History of Sex in Cinema:
2002, Part 2
|Movie Title/Year and Film/Scene Description|
My Name is Tanino (2002, It.)
Director Paolo Virzi's coming-of-age comedy was set during a sunny Sicilian summer, and involved an acquaintance between two characters:
After they met during her visit, Tanino would optimistically follow her to the US after the summer was over to track her down. He faced misadventures after finding that she was now uninterested in him, including being accused of becoming the lover of Sally's mother.
The film included topless beach swimming scenes (and some stylish photography as the camera dipped underwater and provided a gigantic closeup, and then panned up to Sally's face). She was swimming with equally unclothed Melissa (Meredith Ostorm) who was wearing a shell necklace.
[Note: McAdams would soon become more notable (and covered up) in films such as The Notebook (2004), Mean Girls (2004), Wedding Crashers (2005) and Red Eye (2005).]
(l to r): Melissa (Meredith Ostorm), Sally Garfield (Rachel McAdams)
National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002)
This was the first of three R-rated, un-PC gross-out comedy films, occurring at about the same time as a series of four American Pie Presents: sequels (from 2005-2009). All of these entries were noted for strong sexual content, gross humor (masturbation, excrement, vomit, bestiality and breast jokes), and foul language, following a familiar pattern of rowdy hijinks, offensive stereotypes, topless nudity, and raunch.
It was a tired and contrived sex-and-school romp about a seventh year undergraduate student Van Wilder (Ryan Reynolds of ABC's Two Guys and a Girl) at Michigan's Coolidge College who was seeking a degree in leisure studies (his credo: "Don't be a fool, stay in school").
Among other profitable ventures to earn funds to remain a student (since his father Vance, Animal House's Otter (Tim Matheson) refused to pay another $39,000 tuition bill), Van Wilder sought Indian personal assistant Taj (Kal Penn) to help him and then recruited strippers to be "topless tutors." He also hired himself out as a "party liaison" (with his "undeniable ability to throw one hell of a party," and his belief: "Sex sells").
In a semi-serious sub-plot, his notorious exploits as a perennial student raised the skeptical attention of brainy staff writer for the school's newspaper Gwen Pearson (Tara Reid). She wrote a "human interest piece" on him and soon became romantically intrigued with him, although questioned why he was avoiding graduating. Ultimately, Van Wilder was set up (or framed) by Gwen's jealous boyfriend and expelled (but saved during an appeal allowing him to graduate).
Earlier, Van Wilder had advised Taj on his "foolproof plan" of sexual technique: "All you need are the three fundamentals: scented candles, massage oil, and Barry White" - although Taj's "hot" date with pretty blonde Naomi (Ivana Bozilovic) ("That's 'I moan' backwards") proved disastrous. Calling her "my little Jasmine flower," he tripped on the floor, and when he liberally applied oil to her back and she begged: "Take me, I want you now," he jumped onto her, but slid across her back onto the floor and started a fire. She asked: "Don't tease me..." and added: "I'm about to culminate, now get over here!" They both felt "on fire" and were "burning up" - it was because Taj's back was literally up in flames.
One of the more detestable scenes was the collection of canine semen (from a dog with an enlarged scrotum) to be consumed in creme-filled pastries. The film ended with Gwen in Van Wilder's arms during a graduation pool party:
Topless Tutor Desiree
Van Wilder (Ryan Reynolds) with Gwen (Tara Reid)
New Best Friend (2002)
Controversy swirled around director Adrian Lyne's re-making of Lolita (1997) with 17 year-old blonde starlet Dominique Swain as the title character - a tempting nymphet nicknamed 'Lolita' - because of the under-aged actress' sex scenes with co-star Jeremy Irons.
Now five years later, Swain starred in this cheaply-titillating, sexy teen thriller by director Zoe Clarke-Williams - actually made in 1999 and kept on the studio's shelf. It was a cross between All About Eve (1950) and The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) in which Swain was featured as Sidney Barrett, a liberated, bisexual, hedonistic, North Carolina 'Colby University' sorority party girl
Sidney had liaisons with both aspiring, frumpy lower-class college girl Alicia Glazer (Mia Kirschner) - who underwent an amazing social transformation with a make-over, and bulimic African-American artist Julianne Livingston (Rachel True).
