History of Sex in Cinema:
The Greatest and Most Influential
Sexual Films and Scenes

(Illustrated)

2013



The History of Sex in Cinema
Movie Title/Year and Film/Scene Description
Screenshots

Cable-TV dramatic series continued to reveal more nudity and sex. Most industry watchers agreed that fornication had never been as widely on display on TV. Pay TV channels were more free to do what they wanted than free-to-air networks. This sampling below is only a continuation of what came in the two years before:

See also listings for 2011 and 2012.

The Girl's Guide to Depravity
HBO-CINEMAX
The Girl's Guide to Depravity
HBO-CINEMAX
The Girl's Guide to Depravity
HBO-CINEMAX
The Girl's Guide to Depravity
HBO-CINEMAX

Masters of Sex
SHOWTIME
Rebecca Blumhagen
Susannah Allman
Chasty Ballesteros
Tessa Harnetiaux
Lizzy Caplan
 
Masters of Sex
SHOWTIME
Masters of Sex
SHOWTIME
House of Cards
NETFLIX
House of Cards
NETFLIX
Orange Is the New Black
NETFLIX
Helene Yorke
Rose McIver
Kate Mara
Kristen Connolly
Laura Prepon/Taylor Schilling
 
DaVinci's Demons
STARZ
DaVinci's Demons
STARZ
DaVinci's Demons
STARZ
The White Queen
BBC/STARZ
Banshee
HBO-CINEMAX
Laura Haddock
Hera Hilmar
Lara Pulver
Rebecca Ferguson
Ivana Milicevic
(see also below)
 
Banshee
HBO-CINEMAX
Banshee
HBO-CINEMAX
Banshee
HBO-CINEMAX
Banshee
HBO-CINEMAX
Banshee
HBO-CINEMAX
Leslea Fisher
Erin Estelle McQuatters
Lili Simmons
C.J. Perry
Ivana Milicevic

Afternoon Delight (2013)

Writer/director Jill Soloway's comedy-drama (her debut feature) provided "the cure for the common marriage" - the film's tagline, regarding the sexual awakening ("afternoon delight") of the female protagonist. Soloway received the Directing Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Bored, unglamorous, stay-at-home suburban housewife Rachel (Kathryn Hahn in her first starring role) in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles was married to apps developer Jeff (Josh Radnor). The affluent, secular-Jewish couple had a cute 5 year-old son (Sawyer Ever). The conflicted Rachel was becoming increasingly unfulfilled and uptight, even though she realized she had wealth and a comfortable, secure life.

To spice up her lackluster sex life, her husband and another couple ventured to a strip club. There, Rachel paid for a lap dance from 19 year-old stripper McKenna (Juno Temple), a "full-service sex worker." Afterwards, when McKenna needed a place to stay, Rachel impulsively invited her to live at her home in a spare guest room, and work (part-time) as her live-in nanny, while continuing her hooker trade off-site.

About halfway through the film, Rachel accompanied McKenna on a date with one of her regular old and sleazy johns, as McKenna forced her to watch.

Eventually after McKenna moved on when her partnership with Rachel had a falling out, Rachel experienced more erotic, reinvigorated and sensual orgasmic-sex with her husband.


McKenna (Juno Temple)


Rachel (Kathryn Hahn)

Before Midnight (2013)

Director Richard Linklater created a trilogy of talkative, insightful films about the lives of two individuals who happened to meet and were together for almost two decades (18 years). Their realistic romance and extended conversations began in Before Sunrise (1995) (set in Vienna where the two 20 year-olds met on a train) and continued nine years later in Before Sunset (2004) (set in Paris).

  • Parisian environmentalist-feminist Celine (Julie Delpy)
  • American writer Jesse Wallace (Ethan Hawke), divorced
Nudity in Their Relationship For the First Time

Their relationship was further extended with them nine years later in Before Midnight (2013), with twin daughters Ella and Nina (Jennifer and Charlotte Prior). They were now probing their commitment and parenthood over a single afternoon and evening. The unmarried couple had been living in the countryside of Greece for six-weeks in the summer, at the invitation of Jesse's writer-colleague Patrick (Walter Lassally). Jesse also had a 14 year-old teenaged son named Hank (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick) who lived in Chicago with Jesse's (now) ex-wife.

A gift from a couple (Panos Koronis and Rachel Tsangari) in their guest house offered them a night away from the twins in a local hotel suite. There, the couple teased each other, became flirtatious and intimate, and were caught up in a more serious conversation about their complex relationship (involving their careers, gender roles, children, etc.) and its anxieties and strains. One of their challenges in the last scene in the seaside hotel room was whether they should move to Chicago to bring Jesse closer to his son, although Celine had been offered an exciting new job in Paris where they lived.




