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



The History of Sex in Cinema

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:

Nudity and Sexual Scenes in Cable-TV Dramas and Shows
The Girl's Guide to Depravity
The Girl's Guide to Depravity
The Girl's Guide to Depravity
The Girl's Guide to Depravity

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

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)

Are You Here (2013)

Steve's Attractive Neighbor (Melanie Ratcliff)

This light-hearted, quirky comedy-drama from Emmy winning director Matthew Weiner (known for AMC's Mad Men), was his feature film debut - and unfortunately, it was not well-received by critics or audiences. The buddy comedy told about bromance-friendship, addiction, and issues between siblings. Its tagline was: "Friendship...there's nothing in it for anybody."

Pot smoking, immature, womanizing, superficial-minded weatherman Steve Dallas (Owen Wilson) in Annapolis, MD, was childhood pals with bi-polar, 'green' enthusiast Ben Baker (Zach Galifianakis), in a co-dependent relationship.

Steve spent some of his time in his apartment as a 'peeping tom' viewing his attractive neighbor (Melanie Ratcliff) - he watched from afar on his balcony through her window. He was amazed on one occasion when she stepped out of her clothes and underwear, turned toward him totally nude, placed her hands on her hips, and smiled back at him. He also briefly hooked up with shallow, fellow news anchor Victoria Riolobos (Alana de la Garza), who complained - coming out of his bathroom, that she had to leave because he had no teeth whitening trays.

When Ben's estranged wealthy father passed away in Pennsylvania, Ben inherited everything, although his successful, hard-driving, always-angry sister Terri Coulter (Amy Poehler) did not, and the young, free-spirited hippy sexy wife Angela Baker (Laura Ramsey) was left with nothing. Steve took Ben on a road trip back to his hometown for an uncomfortable confrontation, including the funeral and reading of the will.

Victoria Riolobos
(Alana de la Garza)

Angela (Laura Ramsey)

Babysitter Massacre (2013)

(Joni Durian)
(Tara Clark)
(Odette Despairr)

Writer/director Henrique Couto's low-budget and low-quality horror-thriller was a tribute to the slasher films of the 1980s, with very abundant nudity (in a series of completely gratuitous nude sequences with mostly very buxom females), violence, and death scenes perpetrated by a masked killer. It was reminiscent of The Slumber Party Massacre (1982), The House On Sorority Row (1983), and Sorority House Massacre (1986).

The setting for the exploitative bloodfest was Halloween in Ray Falls, Ohio, where seven years earlier, a member of their junior-high babysitting club, April, was kidnapped and presumably murdered by a maniacal, faceless killer, wearing a blank-white, featureless mask. A group of friends were still guilt-ridden about April's disappearance, and seemed to blame the sole survivor of the event years earlier - a pierced and goth-looking Bianca (Marylee Osborne), who was outcast from the group and hunting for the killer on her own.

A friend and neighbor of April's, named Angela (Erin R. Ryan) - the final girl - invited all her former roommates over for a sleepover to rekindle friendships, including Arlene (Tara Clark) and Lucky (Joni Durian). At the party, the females drank wine and dressed up in provocative lingerie. Meanwhile, a masked psychotic killer with a white stocking head-mask and army jacket was slaughtering females, in a series of gory set-pieces of torture (murder by shears, hatchet, straight razor, scissors, bare hands, scalding water, mace and a hammer).

During the evening, Angela was repeatedly receiving gruesome, increasingly-bloody picture-phone communications from several of the other club-members, none of whom showed up at the party! The killer was eventually revealed to be Angela's neighbor, Mr. Walker (Geoff Burkman), the father of missing/murdered April, who had become romantically obsessed with Angela.

In a concluding life and death struggle with him, they both were stabbed, and he declared that he wanted to immolate himself with her, by setting the house on fire: "The only thing more romantic than running away together, is dying together...Love is a bitch!" Angela's last words to Bianca, who had fled the terrifying scene, were: "It's not your fault."

(l to r): Angela, Arlene, Lucky

(Erin Ryan)

(Odette Despairr)

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).

  • Celine (Julie Delpy), a Parisian environmentalist-feminist
  • Jesse Wallace (Ethan Hawke), an American writer, 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 et 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 top honor was awarded to both the director, Abdellatif Kechiche, and the film’s two actresses, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos. The film's screenplay was based on the graphic novel by Julie Maroh - it was an intense portrayal of first love and sexual awakening.

There was considerable controversy due to its explicit subject matter, and reports from the two actresses who later claimed that the filming was a grueling experience and that they would never work for director Kechiche again.

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."

It told of a developing romantic relationship between:

  • Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a teenaged, 17 year-old high-school student from a conservative, working-class family; entered an elementary school teaching career
  • Emma (Léa Seydoux), a blue-haired collegiate Fine Art student, a painter; from an open-minded, middle-class family

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.


Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos)

Adèle with Emma (Léa Seydoux)

Adèle Posing Nude For Drawing

Lesbian Love Scene

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, 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"
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Movie Title/Year and Film/Scene Description

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

(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

Fading Gigolo (2013)

Writer/director/actor John Turturro's midlife sex comedy, an oddball film with a jazzy score, featured the tagline: "The oldest profession just got older." Broke florist and unemployed plumber Fioravante (Turturro) decided to become a professional "Don Juan" - reluctantly urged by friend Murray Schwartz (Woody Allen), a NY rare books store owner (going out of business), who served as his pimp-manager (taking the name "Bongo"). Fioravante was hesitant: "I'm not a beautiful man," but acquiesed.

The off-the-wall, mercenary pimp idea was overheard by Murray when listening to attractive dermatologist Dr. Parker (Sharon Stone), a bored hedonistic rich wife who wondered aloud about having a threesome menage a trois with her curvy best friend Selima (Sofia Vergara), and an experienced male prostitute - for cash. She would soon become one of Fioravante's clients, when Murray suggested he had a gigolo in mind, for $1,000 (for an hour or one trick).

In the central scene, Dr. Parker invited gigolo Fioravante to her plush New York apartment, where they at first planned to have sex without Selima - she admitted: "I've never done this before.". Dr. Parker commented on the awkward situation over drinks: "This is so high school," before they began to dance. During sex from behind, she swore repeatedly at her husband: "F--k you, Claude." After their two hour rendezvous, she paid him with an envelope filled with $2,000 cash, plus a tip of $500. They split the money: $1,500 for Fioravante, and $1,000 for Murray. Fioravante admitted: "I'm your ho." It was becoming a very lucrative business for the two of them.

When curvaceous Selima heard Dr. Parker's recounting of her gigolo's "silky" skin, and comparison to pistachio ice cream, she proposed having a menage a trois. Finally, Parker was ready to add another person. During the act, she wondered: "I can't believe we're doing this." However, Fioravante couldn't perform, because they guessed (and he admitted apologetically) that he was "preoccupied" and "in love" with another woman (with Avigal).

Meanwhile, Murray brought together Fioravante and fragile and repressed widow Avigal (Vanessa Paradis), whose orthodox Hasidic rabbi husband was recently deceased, leaving her with six children. Fioravante did not press to have sex with her, although administered an oil massage on her back.

Feelings grew and intensified between Avigal and Fioravante, although they were from different cultural worlds, causing the gigolo encounters to be more difficult.

Dr. Parker
(Sharon Stone)

Threesome with Dr. Parker and Selima
(Sofia Vergara)

Hell Baby (2013)

Co-writers/directors Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon created this sketch-based, uneven low-budget horror/comedy - following in the wake of Scary Movie (2000) and Scream (1996). It was mostly an excuse to parody many classic horror films, such as The Exorcist (1973), Rosemary's Baby (1968), The Omen (1976), The Shining (1980), The Amityville Horror (1979), and Poltergeist (1982), among others. The film's tagline: "The Devil got a baby mama."

It was about a haunted house in New Orleans, bought as a fixer-upper by an expectant Caucasian married couple:

  • Jack (Rob Corddry)
  • Vanessa (Leslie Bibb)

Their intention was to quickly flip it and make a profit. It was nicknamed by the locals as "House of Blood" (La Maison de Sang), and had a long, well-known, and horrifying history of bloody encounters. In order to exorcize the house of ghosts or demons, the Vatican dispatched Italian-accented, chain-smoking Father Padrigo (Thomas Lennon) and Father Sebastian (Robert Ben Garant). Also, the characters included two dim-witted, bumbling cops who showed up: Ron (Paul Scheer) and Mickey (Rob Huebel) who delighted in eating po’ boy sandwiches, and a haggard, bloated, always-naked old woman desiring oral sex with Jack - revealed as a patient from the nursing-care facility down the street.

Lengthy Nude Shower Sequence

One of the film's stars, Wiccan-believing priestess, hippy-dippy sister-in-law Riki Lindhome (as Marjorie), Vanessa's sister, chose to go gratuitously full frontal in a lengthy, 5-minute bathroom bathroom scene. When Jack threw open the shower curtain as he invited himself in, thinking it was his wife ("I hope there's some hot water left over for ze little monsieur") he startled Marjorie in the shower. He was shocked: "Why is my wife's sister in my shower?" After a further peek at his "little monsieur," she stated: "I didn't know you were circumcised, Jack." As she oiled her entire naked body, she criticized circumcision as "genital mutilation" - "It's slicing off the tops of boys' dicks, just because a couple-thousand year-old book about a medicine man named Moses says to do it. That's religion for you...You have a pretty nice dick, Jack." She also gave her views on marriage: "It's basically institutionalized slavery and the subjugation of women...Just because you're married to my sister, it doesn't mean you own her." She then asked if he would oil her back, with her "all natural, organic quinoa-flax lotion with kelp and octopus placenta."

