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Teen Lust

Adolescent boys were less sexually active in the late 1990s than they were earlier in the decade, but probably not by choice. An 8.5 percent decline in sexual activity among 15- to 17-year-old males means that less than half of this cohort was sexually active in 1997 (down from 54 percent in 1991). One researcher ascribes the spike in celibacy to teen girls' increasing power within a relationship. "Adolescent sexuality hasn't slowed down, male behavior is just more controlled by female behavior," says Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D., a sociologist at the University of Washington. Schwartz's study, published in the journalContexts, analyzed data on more than 10,000 teens, compiled by the Center for Disease Control.

Teen Lust


The overall rate of sexual activity declined by 5.7 percent, and the number of pregnancies, abortions and sexually transmitted diseases also fell in the 1990s. Schwartz views this as proof that teens are "better educated and less embarrassed" about sex.

The movie is not a new release exactly, but it appeared on my Vudu account under recent horror comedies that might appeal to my undying love for the best film of 2015 (which you probably didn't see either) Deathgasm. The Teen Lust title, while it speaks to certain carnal urges, wasn't what drew my attention entirely to this gem of a movie. No, that title, coupled with the poster are what had my eyebrows raised. It features a lush teen girl unlocking her bra from behind, showing off her Satanic tattoo. Add fire, and the fact that Daryl Sabara is the second lead, and I ordered that sh*t right away. Listen, Scrunts: I was not disappointed!&#160

While Spy Kids and its sequels were fun for the early Aughts, they were family films that fell slightly out of my peripheral at the time. It wasn't until Bobcat Goldthwait's modern day comedy masterpiece World's Greatest Dad that Sabara emerged as one of the most promising talents of these past two decades. Though he's been widely underused, flying in with a stealth appearance in Eli Roth's Green Inferno, a cameo in Disney's John Carter and not much else. Once again, he creates what is one of the best teen characters in recent cinema. Though, he's just one of the many great joys to discover in this swift hour and twenty minutes.&#160

Praise must also goes to the lead, Jesse Carere, who plays the situation at hand with clever abandon and conviction. His Neil is a real prize in this tale of virginity loss, and he manages to turn everything we've seen before in the genre on its head.&#160If you didn't think there was anywhere new to take the sex comedy, you are very sorely mistaken. And this movie plays like a challenge set out to director Blaine Thurier and his co-writer Jason Stone. The screenplay recalls all the great 80s movies on the subject, and even plays to the teen resurgence seen in the late 90s and early 2000s. In some ways, it's a sly callback to American Pie that deftly answers the question, 'Where do you go after f*cking pastries?'

The movie ends on a happy note that will have you singing along as our heroes sail off into the sunset. Teen Lust arrives with a real Once Bitten vibe, calling back certain aspects of that Jim Carrey horror comedy. But Teen Lust goes above and beyond the call of duty. It's not just some throw away direct-to-video waste of time. It's a love letter to 80s teen sex and horror comedies that is a solid neo-classic in the genre. If you're looking for something new and awesome to watch, I implore you, order up eOne's Teen Lust today on whatever streaming device you utilize on a daily basis. Just make sure who ever reads back receipts at the end of the month is in on the joke.

Color, 1979, 86/77m.Directed by James HongStarring Kirsten Baker, Perry Lang, Leslie Cederquist, Richard Singer, Michael Heit, Lee Ann Barnes, Dolly Carolla, George "Buck" FlowerCode Red (US R0 NTSC) / WS (1.78:1) (16:9)It's safe to say that no one else has ever had a career like that of actor James Hong, the indelible character actor who earned his cinematic immortality with hundreds of roles including the villainous Lo Pan in Big Trouble in Little China and ill-fated Chew in Blade Runner (not to mention the voice of Po's adopted dad in the Kung Fu Panda films). If that all sounds pretty mainstream, well, he also directed a few films on the side starting off with a pretty raunchy softcore Rene Bond film in 1973, Hot Connections. Six years later he followed that up with the teen sex comedy under discussion here, The Girl Next Door, which was issued under a multitude of titles over the years like Police Academy Girls, High School Teasers, and most famously on VHS from Vestron as Teen Lust. Even more confusingly, one of the trailers and some of the ad art refer to it as The Girls Next Door. In any case, what might seem like your average Porky's imitation is a lot more fascinating when you consider that it came out about three years ahead of that craze, and it's still weird enough to stand out from its jiggling peers.