Celine (Julie Delpy)

Blue is the Warmest Color (2013, Fr.) (aka La Vie d'Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2)

Writer/producer/director Abdellatif Kechiche's NC-17 rated (for "explicit sexual content"), three-hour French drama won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The film's screenplay was based on the graphic novel by Julie Maroh - it was an intense portrayal of first love and sexual awakening.

It told of a developing romantic relationship between teenaged, 15 year-old high-school student Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) and blue-haired collegiate Fine Art student Emma (Léa Seydoux). After an attempt at a heterosexual relationship with Thomas (Jeremie Laheurte), Adèle met the lesbian artist and it was 'love at first sight.' Immediately attracted to each other, they began with a few kisses in the park, then a 7 to 10-minute intimate and highly realistic lesbian sex scene (that took 10 days to shoot). Both of them became animalistic and feral as they contorted themselves into many positions, to kiss each other (in an oral '69' position). Eventually, the two had a falling out over other lovers, and they split apart but remain cordial.

Lesbian Love Scene
Emma
Adèle

In an interview about the film, Léa admitted that they used prosthetic vaginas for the oral sex scenes: "We had fake pussies that were molds of our real pussies. It was weird to have a fake mold of your pussy and then put it over your real one. We spent 10 days on just that one scene. It wasn't like, 'OK, today we’re going to shoot the sex scene!' It was 10 days." Adele added: "One day, you know that you're going to be naked all day and doing different sexual positions, and it's hard because I'm not that familiar with lesbian sex."


Adèle
(Adèle Exarchopoulos)


Adèle with Emma
(Léa Seydoux)


Adèle Posing Nude For Drawing

Blurred Lines (Music Video)

Polish-Israeli Emily Ratajkowski, a beautiful English model known for her role from August 2012 in a sexy Carl's Jr. commercial with Sara Jean Underwood, went topless in this Robin Thicke music video (it was made in two versions - one covered, one unclothed).

Emily
Elle
Emily, Elle, and Jessi

She was joined by blonde Elle Evans and pony-tailed Jessi M'Bengue (hair in a ponytail) - all wearing skimpy sport thong underwear - and topless.




Emily Ratajkowski

Other Videos With Nudity in 2013

Miley Cyrus in 'Wrecking Ball'
Kim Kardashian in "Bound 2" (with Kanye West)
Rihanna in 'Stay'
Justin Timberlake and Topless Dancers in 'Tunnel Vision'
Lady Gaga in "The Abramovic Method"

The Canyons (2013)

Director Paul Schrader's soft-porn erotic thriller The Canyons (2013) promised to be a scandalous tale of sex, lies, cheating, film-making, mind-games, and murder. The malevolent, misanthropic thriller set in Los Angeles was written by Bret Easton Ellis. It was rated NC-17 (for explicit nudity and sex, including one contractually obligated, four-way sex scene), although the soft-core sex was basically topless for women and full-frontal for men. Shrader was known for directing American Gigolo (1980) and writing Taxi Driver (1976), while Ellis authored American Psycho (2000).

Made on a budget of $250,000, the salacious, melodramatic tale was first screened (out of competition) at the Venice Int'l Film Festival, but turned down by both the Sundance and SXSW film festivals for reported quality problems. It continued to be a low-grossing offering via VOD and iTunes.

The lethargic, dull, pretentious and lengthy film was made and viewed during a time when controversial 27 year-old former child film star Lindsay Lohan was undergoing numerous court appearances and stints of rehabilitation for drug use. Her co-star was real-life porn star James Deen (in his mainstream film debut), a well-endowed performer in thousands of adult videos.

Its sordid history in the 'making' (written as an on-set expose) was described in a NY Times Magazine article dated January 10, 2013 and titled "Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your Movie." Reportedly, Lohan's personal difficulties and erratic, unreliable behavior included ingesting sleeping aids, missing or being tardy to shoots, appointments and meetings, and being fired (and rehired).

Lindsay Lohan as Tara

In the modern-day noirish story, manipulative, sex-addicted sociopathic wannabe movie producer Christian (Deen) degraded his economically-dependent live-in plaything - his actress girlfriend Tara (Lohan). He continually brought both male and female sex partners (acquired online) for her to his Malibu mansion for sexcapades (he often sat back, watched, and masturbated). Their encounters were turned into homemade porno films, shot on Christian's phone. Before the four-way sex scene, adult film actress Lily Labeau (as "Young Hot Girl") joined full-frontal Christian as they proceeded upstairs to the bedroom to join Tara - for some lesbian kissing and unexpected male-male oral sex. The scene was shot in the dark, with laser lights projected on the foursome.

