The forbidden fruit that you can only get if you’re above 18… We’re talking about R-rated sex comedies, what were you thinking? Comedy films come in many forms — they could be family comedies that anyone can watch comfortably with anyone, then you have sports comedies and also romcoms (romantic comedies) that you would probably watch with your partner. But then there’s this another type of comedies that make parents frown with disapproval — sex comedies.
13. Ibiza: Love Drunk (2018)
The story of this Netflix original film centers around a woman called Harper who works at a PR agency in New York. When she is sent on a trip to Barcelona by her company to secure a deal with a new client, Nikki and Leah, two of Harper’s closest friends, decide to accompany her on her journey. In Barcelona, Harper meets a DJ called Leo and is immediately smitten by him. The two of them spend some great time together, but Leo informs Harper that he has to go to Ibiza for work. Even at the risk of losing her job, Harper decides to follow Leo to Ibiza and even takes her friends along. Though the story of ‘Ibiza: Love Drunk’ is not that great, superior performances and good comedic moments are the factors that make this film a great watch.
12. Swiped (2018)
‘Swiped’ centers around two college freshmen- James Singer, and his friend Lance Black. While James is the sort of person who hardly has any friends and is always busy with his computer, Lance is a ladies man who is interested in nothing but parties and sex. Lance soon understands that James is a computer genius and encourages him to develop an app where people would only meet for hookups. However, little do they realize that things will soon get out of their hands. Soon the app becomes so popular that everyone around them, including their parents and college professors, starts using it. It makes James worry whether he has given birth to a culture that might prove detrimental for these people at some point in time. The film uses rather broad generalizations in its treatment of love from the male and female perspectives. While the two central characters are well-written, none of the others have a prominent effect on the audiences.
11. The Little Hours (2017)
A dark comedy film set in the medieval era, ‘The Little Hours‘ tells the story of three nuns who live in a convent and follow a monastic lifestyle. However, we soon come to realize that this monastic routine is a farce that they put up and that they are quite problematic in their personal lives. Alessandra, Ginerva, and Fernanda, these three nuns in question, verbally torture the gardener who works in the convent to such an extent that he is forced to leave his job. Father Tommasso, the priest of this convent, gets hold of another man to replace the gardener but asks him to pretend to be a deaf and mute person so that the nuns leave him alone. Meanwhile, we discover Fernanda and Ginerva having sex while the new gardener and Alessandra develop a romantic relationship between themselves. A hilarious film with a rich subtext and brilliant performances, ‘Little Hours’ is a riveting black comedy you must check out.
10. Lust Stories (2018)
Since the Indian film certification board is rather strict when it comes to matters regarding sex, the liberty which Netflix offers is welcomed by the open arms by four eminent Indian filmmakers in this anthology film. ‘Lust Stories‘ is the brainchild of Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, and Dibakar Banerjee. Each of them has made a film involving sex in modern India, and two of them are quite humorous. Kashyap’s film deals with the sexual relationship between a teacher and a student which the latter confuses with love, while Johar’s film deals with the pressures a modern, liberated woman has in trying to adjust with the needs of her in-laws. The climax of Johar’s film is one of the most daring and comedic scenes when it comes to dealing with sex-related films in India. While the other two films are brilliant in their ways, you won’t find much humor in them.
9. Hot Bot (2016)
This 2016 film is a sex comedy based on the adventures of two teenagers who come across a sexbot and get very excited with the prospect of finally getting to have sex. We are informed that this German-made sexbot has been imported into America to be used by a senator. However, when two security personnel who were in charge of the transportation opened up the box to check the robot, she managed to overpower them and escape. The two teens in question, Limus, and Leonard are complete nerds who have never managed to have girlfriends. When they come across this sexbot, whose name is Bardot, they go to every extent possible in order to keep her hidden. The narrative of this film has a few loose points, and the humor too does not work in many places. Writers Mark and Michael Polish did choose an interesting topic to work on, but the film does not manage to make any impact whatsoever.
8. Oh, Ramona! (2019)
A teen sex-comedy from Romania, ‘Oh, Ramona!’ centers around a teenaged boy called Andrei who is in love with the hottest girl in his school, the eponymous Ramona. However, when Ramona approaches him with the intention of getting physically intimate, Andrei turns her down thinking that this would disrupt the romantic interest that he has in her. After being rejected, Ramona starts dating Andrei’s best friend in order to take revenge on him. The heartbroken Andrei is taken by his mother on a vacation where he meets another girl he falls in love with. The story then moves towards how he manages to deal with these two romantic interests in his life. ‘Oh, Ramona!’ is filled with overt sexualizations, a rather weak plot and under-developed characters. The film hardly works on any level whatsoever.