The film's poorly-executed, silly plot about possible attempted murder, told in flashback after Alicia overdosed and was hospitalized in a drug-induced coma, included requisite lipstick lesbianism (lingering kissing scenes, including one at a party: "What? Is everyone a lesbian now?") and gratuitous lesbianism with minimal nudity, solely for lurid purposes.
(l to r): Sidney Barrett (Dominique Swain), Alicia Glazer (Mia Kirschner)
The Other Side of the Bed (2002, Sp.) (aka El Otro lado de la cama)
This R-rated raucous and sexy romantic comedy/musical (along the lines of an inferior Grease), directed by Spanish filmmaker Emilio Martinez-Lazaro, was a big hit in Spain and the winner of six Goya awards (the country's Oscars).
The tagline explained the film's premise: "Sometimes the game of love requires a little cheating..."
Set in Madrid, the film told about the bed-hopping (or musical-beds) story of two couples and their betrayals, infidelities, and various couplings:
Director Steven Shainberg's independent film won the Sundance Special Jury Prize for Originality - it was a kinky comedy/drama of forbidden love that told about repressed passion in the character of nervous, repressed, troubled, self-mutilating and reclusive office worker Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal).
She was recently released from a mental hospital - and then served as a personal assistant/secretary to intense, offbeat, and imperious tax lawyer-boss E. Edward Grey (James Spader) in a kinky sado-masochistic, power relationship. He demonstrated control over her life by appealing to her vulnerable, masochistic and submissive tendencies through various mind-games and physical humiliations (i.e., a slave-like dog collar, or pretending that she was a horse with a saddle on her back and carrot in her mouth). She even climbed into a dumpster to look for a file.
In another scene, he had Lee lean over a desk as he spanked her to punish her for a small typo error that he had marked with his thick red pen. Afterwards, she stimulated herself to orgasm in the ladies' room.
At another point to punish her, while she was bent over, he commanded her to remove her pantyhose and panties and then masturbated onto her buttocks from behind her. He threatened to fire her (with his own growing feelings of disgust and shame) - and eventually she was terminated.
In the film's conclusion, Lee walked out during a wedding dress fitting in preparation for marrying childhood friend Peter (Jeremy Davies) who couldn't satisfy her peculiar sexual needs. She returned to Edward's office, where she confronted him, and admitted her love for him. The obsessive-compulsive Grey was tiring of their sexual games and exhausted by her energies:
She then demanded: "I want to make love." He ordered that she sit at his desk with her palms extended and resting on the desk, until further notice. She proved her love and devotion by staging a marathon 'last stand' there (without moving her hands or feet), over a period of three days.
Grey eventually relented and admitted his love for her. She was carried to a hidden room in his law office where he removed her wedding dress, lovingly bathed her in a cast-iron tub, and then made love to her on a bed of grass.
A voice-over summarized as the film ended:
Subservient Humiliation by Secretary Lee Holloway
Secret Things (2002, Fr.) (aka Choses Secretes)
Director Jean-Claude Brisseau's very explicit French film, Cahier Du Cinema's 2002 selection for "Film of the Year," included group sex (in an orgy), lesbian sex, three-way sex, exhibitionism, masturbation and incest. As a result of this film, a number of actresses in the film brought a real-life sexual harassment suit against the director (and in 2005, he was found guilty of sexually harassing young actresses who were persuaded to masturbate while auditioning for parts). He justified himself through his next arthouse film Exterminating Angels (2006, Fr.) (aka Les Anges Exterminateurs) (see later description).
It was a cynical, adult-themed tale about the two Parisian females who exploited their sexuality:
The film opened with Nathalie theatrically performing an erotic, fully-nude supine strip-tease and self-pleasuring in front of an enthralled audience. When Sandrine was fired (for refusing to turn tricks for the club's sleazy manager), Nathalie also quit as a symbol of solidarity. Both lived together and embarked on a campaign of man-baiting vengeance.