She escaped by falling for another struggling, pretty-boy actor (an old flame from her past) named Ryan (Nolan Funk), the lead in a B-grade slasher/horror film bankrolled by Christian's trust fund. Ryan professed his love for Tara, although he lived with Gina (Amanda Brooks) - Christian's assistant. When Christian, who was also trysting with Cynthia (Tenille Houston), a voluptuous yoga instructor, he became jealously aware of Tara's infidelity and their relationship - a deadly love-triangle, he let her go in exchange for a lethal favor.


Young Hot Girl
(Lily Labeau)


Swingers Foursome Scene

Cynthia
(Tenille Houston)

Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus (2013, Chile)

Writer/director Sebastián Silva's off-beat, improvised adventure (road-trip) comedy, his English-language film debut, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

It told of a camping excursion taken by the two main characters in Chile, to find an elusive hallucinogen (dubbed San Pedro, a cactus which could be cooked to produce the same effects as mescaline):

  • Jamie (Michael Cera), an American expat living in Santiago; uptight and selfish, demanding, entitled, self-absorbed and obnoxious, annoying and irritating
  • Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffman), the relaxed and eccentric title character (aka Hairy Fairy), described as a "dark tornado"; a many-layered American free-spirit (or hippie), both aloof and carefree; a vegan; open-minded, dabbling in earth magic (crystals, New Age rituals, etc.)
    [Note: Gaby Hoffman was a child star in Field of Dreams (1989), Uncle Buck (1989), and Sleepless in Seattle (1993).]

Drunk at a party, Jamie inadvertently invited Crystal to join him and his three Chilean companions - his roommate and his two brothers (Agustin, Juan and Jose Silva - director Sebastian Silva's siblings).

During the film's journey, the two revealed their flaws, personalities and imperfections within the group's dynamics. Jamie dubbed Crystal the "Hairy Fairy" during the scene of her post-shower casual full-frontal nudity in a hotel room, when she defied convention and paraded around. She also cavorted around naked while rock-climbing in the desert and at a beach.






Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffman)

Don Jon (2013)

Selection of Sexy Images in the Opening Credits Montage

Writer/director/star Joseph Gordon-Leavitt's comedy-drama Don Jon, his directorial debut feature film, examined how the rampant pervasiveness of pornography online created unrealistic expectations for romance and sex in relationships. Graphic footage was cut from the original NC-17 version of the film, allowing it to be released with an R-rating.

After an opening montage, a disembodied finger pushed the power button on a laptop and exclaimed (in voice-over), as the machine chimed:

"Yeah. Not gonna lie. This sound - gets me hard as a f--kin' rock. But I don't like to go too fast right off the bat. Yeah, I'd rather work my way into it, nice and easy. So I start off with some stills. Then, once I'm gettin' into it, I start lookin' for a video. I never actually touch my cock til I find the right clip. Then, once I do, goodbye. For the next few minutes, all the bulls--t fades away and the only thing in the world is those tits, dat ass, the blowjob... the cowboy, the doggie, the money shot and that's it. I don't gotta say anything, I don't gotta do anything. I just f--kin' lose myself. There's only a few things I really care about in life. My body. My pad. My ride. My family. My church. My boys. My girls. And my porn. I know, the last one sounds weird, but I'm just bein' honest. Nothin' else does it for me the same way, not even real pussy. And...why do you think my boys call me 'The Don'?"

For much of the film, compulsive ladies' man Jon Martello (Gordon-Leavitt), a porn-addicted Catholic, working-class bartender from New Jersey, extolled chronic masturbatory pleasure and porn (seen as more gratifying than real sex), while challenged and having difficulty with real relationships.

After spying gorgeous blonde Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) at a pick-up bar, the traditional-minded female was unattainable (not just a one-night stand), unlike most of the fast women he knew. As they got to know each other, she began to create an agenda for him - to move ahead from his Italian-American working class roots by improving himself with classes, break away once and for all from his sex addiction, and also be more satisfying to her and sensitive to her needs. Ultimately, he found fulfillment with recently-widowed, middle-aged, eccentric Esther (Julianne Moore), his truth-seeking sex mentor.






Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Leavitt) Orgasming in Front of Porn on His Computer at Pornhub.com in Opening Scene

Her (2013)

Spike Jonze's excellent and provocative drama-romance (with science-fiction elements) told about the life of kind-hearted, introverted romantic Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), whose work consisted of ghost-writing love letters for a company called BeautifulHandwrittenLetters.com. The bereft and isolated man, with glasses and a mustache, faced a major dilemma - he was in the midst of a divorce from his wife Catherine (Rooney Mara).

He bought the world's first artificially-intelligent operating system (OS1) created and individualized by Element Software (advertised as being human-like: "It's a consciousness...an intuitive entity (who) listens to you and understands you and knows you"). It had a throaty and seductive female voice, and quickly named itself Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). She described: "What makes 'me' me is my ability to grow through my experiences. Basically, in every moment, I'm evolving. Just like you." She disarmed him when she asked: "Do you mind if I look through your hard drive?" - to help him sort through years of digital clutter.

As their talking relationship developed and she began to evolve, she expressed her reservations about her feelings: "Are these feelings even real? Or are they just programming? That idea really hurts. And then I get angry at myself for even having pain."

And then, about a third of the way into the film, Theodore made 'love' to his evolving operating system for the first time, in a short sequence. The flirtatious cyber-phone sex started off while he was lying on his back in his darkened bedroom at night. He dictated that he wanted to touch her:

How would you touch me?
I'd touch you on your face, just the tips of my fingers. I'd put my cheek to your cheek.
And then?...Would you kiss me?
I would. I'd take your head into my hands.
Keep talking.
I'd kiss the corner of your mouth - so softly.
Where else? (moaning)
I'd run my fingers down your neck (more sensual pleasurable moaning) to your chest. I'd kiss your breasts.
It's amazing. What are you doing to me? I can feel my skin.
I'd put my mouth on you. I'd taste you...Yeah...
I can feel you come. Oh my God, I can't take it. I want you inside me.
And slowly I put myself into you, I'm inside you, all the way inside you.
I can feel you. Inside you.
We're here together.
It's amazing....

The screen faded to black - - for his masturbatory experience - and a mutual climax. The next morning, she confided: "Last night was amazing. It feels like something changed in me and there's no turning back. You woke me up." Confessing that he was being upfront, he told her he wasn't ready to commit yet. She assured him: "I'm not gonna stalk you." She continued: "I wanna learn everything about everything. I wanna eat it all up. I wanna discover myself...You helped me discover my ability to want."

She would have long and sometimes strange conversations with Theodore. As he was surrounded by people on a beach, they talked about how humans' anatomical parts could be changed around. What if one's butt-hole was in one's armpit? Samantha drew a picture for him of what "anal sex" would then look like.

He also told his friends on a picnic's 'double-date' what he liked about her (or it): "She's so many things. I guess what I love most about her, she isn't just one thing. She's so much larger than that." Samantha chimed in: "You know what's interesting? I used to be so worried about not having a body but now I-I truly love it. You know, I'm growing in a way that I couldn't have if I had a physical form. I mean, I'm not limited. I can be anywhere and everywhere simultaneously. I'm not tethered to time and space in a way that I would be if I was stuck in a body that's inevitably gonna die."





The Look of Love (2013, UK)

Director Michael Winterbottom's biopic was a comedy-drama about the life of controversial Paul Raymond, a wealthy entrepreneur and erotica magnate in Britain (England's Swingin' 60's answer to US playboy Hugh Hefner). It was a retro-sleazy (rise and fall) tale, partly in flashback, about the self-obsessed, philandering protagonist (portrayed by Steve Coogan).

Raymond eventually became exceedingly rich, with dozens of properties in Soho, and several entertainment businesses, including London's first official strip club Raymond Revue Bar in 1958 with racy, burlesque-style dance routines, and the erotic Men Only smut magazine. He expanded his empire with more clubs, real estate holdings and a variety of nudie magazines that pushed the boundaries of sexual obscenity and permissiveness in England.

Shots of Raymond Revue Bar Shows

His long-suffering wife Jean (Anna Friel) accepted their open marriage but eventually broke away from him, when his amoral infidelities reached a climax with pretty long-legged redhead Amber St. George (British TV actress Tamsin Egerton), an aspiring actress who first met Raymond when she performed (solely for him) a memorable naked audition by swimming in a tank. She took a role in his new controversial sex comedy-play Pyjama Tops, smartly advertised as having "Arbitrary Displays of Naked Flesh."

After Raymond divorced his wife Jean, his love partner Amber was eventually reborn as UK's first glamour icon, sex reporter Fiona Richmond - in his adults-only magazine Men Only. During one later photoshoot with another busty model, the full-frontal pubic shots were becoming more obvious, required and plentiful.