The "plot" revolves around a group of teenagers who are all interested in getting in each other's pants, even when they're sitting around watching silly home movies of each other. DeDe (Barnes) will pop her top at the drop of a hat to get back with her ex, Terry (Lang), whose nice girlfriend, Carol (Friday the 13th Part 2's Baker), is busy in a police training program after school with her best pal Neeley (Cederquist). This proves to be the springboard for a string of barely connected vignettes involving a prostitution sting operation, a mentally incapacitated guy next door, pie fights, cross dressing, home invasion, a gay priest, attempted gang rape by little leaguers, and a wedding that seems to be heading for disaster.

Susan Smith is a 28 year-old lesbian. Her greatest thrill is to have sex with young women who though willing are "virgins" to girl-girl sex. She has established a lifestyle that enables her to regularly enjoy this thrill in a way that is not destructive. She worries about her unusual taste, but is resigned to the reality that nothing turns her on more than watching the transition as the embarrassed reluctance felt by a nubile young woman who is having her own sex tasted by another woman for the first time is gradually transmuted into eager lust under the skilful ministrations of an experienced lesbian. An experienced lesbian like Susan Smith, that is.

I remember clearly my first encounter with a copy of Cecily von Ziegesar's Gossip Girl. Reading the back cover, my eyebrows shot up at the quote from Teen People; "Sex and the City for the younger set." My mind paused in wonder for a brief moment. Then I said outloud, "Do teens really need a version of Sex and the City?"

Books for teens are often a cause for concern among well-meaning adults. Authors reach out to young adults by writing about tough issues, perhaps ones they encountered in their own teen years. What issue could be more universal than desire brought on by raging hormones and the need to be liked by someone, anyone? Libba Bray titled her first teen novel A Great and Terrible Beauty to describe that time when we become aware of our sexuality yet are unsure how to handle it. Precisely because teens may not be ready to handle it, parents object to depictions of romance and sex in teen novels. But are these novels serving as examples of behavior or are they describing what really happens? Does life imitate art or does art imitate life?

The answer is both. Authors write what is familiar to them and we find comfort in their knowledge of the human heart. This is especially true since a wider variety of teen experiences are now being published, including gay and lesbian romances such as David Leviathan's Boy Meets Boy. Teens can also read a novel to try on someone else's life without consequences. In Meg Cabot's Princess in Waiting, Mia and her girlfriends become "the followers of the Jane Eyre technique of boyfriend-handling." Of course there are some negative results, causing the girls to reconsider the wisdom of imitating fictional characters. Like Mia, some teens may try to follow in a character's footsteps, only to find that real life plays out differently than the novel. But Mia and friends also realize they can't blame romance novels for their plight. They decide that "romantic heroines from literature really [are our] friends" and have "valuable lessons" to teach us.

I myself finally read Gossip Girl. Despite the cover, it wasn't that shocking. Looking past the posh clothes, fancy homes, and volume of alcohol consumed, I saw characters not that different from kids at my former high school - insecure girls who spread rumors about friends, boys who want to have sex but wonder about love, and couples who second guess themselves but reach out to each other anyway. I realized that this is why this series and many other similar books are so popular with teens, not the potential for illicit content or ideas for future trouble. Teens are looking for stories about what it feels like to be a teen - a commiseration and celebration of what it feels like to be alive.

These issues have become more a part of the public dialogue on American campuses as the number of reported date rapes has increased. Some universities have reacted by adopting social-conduct codes, others have begun to offer workshops, hot lines, and counseling. But the traveling theater troupe of college-age actors known as the Anti-Sexual Abuse Project (ASAP) has gained plaudits for spurring conversation among parents and high-school teens.

"Rightly or wrongly, parents across America have a real problem opening a discussion with their ... children about the realities of sex and drinking," says Toby Simon, former associate dean of student life at Brown University and creator of the program. "This gives them a nonconfrontational opening to hear each other's views as well as the views of both teen and adult peers." 041b061a72


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