In one memorable scene, Nathalie directed Sandrine with self-loving masturbatory techniques with step-by-step instructions for sexual awakening, and she also advised: "Every time you hesitate, dare yourself to go a little further."
Both females found employment in a male-dominated Parisian brokerage house as a pair of corporate femme fatales, who found male victims to manipulate so that they could be promoted, including the bank owner's promiscuous son Christophe (Fabrice Deville). [Christophe was having an on-going incestuous relationship with sister Charlotte (Blandine Bury)]. The pair would wear trenchcoats while naked underneath and dare each other (as in the subway scene).
It was eventually revealed that the womanizer Christophe was having a secret love affair with Nathalie, although Sandrine was planning on marrying him (and then divorcing him to inherit his wealth).
Nathalie and Sandrine
Charlotte (Blandine Blury)
Sex is Comedy (2002, Fr.)
Militant feminist director Catherine Breillat's provocative, semi-autobiographical "film within a film" had its North American premiere at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival. It was a fictional account of the making of the central, very raw sex scene from Breillat's earlier Fat Girl (2001).
In the filming of Fat Girl (2001), a young virgin Actress (Roxane Mesquida, who starred in Breillat's Fat Girl) was to be seduced by an older boy Actor (Gregoire Colin, who didn't appear in Fat Girl). The talkative film highlighted director Jeanne's (Breillat's alter-ego French film-maker, played by Anne Parillaud) difficulties with her two lead actors, when they expressed nervous reservations about being in a sex film together - especially when they both hated each other.
She urged her performers (the male wore a prosthetic penis) to extend themselves for a more authentic and passionate performance:
Actress (Roxane Mesquida) with Actor (Gregoire Colin)
Sex With Strangers (2002)
This very explicit, unrated quasi-documentary about alternative swinging was directed by Joe and Harry Gantz - the creators of HBO's voyeuristic series "Taxicab Confessions," but this one was for Showtime. Its tagline was: "And You Thought Monogamy Was Hard."
The bizarre psychodrama was filmed with grainy digital video, and basically followed three white trash exhibitionist couples (actually seven somewhat distasteful individuals) during a year's period. The couples experienced what was called "the lifestyle" at various swing clubs, pick-up bars, private homes, and trailers. The individuals included:
It was mostly a voyeuristic excuse to display on-screen nudity (somewhat staged), sexual experimentation, various sexual acts (mostly unexplicit thrusting and oral sex), some traumatic jealousies and trust issues, and to vaguely question the idea of sex beyond marriage -- especially for female participants. For instance, Theresa proposed having breast enhancement to more fairly compete with younger females.
Shark Attack 3: Megalodon (2002)
This low-budget, cheesy Jaws (1975) ripoff, a direct-to-video release, contained one of the most jaw-dropping, unsubtle, double-entendre pick-up lines ever heard in a film. Beach patrolman Ben Carpenter (John Barrowman) spoke bluntly to paleontologist Cataline Stone (Jenny McShane):
In the next scene, they were seen at her place showering together and passionately kissing each other.
"Whaddya say I..."
A Snake of June (2002, Jp.) (aka Rokugatsu no hebi)
Writer-director Shinya Tsukamoto's visually-striking, blue-tinted (monochromatic), sex-ploitative and kinky erotic thriller was drenched in rain (a symbol of sexual desire) in every scene (it was set during the rainy season of June), taking on a film-noirish tone. [During the drenching rains in Japan, snakes emerged from their flooded lairs, an allegory for the awakening of the protagonists.]
The main threesome of characters were:
Rinko received a package labeled: "Your Husband's Secrets." Inside were explicit photos of herself (masturbating in the privacy of her own living room by the window when she reclined and lifted her skirt). A second packet revealed photos of her in a short-skirt, masturbating to orgasm in the rain.
She received a phone call from a mysterious caller-voyeur, who turned out to be Iguchi, a former suicidal caller that she had helped. To repay the "debt" of her help, he proposed to liberate her by having her proceed around the anonymous city to designated spots, in an escalating series of sexual dares. Although blackmailing her, he would force her to do what she already wanted to do, but shyed away from due to repression and inhibition.