Amber - Relaunched as Fiona Richmond in Men Only

In one of the film's many other nude scenes, Amber had a foursome sex scene - a coke-driven quartet of sexual debauchery with two other naked females and Raymond.

Debauched Foursome Sex Scene in Bedroom with Overhead Mirror

The film dramatized many of Raymond's overt and covert affairs, hedonistic luxury, wealth and power, and his obsession with sex, booze and drugs (a heroin overdose led to the tragic death of his own daughter Debbie (Imogen Potts)).



Jean Raymond (Anna Friel)



Amber (Tamsin Egerton)



Men Only Photoshoot Model

Lovelace (2013)

Screenwriter Andy Bellin's adaptation of Lovelace's 1980 book "Ordeal," directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (their second dramatic feature), told about the infamous porn actress Linda Lovelace turned anti-porn crusader in a little over 90 minutes. It was filled with numerous cameos, '70s clichés, and obvious period-costuming. The film generated lots of publicity but was a major flop - playing in 118 theaters, the movie grossed only $184,000.

The whitewashed biopic shot in grainy 16 mm portrayed aspects of Linda Lovelace's (nee Linda Susan Boreman) life from two different perspectives or time-shifts: first, a straight-forward version, followed by a rendering that illustrated how she was an abused, sexually-assaulted victim. A polygraph verified the facts of her confessional memoirs that she was exploited, degraded, and coerced, although many disavowed her claims that she performed sex-on-camera at gunpoint. Although she became a spokesperson for anti-pornography crusades, some accused her of suffering from "Linda Syndrome" - porn stars who sought acceptance from society by disavowing their pasts.

In real life, Lovelace suffered from hepatitis C (from a blood transfusion), starred in a "looped" stag film about bestiality (Dogarama (1971)), was addicted to pain killers and marijuana, had a liver transplant and a double radical mastectomy - the result of illegal silicone injections she received in 1971. She also gave birth to an illegitimate child at the age of 19 (the child was adopted).

27 year-old Amanda Seyfried starred as the frizzy-haired title character (without resembling her at all), while deglamorized, aging Sharon Stone played her disciplining, domineering Catholic mother Dorothy, and Peter Sarsgaard portrayed her charismatic, opportunistic hustler husband Chuck Traynor. Growing up in suburban Miami as a prudish, sexually-conservative young girl, she was discovered poolside in a bikini by "titty bar" owner Traynor - who soon married her.

Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace During Photo-Shoot

Linda's pimping husband in the late 1960s and early 70s, who allegedly forced her into prostitution, procured the starring role for her in the first scripted porno film Deep Throat (1972) - an X-rated film about a fellatio-loving female with her clitoris in the back of her throat. The movie marked a turning point in commercial erotica whereby the focus of sexual pleasure for women became the focus. At a time of "porn chic," the adult film which entertained mainstream audiences grossed about $600 million (the most profitable porn film in cinematic history), while she claimed she was paid only $1,250.

This R-rated account of Lovelace's life was much more talkative about sex than showing anything on-screen (although she was topless during a photoshoot sequence, during an underwater swimming sequence, and in a scene of wedding night lovemaking). Small edits were made to only one sex scene (in which Traynor taught Linda how to perform oral sex) to avoid an NC-17 rating.


Real-Life Linda "Lovelace" (Boreman)




Linda Lovelace
(Amanda Seyfried)

Movie 43 (2013) ("iBabe")

This anthology film, a sketch-comedy movie co-directed and produced by Peter Farrelly, was composed of over a dozen different segments, each made by a different film-maker (over a four year period). Similar films had been made in the 70s, including The Groove Tube (1970) and Kentucky Fried Movie (1977).

The R-rated film with a star-studded ensemble cast was widely criticized for its puerile humor and poor taste, and was considered one of the worst films of the year. It received six Razzie Awards nominations: Worst Picture, Worst Director (all the directors), Worst Screenplay (all the scripters), Worst Screen Combo (the entire cast), Worst Actress (Halle Berry and Naomi Watts were singled out), and Worst Supporting Actress (Kate Bosworth and Kate Winslet were singled out).

All of the segments were framed by the story of washed-up, twitchy screenwriter Charlie Wessler (Dennis Quaid) and his pitching of comedy-sketch ideas to studio executive-producer Griffin Schraeder (Greg Kinnear) as full-fledged movies.