7. Good Kids (2016)
Coming-of-age films are something everyone loves watching. These films generally center around the life of people who are about to end their high school life and enter college where life will give them newer horizons to explore. Some classic films of the genre like Richard Linklater’s ‘Dazed And Confused‘ and George Lucas‘ ‘American Graffiti‘ are able to capture this emotion perfectly. But the film in question, ‘Good Kids’, remains just a sex comedy, and does not strive towards becoming anything more meaningful. The film revolves around four nerds, Andy (Nicholas Braun), Nora (Zoey Deutch), Spice (Israel Broussard) and “The Lion” (Mateo Arias). The four of them have always been studious individuals who have never partied or had sex while in high school. The story begins at a time when they decide to get a first-hand experience of these things they have always avoided. Being inexperienced in this regard, their advances mostly result in misadventures. While the plot of the film isn’t that great, ‘Good Kids’ does become an entertaining watch because of its interesting characters.
6. Zack and Mini Make a Porno (2008)
Starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks, Zack and Miri have been friends since the first grade, despite having jobs they’re not able to pay their bills. To get them out of their financial dilemma, Zack comes up with a bizarre idea of making a porn movie to earn more money. But things get more complicated when lifelong friends Zack and Miri who had earlier decided that they won’t let sex affect their friendship start to fall for each other. Will they be able to resist the emotional connection they experience with each other and retaliate each other’s actions, or will they give in to their feelings and pour their hearts out?
5. She’s Out of My League (2010)
Kirk is a “nice guy” and you know what they say about nice guys right? “Nice guys finish last.” Not in this film though. Heavily criticized for being the introverted wimp that he is, Kirk, the protagonist, surprises everyone — his friends, family, and even his ex-girlfriend when he starts dating drop-dead gorgeous Molly who is a solid 10 according to his friends. Initially, he makes a complete fool out of himself and even “stains” his pants while making out with Molly. But then he decides to turn things around and with the help of his friends he goes through some serious manscaping to become the man Molly deserves.
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4. Lady-Like (2017)
Funny, loud-mouthed and a social misfit, Allie struggles to find her way through university with her BFF Kort. Allie tries to dodge all her life problems by getting away with her sense of humor. A great feel-good sex comedy for the ladies, ‘Lady-Like’ is the story of how Allie initially helps her best friend gets a boyfriend but later regrets doing it when she’s left out in the cold when the couple starts to really hit it off. Allie is forced to look inside herself when her best friend becomes distant and that’s when she faces the atrocities of being an adult and the challenges of being self-dependent.
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3. Sleeping with Other People (2015)
New Yorkers Lainey and Jake struggle to maintain a real relationship. When they run into each other twelve years after a one-night stand in college, both realize that they’re dealing with the same problem — they’re serial cheaters. But as the two get closer, it becomes harder for them to keep going on as friends, stuck between being realistic and hopelessly romantic. While the movie does have its own set of romantic cliches and cheesy music, it stands out from others by portraying a raw, sexual and wet, dreamish rom-com, showing people who’ve got real problems.
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2. Someone Great (2019)
A Netflix original film ‘Someone Great‘ starts with the story of a girl called Jenny who has managed to land her dream job as a music journalist for the Rolling Stone magazine. However, Jenny’s happiness does not last long and comes crashing down when her boyfriend breaks up with her. Just like Jenny, her other two friends Erin and Blair are also going through problems in their own romantic relationships. The three of them decide that they need to take a trip together before Jenny moves to San Francisco to start on her new job. The series of adventures and realizations that they have in New York becomes a revealing experience for the three girls. With enough steamy scenes and strong humor, ‘Someone Great’ is a film that must be on your watchlist.
1. The Incredible Jessica James (2017)
A Netflix romantic comedy by writer-director James C. Strouse, ‘The Incredible Jessica James’ tells the story of the eponymous woman who is an aspiring playwright living in New York City. When the film begins, we see Jessica telling a man she has met through Tinder how she has recently gone through a breakup. We get to understand through Jessica’s conversations that she is a fiercely independent person who does not hesitate to confirm her likes or dislikes about any issue whatsoever. During another one of these Tinder dates with a man called Boone, the two of them realize that they have both been out of serious relationships quite recently. Despite the date not starting off on a good note, they bond and even end up having sex at some point. As the two of them talk, other similarities in their characters become apparent. This makes Jessica and Boone partners in trying to figure out how to deal with life post-breakup. With brilliantly written characters and a strong performance by Jessica Williams in the leading role, this is a film which offers you a fresh look at a tried and tested genre.
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