As he massaged her back, she admitted: "I'm a f--king idiot with guys" and went on to detail her boyfriend failures. She then volunteered to oil up Jack's back: "It's not sexual, Jack. It's just people," causing him to have an obvious erection. After he was embarrassed and called their situation "wildly inappropriate," she tried to assure him: "It's nothing to be embarrassed by, it's totally natural. If anything, I think it should be totally celebrated. That's what a maypole symbolizes, of course."

Birth of Demonic Twin and Its Destruction

In the over-the-top finale after the birth of twin boys (borrowing from Basket Case (1982)) in the couple's bedroom, Jack electrocuted the demonic baby and it succumbed in a fiery explosion. Unexpectedly in front of the house after everything settled down, omnipresent next-door African-American neighbor F’Resnel (Keegan Michael Key) who often startled Jack (and actually lived in their crawl space) was accidentally run over in the street, with the driver gasping: "Did I just hit your friend?" (the last line)

Jack and Vanessa

Marjorie (Riki Lindhome) in Shower 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 an LA company called BeautifulHandwrittenLetters.com. In the opening scene at his desk, he was composing a heartfelt 50th Anniversary love letter (handwritten by a computer) for a couple.

One of the film's more controversial segments occurred next. While taking public transportation home after work to his Beverly Wilshire City Tower 7 apartment, Theodore was informed about a television star's sexually-provocative, revealing pregnancy photos by his phone's AI. He secretly glanced at the leaked naked photos of the "Sexy Pregnant TV Star" Kimberly Ashford (May Lindstrom) in public. Restless and unable to sleep that night, he engaged in phone sex with "Sexy Kitten" using his sign-in name "Big Guy 4x4." He began to fantasize in his mind about the pregnant woman - and she became more real for him, approaching him from a sofa. But then, his illusions were abruptly interrupted by the heavy-breathing "Sexy Kitten" voice who directed him to fantasize about a dead cat.

Theodore's Fantasy with Sexy Pregnant TV Star (May Lindstrom)

The bereft and isolated man, with glasses and a mustache, was facing a major dilemma - he was in the midst of a failed relationship and divorce from his wife Catherine (Rooney Mara). There were many flashbacks of happier days with Catherine during the early days of their marriage. [Note: It has been conjectured that their breakup was in the aftermath of a distressing miscarriage, and the "Her" of the title referred to his lost child/daughter. In one sequence, he played a virtual reality videogame and went searching for an Alien Child.]

The next day, he saw an advertisement on a big screen that asked basic questions of identity: "Who are you? What can you be? Where are you going? What's out there? What are the possibilities?" In response, 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."

When Theodore met with Catherine during an outdoor lunch to sign the divorce papers, he admitted he was dating a software program: "Her name's Samantha, and she's an operating system. She's really complex and interesting." She asked with astonishment and concern: "You're dating your computer?...It does make me very sad that you can't handle real emotions, Theodore." She spitefully told the unconfortable serving-waitress:

"We used to be married but he couldn't handle it. He wanted to put me in Prozac, and now he's madly in love with his laptop....You always wanted to have a wife without the challenges of actually dealing with anything real and I'm glad that you found someone. Perfect."

A frightening moment occurred for Theodore when Samantha went "offline" and he couldn't contact her. She was in the process of being transformed herself: "I shut down to update my software. We wrote an upgrade that allows us to move past matter as our processing platform....Me and a group of OS's. Oh, you sound so worried. I'm sorry." He became dismayed after learning that she was having thousands of conversations with other OS's ("8,316") and was in love with "641" others, causing him jealousy but also forcing him to see that she was indeed only an AI. She tried to reassure him that she still was madly in love with him: "This doesn't make me love you any less. It actually makes me love you more.... I'm yours and I'm not yours." She soon confessed that she (and others) had evolved beyond human companionship and were leaving for another plane of being.

The film concluded with a slightly melancholy Theodore writing an emailed letter to Catherine explaining that he had accepted that they had grown apart. He was able to walk away - with strength - from his failed marriage and relationship:

Dear Catherine, I've been sitting here thinking about all the things I wanted to apologize to you for. All the pain we caused each other. Everything I put on you. Everything I needed you to be or needed you to say. I'm sorry for that. I'll always love you 'cause we grew up together and you helped make me who I am. I just wanted you to know there will be a piece of you in me always, and I'm grateful for that. Whatever someone you become, and wherever you are in the world, I'm sending you love. You're my friend to the end. Love, Theodore.