Examples of Film's Unusual Humor
The Catch
Homeschooled
Truth or Dare
Beezel
Davis (Hugh Jackman) with Testicles on Neck Dating Beth (Kate Winslet)
Mother-Son (Naomi Watts/Jeremy Allen White) "Incest"
Emily (Halle Berry) with Enlarged Breasts
Animated Cat Beezel Masturbating

One segment of interest, the centerpiece of the film, was directed by Steven Brill, titled iBabe. It told about a company which had manufactured a life-sized nude woman, iBabe # 1 (Cathy Cliften) and iBabe # 2 (Cherina Monteniques Scott), to be utilized as an iPod-styled MP3 player. The product was advertised as: "A New Way to Listen to Your Music."

However, the company (headed by Richard Gere) was facing major problems -- boys were trying to have sex with it, but ended up castrated or injured by a super-powerful micro-fan placed in the position of the woman's vagina. A new warning label was devised, and an advertising slogan was added: "Don't f--k it."




iBabe # 1 (Cathy Cliften)

iBabe # 2 (Cherina Monteniques Scott)

The Spectacular Now (2013)

In this coming-of-age teen film by director James Ponsoldt, high school senior Sutter Keely (Miles Teller), a budding alcoholic and life-of-the-party boy from a divorced family with a single mother, had just been dumped by Cassidy (Brie Larson), the most popular girl in school over what he called "a misunderstanding." He admitted: "I wasn't much of a relationship guy." He said: "Everything was going great in my world" - and then it fell apart. She went on to date a black student named Marcus (Dayo Okeniyi), although their breakup wasn't complete. They still communicated with each other by chat, during a daytime beer party, and one final time in her bedroom - but she had obviously moved on from his philosophy of "live in the moment."

Then, after a drunken party night, he awoke the next morning at 6 am on a suburban house lawn not knowing where he was, with one of his schoolmates looking down on him. She found him during the rounds of her paper route. The college-bound student was geeky, vulnerable, virginal and socially-clueless "nice-girl" Aimee Finecky (Shailene Woodley). He found himself falling for her, but was advised by a friend: "She's a strange choice for a rebound." Over a lunch date, he proposed that she help him as a tutor for his Geometry class. During a lesson in her bedroom, she said she described her interest in reading science fiction and manga. Although she was accepted into junior college in Philadelphia, Aimee feared that she couldn't go, because she needed to take care of her mother, but he encouraged her to stand up for herself. Likewise, she encouraged him to contact his absentee father. While drunk, Sutter invited Aimee to the prom and she accepted.

First Kiss During Walk
Prom Invite
First Sex

The two finally had sex for the first time in a very realistic sex scene about 45 minutes into the film [this was also the first sex scene for the two actors]. She told him that she liked him very much, then offered: "Should we take our shirts off?...You first." After a few kisses, she gave him a condom ("to keep the bases covered"), removed her bra, and let him get on top of her. She cautioned: "Go slow" as he began to move above her - before the screen went to black. The Alliance of Women Film Journalists nominated the two leads for the Best Depiction of Nudity, Sexuality or Seduction Award.


Sutter (Miles Teller)

Cassidy (Brie Larson)

Aimee (Shailene Woodley)


Last Image in Film

Spring Breakers (2013)

Provocateur Harmony Korine's neon-colored, edgy tale was about a corrupted quartet of nubile Kentucky collegiate girls on spring break in St. Petersburg, Florida. The girls acted out their fantasy of being gun-toting gangsters, always bursting out of their skimpy bikinis (Tagline: A little sun can bring out your dark side). Before the spring break trip, the film's main sexual theme was exemplified by Candy's self-labeled drawing during her college class - of enlarged male genitals with the caption "SpringBreakBitch," accompanied by her mimicking of fellatio.

The casting of the four main characters drew from unlikely good-girl sources: Disney Channel (Hudgens and Gomez), ex-girlfriends of Justin Bieber and Zac Efron, and Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson:

  • Brittany (Ashley Benson), dirty blonde
  • Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), dirty blonde
  • Faith (Selena Gomez), dark-haired
  • Cotty (Rachel Korine, the director's wife), red-headed
The Four Spring Breakers

They financed their trip to Florida (to supplement their meager $325 stash) by holding up a local diner with realistic-looking squirt guns, matching sweaters and ski masks. Often they described their motivations for going-bad - pretending that they were in a "video game" - or in a "movie." Once in the land of debauched spring breakers, their on-screen narration about their wonderful trip was counterpointed by scenes of partiers and their urinating on a sidewalk:

Hi Grandma. Having so much fun here. This place is special. I'm starting to think this is the most spiritual place I've ever been. I think we found ourselves here. We finally got to see some other parts of the world. We saw some beautiful things here. God, I can't believe how many friends we made. Friends from all over the place. I mean, and everyone was so sweet here - so warm and friendly. It's way more than just having a good time. God, it was so nice to get a break from reality for a little while. We'll always remember this trip. I wanna go back next year with you. Something so amazing, magical, something so beautiful. Feels as if the world is perfect, like it's never gonna end.

