:21 AM on November 18, 2010

Sex Drive, iirc.
posted by unixrat at 7:27 AM on November 18, 2010

posted by grizzled at 7:33 AM on November 18, 2010

Rocky Horror Picture Show
posted by Xere at 7:36 AM on November 18, 2010 [1 favorite]

Just about every Woody Allen movie.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 7:48 AM on November 18, 2010

Pretty much any teen comedy made, ever.
posted by mkultra at 7:49 AM on November 18, 2010

The Summer of '42 is about 2 boys focused on losing their virginity. The book is also good.
posted by jgirl at 7:51 AM on November 18, 2010

Nah BP, I don't think most Woody Allen movies are what I'm looking for because while there are sexual undertones in many of Allen's movies, they aren't explicitly about sex--with the notable exception of Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask), of course.

You're right that a lot of teen comedies fit the bill mk, but there are plenty of teen comedies that, while containing sexual content, aren't entirely focused on sex. For instance, Animal House has plenty of sex in it, but the movie is about the struggle between the frat and the Dean.
posted by joedan at 8:00 AM on November 18, 2010

Little Darlings is about 2 girls having a contest to see which will be first to lose her virginity at summer camp.

It was the first R-rated movie I ever saw, and I wasn't quite old enough so I had to use my sister's ID to sneak in to see it. Though I liked the movie a lot, I was really disappointed in the lack of "mature" images; seemed like all that trouble turned out to be for nothing.

Oh, also Grease. All the second graders in the talent show wanted to sing songs from Grease. Something about 7-year-olds singing "oh, oh those summer nii-iights" just didn't sit well.

And one more - I watched most of the first 2 seasons of Sex and the City on the syndicated channel - TBS, maybe? And I mentioned to someone how I never saw any nudity in that show - you would think there would be a lot, right? Turns out the real versions are much different than the syndicated ones.
posted by CathyG at 8:09 AM on November 18, 2010

Eating Raoul
posted by Confess, Fletch at 8:18 AM on November 18, 2010 [1 favorite]

A movie that is exclusively about sex is Young People Fucking. I know there is some nudity and the idea of sex taking place, but I don't know if this is up you alley. A good film though.
posted by handbanana at 8:18 AM on November 18, 2010

Casual Sex.
Also, possibly Brokeback Mountain?
posted by Citrus at 8:29 AM on November 18, 2010

Skipped Parts. The title comes from the concept that most books usually leave out the actual description of sex, but discuss love and romance.
posted by rabbitsnake at 8:34 AM on November 18, 2010

The Apartment.
posted by ryanshepard at 8:47 AM on November 18, 2010 [1 favorite]

Sex, Lies, and Videotape.
posted by cleverevans at 9:04 AM on November 18, 2010 [1 favorite]

Orgazmo. This is damn movie is all about porn and crappy superheroes, but manages to only have one tiny glimpse of nudity.
posted by Mister Fabulous at 9:29 AM on November 18, 2010

Zack and Miri Make a Porno
posted by yawper at 9:50 AM on November 18, 2010

posted by world b free at 10:28 AM on November 18, 2010

I'm a little confused by what, in your view, makes a movie "about sex," since you nixed Woody-Allen films but best-answered "Dangerous Liaisons." In my view, that movie is more about a power game that INVOLVES sex than about sex. Due to my confusion, my answers might not be what you're looking for, but...

Kubrick's "Lolita"

Also Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut"

"An Age on Innocence" (if you're going to include "Dangerous Liaisons")

"Vertigo" (Depending on how you look at it.)

"Oklahoma" (Some people might say this is an odd suggestion, but WATCH the movie. Watch the dream ballet, the "girl who can't say no scene," "people will say we're in love," etc. It's largely a movie about FEAR of sex. Lost of musicals are -- or could be interpreted as being -- "about sex," with music and dance standing in for orgasms.)
posted by grumblebee at 10:46 AM on November 18, 2010

If you were looking for something arty, Girl on the Bridge is black and white, French, and all about knife throwing as a metaphor for sex.
posted by forkisbetter at 11:04 AM on November 18, 2010

Chasing Amy
posted by asockpuppet at 11:28 AM on November 18, 2010

Brief Encounter is about sex English stylee.
posted by HandfulOfDust at 1:38 PM on November 18, 2010

Not a movie, but awesome: The BBC's Coupling
posted by Neekee at 6:27 PM on November 18, 2010 [1 favorite]

posted by Pronoiac at 12:26 PM on November 19, 2010

posted by esoterrica at 1:10 PM on November 19, 2010

Humpday probably qualifies. I didn't think it was a very good movie though.

Also, Austin Powers.
posted by NoraReed at 12:12 PM on November 20, 2010

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