She began to live out her own fantasies, unashamedly making up for her husband's neglect. She was instructed to wear her mini-skirt (without underwear, removed in a public restroom) into a shopping mall, buy phallic-shaped vegetables, and purchase a remotely-controlled, battery-powered vibrator to be inserted and activated. If she complied, he would return the negatives. He had withheld one picture, and used it as a bargaining chip to have Rinko visit her doctor, where she learned that she had breast cancer.
Rinko's husband Shigehiko attempted to hunt down the voyeuristic stalker, and ultimately became involved when the blackmailer therapeutically brought the couple's dysfunctional sexuality to the surface.
In the finale set in a construction site during another rainstorm, the trio of characters came together. While having her picture taken (with flashbulbs) by Iguchi in his car, she stripped naked in the rain and assertively manipulated herself to orgasm, while her husband also climaxed watching her from his car.
Music-video director Jonas Åkerlund's raunchy feature film debut, with a record number of fast edits, first played at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival. It was an arrogant, black tale of amoral behavior consisting of drugs, sex, and addiction in both unrated and R-versions (a heavily censored version with blurring or matting with a black bar, and even audio editing).
It included frantic scenes of drug-addled and addicted Ross (Jason Schwartzman), who was upset about losing his girlfriend Amy (Charlotte Ayana) because of his habit.
The most ugly sequences were with Ross' stripper girlfriend April (Chloe Hunter), whom he brought back from a club to his motel-like apartment, where he kneaded her breasts, and both snorted drugs off her bare chest during a rough love-making bout. He then absent-mindedly (and deliberately) left her spread-eagled, eye-and-mouth duct-taped and handcuffed to the bed for the entire film (a three-day period), as she screamed out: "Motherf--ker!"
Also the tawdry film included:
The Sweetest Thing (2002)
Director Roger Kumble's immature, low-brow, gross-out, R-rated (and unrated) romantic sex comedy, a hugely popular chick flick, told about young single female roommates in the new millennium. It featured a mostly vulgar script by Nancy Pimental (one of the writers of South Park), without a single instance of nudity. Released in two versions, the main difference between the unrated and R version was that the R-rated one skipped the notorious "Penis Song" (based on the song "I'm Too Sexy").
It ended up being a cheap rip-off similar to There's Something About Mary (1998), also starring Cameron Diaz, now portraying SF advertising executive Christina Walters, now teamed up with Christina Applegate as lawyer Courtney Rockcliffe. Typical toilet humor, during their road trip to a wedding, included Courtney attempting to pee in a grungy men's urinal, or the two bikinied gals in front of a mirror in a dressing room with Christina propping up her breasts to show how they were perky at 22, but now beginning to sag at age 28:
The two gal-pals noticed an unusual odor in the car and concluded that it was coming from someone's unclean "poonanny." While driving, they also pretended that passenger Christina was giving Courtney oral sex, to fool a horny motorcyclist. The two also instructed their innocent and naive roommate, Jane Burns (Selma Blair) on how to snag "Mr. Right."
The raunchy film included a lengthy discussion at a Chinese restaurant between the three after Jane had experienced a night with "a transition guy" - and upon questioning told them that he had an "averagish" girth. They all agreed that it was essential to tell a guy: "Oh, my god, your penis is so big!"
The film then proceeded into an outrageous, extended song and dance scene highlighting "The Penis Song" - a tune about the size of men's penises. At first, they all picked up a glass or vase on the table and pretended that they were penises, while moaning, gesturing and gasping appropriately:
"The Penis Song" then commenced with the entire restaurant joining in:
There was also the unlikely degrading situation in which teary-eyed Jane got her new well-endowed male friend's genital piercing caught in her throat while performing fellatio on him (off-screen): "Apparently, they're stuck." It was an almost carbon-copy of the zipper scene in TSAM. When a cop asked: "How is she stuck?", an EMT knowingly answered: "Behind her tonsils." Their predicament attracted a huge audience of onlookers, neighbors, and police, and the singing of "Relax" to extricate her:
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" was more effective as a solution to their embarrassing problem.