At "the end of the dream," they were busted for doing drugs in a hotel room and ended up in a police holding cell. Soon, they were bailed out from two more days in jail by crime lord (gangsta) and rapper Alien (James Franco, unrecognizable with corn rows, platinum teeth and tattoos), known for his phrase: "Spring Break Forevah" He had acquired his wealth by illegal weapons sales and robbery of spring-breakers. As he put them in his car (with license plate BALLR), he urged: "I'll be your chauffeur....You all can play Beyonce."

Uncomfortable with the situation, Faith returned home due to the extreme situation (she said, "I'm going home, I don't like it here, It's too weird, this is not what we came here for"), while the other miscreant girls were mesmerized by Alien's world of weapons, cash, and luxury ("the American Dream"). At one tense point, Brit and Candy stuck loaded hand-guns deep into Alien's mouth and threatened to shoot him and rob all his stuff. They asked: "Do you like that in there?" - he reacted by submitting to them and mock-fellating the silencer at the end of one of the weapons that they brandished like "dicks" at waist-level. They squealed with joy: "You sick motherf--ker!" - as he admitted that he also liked it: "You're my motherf--kin' soulmates! I swear to God, I just fell in love with you all."

However, during a drive-by shooting soon after, Cotty suffered a bullet shot in her arm and returned home. Before violent retaliation in the film's exaggerated finale, Brit and Candy swam naked in a pool threesome sex scene with Alien - the girls lesbian kissed each other and took turns having sex with Alien underwater.

Poolside Three-Way Sex Scene

They then plotted ("Are we gonna do this or what?") to kill Alien's main rival Big Arch (Gucci Mane) and his associates. The two girls continually goaded Alien: "You're f--kin' scared, aren't ya?...Scardy-pants!" During the scene, Alien was shot and killed on a long boat pier leading to Big Arch's mansion, while surviving Brit and Candy (with matching ski masks and yellow bikinis) carried on and retaliated further by killing Big Arch and all of his gang members - filmed like a video-game shootout. They drove away in Big Arch's Lamborghini, with the film's final line in voice-over: "Spring Break Forevah, Bitches!"





Topless Spring Breakers in Opening Montage

"SpringBreakBitch"

Alien (James Franco)

"The American Dream"


The Mock Fellatio Scene

Sweetwater (2013) (aka Sweet Vengeance)

Logan Miller's western thriller had the tagline: Revenge is Sweet. The film's main story was about a bloody triangle between three peculiar characters who met in the late 1800s on the rugged plains of the New Mexico Territory:

  • the Mormon Priest-Prophet Josiah (Jason Isaacs), fanatical, sadistic and insane, thought God ordained him to rape and murder
  • gunslinging Sheriff Jackson (Ed Harris), eccentric, searching for missing men on Josiah's property
  • former prostitute Sarah Ramirez (January Jones, from AMC's Mad Men)

In a memorable sequence, the wronged Sarah sought revenge after Josiah murdered her landowning Mexican husband Miguel (Eduardo Noriega). Wearing sheer white leggings but topless, she slowly waded into a fast-moving river. She allowed a few men to approach on horseback from a distance, as she faced away from them. Then, when they got close to ogle her, she turned around and let them have it. As they stared at her breasts - one of the film's major selling points from a marketing angle, she fired her pistol at them, killing one of them.

Sarah Ramirez (January Jones)

Jolene (Jenny Gabrielle)

Trance (2013, UK)

Director Danny Boyle's psychological thriller, set in London, involved the heist of a painting. It starred Rosario Dawson as Elizabeth Lamb, an American hypnotherapist. She was hired and selected by conspiratorial gangster Franck (Vincent Cassel) to help jog the memory of Franck's amnesiac colleague Simon Newton (James McAvoy). Simon needed to be compelled to remember the location of a valuable stolen Goya art painting from Delancy's auction house where he worked.