The Penis Song
Genital Piercing Problem During Oral Sex
Director John Polson's watered-down PG-13 rated, inferior redo of Fatal Attraction (1987) and Basic Instinct (1992) was a teen slasher intended for young audiences with actors who were supposedly high-school age, but actually in their 20s. The title of the film referred to the Internet screen name, 'swimfan85' of the film's femme fatale.
The plot was basically about a threesome of students:
Ben was tempted into having sex with Madison. During a pool swim, after she watched him do laps, she stripped down to a red bra and panties, descended into the water, and told him: "I can't swim. Show me how?" During the teasing scene, she seduced him at the edge of a swimming pool, touched him underwater, and encouraged him, although he was hesitant: "It's OK, I want you to...It's alright. It'll be our little secret." She felt his growing erection and added: "Or maybe not." As their kissing became more passionate, she forced him to profess his love for her: "Tell me you love me. You don't have to mean it. Just say it for me." He gasped: "I love you."
When she was soon rejected, this predictably set up the thriller aspect, although Madison had continually claimed that their affair was a one-time thing. She engaged in stalking, threats, and violence (multiple murders).
In the finale, Madison handcuffed Amy to a chair, and summoned Ben to meet her at the pool by paging him with the invite: "Feel like a dip?"
Ben saved Amy (after she was thrown into the pool, as he struggled with Madison, wielding a bat, while he picked the lock with Madison's own hair-pin), and angrily threw Madison into the pool. As he administered CPR to Amy, Madison died by drowning because she couldn't swim.
Talk to Her (2002, Sp.) (aka Hable con ella)
This Spanish film, with an Oscar-winning Best Original Screenplay by writer/director Pedro Almodovar, was about solitude, sickness, sacrifice and madness. It told about the relationships of two strangers with their comatose would-be loves:
At El Bosque Clinic, Benigno gave daily, attentive sponge baths to Alicia following her car accident, while Marco also took care of hospitalized Lydia.
In one disturbing scene, Benigno had non-consensual intercourse with his comatose patient - making her pregnant and subsequently reawakening her due to the physical changes that occurred.
The film also featured a disturbing dream sequence (a 7 minute B/W mock silent movie titled "The Shrinking Lover" that was attended one evening by Benigno) in which Benigno found himself (metaphorically) as a shrunken scientist while trying to make love to beautiful Amparo (Paz Vega). Miniature in size, he agonized over not being able to satisfy her. After he explored all over her naked body, he entered into her vagina (a simulated model) (a return to the womb) for safety to escape being crushed by her giant body turning over onto him.
Classy soft-core film director Adrian Lyne's erotic drama dealt with the disastrous consequences of a wild extra-marital affair, with its subsequent guilt, suspicion, and tragedy, although it also made adultery look sexy and exciting. It was a reworking of director Claude Chabrol's La Femme Infidele (1969, Fr.) (aka The Unfaithful Wife).
It told about an adulterous affair, including various passionate, 'unfaithful' encounters in NYC, between:
Their cheating threatened her marriage of eleven years to her husband Edward (Richard Gere). There were many scenes of their trysts, including:
The repercussions of the affair, once discovered by Ed, led him to angrily kill Martel (crushing his skull with a snowglobe - a gift he had once given Connie), and their efforts to cover up for each other (each knowing that the other one was guilty) after police found the body.
The film ended enigmatically with the two of them in their car at an intersection (with several cycles of a changing stoplight) discussing what to do (while their son slept). Ed was thinking of turning himself in (although Connie was dissuading him by dreamily suggesting that they leave the country, get a beach house, and take different names: "We can spend the rest of our lives on that beach, and when we die, we can just push out to sea. What do you think?" He responded: "Perfect, sounds perfect"). Finally, the camera pulled back to reveal that they were parked outside a police station - their crimes went unpunished.
[In one alternate ending, one of many considered, Ed definitely said his goodbyes and proceeded to enter.]
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