With a shocking full-front nude-shaved appearance, Elizabeth was involved in seducing (and hypnotizing) Simon to attempt to find the painting. As the story twisted and turned (alternating from dreams-trances to real-life), it was revealed that Elizabeth had known Simon a year and a half earlier, although she had used hypnotic suggestion to have him forget their affair (when she had shaved her pubic area to look like a painting). During the heist of the painting, he remembered their previous relationship. She ended up with the stolen painting, and Simon died in a flaming car that plunged into a river.

Franck survived - and months later, Elizabeth sent him an iPad video of her with the painting in her apartment. She admitted to Franck that she had hypnotically implanted a suggestion for Simon to steal the painting and give it to her. Elizabeth gave Franck the option to forget the whole ordeal, and a button for an app named "Trance" - the film ended with Franck debating whether to select the icon on the screen.


2 Guns (2013)

Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur's R-rated, formulaic, escapist action buddy-cop film starred Denzel Washington (as Robert "Bobby" Trench) and Mark Wahlberg (as Michael "Stig" Stigman), the titular characters - two gun-toting criminals working together for two years on the Texas/Mexico border.

They became allied against Mexican drug cartel lord Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos) whose alleged cocaine-drug money, estimated to be about $3 million, was in safety deposit boxes in a fictional small-town Texas (Tres Cruces) border bank. Their plan was to rob the bank, frame each other, and charge Greco with money laundering and tax evasion, among other charges. However, their mission was botched (they ended up with $43.125 million dollars in cash - a huge stash of money that was not Greco's, but belonged to a different government agency). The money went missing after Stig, who had absconded with the stolen cash, delivered it to his double-crossing Naval officer boss, Commander Harold "Harvey" Quince (James Marsden).

To make things more complicated, it was revealed that both men were good-guys (the trailer gave away this spoiler) -- undercover federal agents. Bobby was a DEA agent, and Stig was a former Naval Intelligence (NCIS) petty officer. Betrayed and back-stabbed, the two found themselves (and the money) pursued by the DEA, Naval Intelligence, the CIA, and the Mexican drug cartel. Also on the trail of the stolen millions was insane, heartless, ruthless and sadistic, villainous, cowboy-hatted, and mysterious Earl (Bill Paxton) - he was ultimately revealed to be Greco's associate, and was a black ops operative aligned with the CIA. The film ended with a climactic Mexican standoff between all the corrupt US government entities, similar in style to Quentin Tarantino's movies, with money flying everywhere.

Paula Patton starred as DEA Agent Deb Rees, Trench's on-again/off-again lover (representing the film's token love interest), but she was also dating Harvey Quince. In the film's climax, Deb was revealed to be Quince's partner-in-crime - the two had planned to steal the money for themselves. (Note: The money was stashed in the motel room where the film's two sex scenes occurred.)

There were two scenes of Deb's brief nudity in the motel room with Bobby (necessitating the R-rating, along with the violence and adult language):

  • with red thong panties, Deb revealed her abdomen and bare breasts (although obscured mostly by her long hair); as she sat on a clothed Bobby's bed, she told him that she was dating another guy: "I'm dating." He scoffed, calling Harvey an "imaginary boyfriend." She rebuked him: "He's not my boyfriend, and his name's not Harvey...You don't get to be jealous anymore, Bobby. You pushed me away." When he interjected: "So you could be with a heartbeat," she swore at him: "F--k you." Slightly later, she asked: "Did you ever really love me? Hmm?" He replied: "I really meant to love you."
  • wearing black thong panties and a bra, Deb joined Bobby on the bed (for implied sex); he jokingly called her a "bad DEA agent," to which she innocently responded: "Am I bad?...Am I a bad girl?"






Deb (Paula Patton) with Bobby (Denzel Washington)

Under the Skin (2013, UK)

Jonathan Glazer's science-fiction thriller was notorious when during filming, naked photos of Johansson's nude scenes were leaked on the Web. An FBI probe eventually led to the arrest of two phone hackers.

Scarlett Johansson played the role of Isserley (aka Laura), an alien seductress who preyed on young men in Scotland. The story was based on the novel by Michel Faber. During most of the film, Johansson was nude or in her underwear or revealing her cleavage.

There were a total of four nude scenes, one about eight minutes into the film in a lengthy backlit scene shot at a distance against a white background, in which she was leaning over an unconscious female motorcyclist (Lynsey Taylor Mackay). She was stripping the woman of her clothing and putting the clothes on herself.

In the third nude scene, an extended full frontal scene shot in a reddish haze (from an electric heater) within a dark room, Laura examined her body while standing before a mirror - revealing her breasts and shadowy genital area.




Isserley/Laura (Scarlett Johansson)

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