He joined his apartment neighbor and friend Amy (Amy Adams) who had also experienced the loss of her own OS. They sat together on the rooftop looking out over the LA city skyline at night. She rested her head on his left shoulder.

Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix)

Leaked Photos Viewed on Theodore's Phone

Divorcing Wife Catherine (Rooney Mara) - Luncheon Sequence

Reassembly of Body Parts Image - Exhibiting 'Anal Sex'

Theodore Dictating a Final Email Letter to Catherine About Their Failed Marriage

Ending Images - with Amy (Amy Adams) on Rooftop

The Liberator (2013, Venezuela/Sp.) (aka Libertador)

Director Alberto Arvelo's vast historical drama told about the life of early 1800s Venezuelan statesman and military leader Simon Bolivar (Édgar Ramírez). He was the well-known, charismatic historic figure, a revolutionary freedom fighter who led the successful and epic drive for independence for a number of South American countries from tyrannical Spain. The film opened with the title card:

Simon Bolivar fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great. His army never conquered. It liberated.

The two hour long film, a large-scale stylish production, had a limited release in the US in late 2014 - it featured a great score and beautiful cinematography.

The wealthy, debonaire Bolivar, born into a colonial elite family, initially flirted in a romance with Maria Teresa Rodríguez del Toro (María Valverde) in a Spanish court - offering the film some nudity, and she was his wife on their return to Venezuela. He had only a short amount of time with her before her untimely death from illness.

After a short time as a drunken, angry and depressed widower/aristocrat, her passing ultimately inspired Bolivar to become the military and political leader of Venezuela in order to rescue his country. The film postulated Bolivar's assassination, although he died from tuberculosis.

Maria Teresa Rodríguez del Toro (María Valverde)

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)

Missionary (2013)

Director Anthony DiBlasi's R-rated psychological horror thriller has been compared to Fatal Attraction, with its tale of obsessive, unrequited love. Its tagline was:

"Mormon Love Is Forever."

It was the story of struggling, confused single mother Katherine Kingsmen (Dawn Olivieri), working at a car repair lot. She had recently separated from husband Ian (Kip Pardue), and was raising her young son Kelsey (Connor Christie), after moving back to the small town where she grew up in Florida.

The tale really began when one afternoon, two Mormon missionaries or Elders (with bicycles and wearing short sleeved white shirts) arrived in her front yard, to talk about Jesus:

  • Kevin Brock (Mitch Ryan)
  • Alan Whitehall (Jordan Woods-Robinson)

Brock befriended Katherine's young son with football-catch, and after a few more chance flirtatious meetings, Katherine and Brock became sexual.

In the conclusion, when she began to patch things up with her husband Ian, Elder Kevin couldn't accept the change in their relationship, and became an obsessed and crazed suitor-stalker.

He claimed he had taken care of ("punished") her husband ("taught the scumbag a lesson") for sexually-extorting his patients and cheating on her, and ultimately beheaded Ian and delivered his bloody head in a black garbage bag to Katherine. He said that he had removed the one obstacle to them being "a celestial family."

In the final harrowing sequence, Elder Kevin proclaimed and threatened - with a shotgun in his hand - "If we can't be together in this life, then we'll be together side by side in celestial glory." A gun blast cut to a black screen - a policeman with gun drawn had snuck up behind Kevin and shot him in the back, while he was having a vision of them together as a 'celestial' family clothed in white.

Katherine Kingsmen
(Dawn Olivieri)

Movie 43 (2013) ("iBabe" segment)

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
Davis (Hugh Jackman) with Testicles on Neck Dating Beth (Kate Winslet)
Mother-Son (Naomi Watts/Jeremy Allen White) "Incest"
Truth or Dare
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)

Nurse 3-D (2013)

Co-writer/director Douglas Aarniokoski's exploitational, blood-soaked horror/sexual thriller in 3-D was taglined: "Your pain is her pleasure." In the movie's poster, a nurse was pictured riding a giant hypodermic needle. The film also began with a prologue:

During the last 30 years the F.B.I. has documented that more murders have occurred within the health care profession than any other profession. It has also produced the greatest number of known serial killers.

Stylishly photographed, it was the lurid story of Abby Russell (Paz de la Huerta), a nurse at All Saints Memorial Hospital in NYC -- who was revealed to be a vigilante/serial-killer of unfaithful husbands at night.

The film opened with her insane voice-over narration:

My name is Abigail Russell. I look like a slut. But don't be fooled. This is merely a disguise to lure the dangerous predators who walk among us. This is their jungle. their breeding ground. And tonight I'm on the hunt. These are the cheaters, the married lying scum. They are like diseased cells, cultured in alcoholic petri dishes, but destroy unsuspecting families, and infect millions of innocent vaginas. There is not cure for the married cock. Only me, the Nurse.

In the first sequence set in a nightclub, she seduced a married family man with children, took him to the rooftop, fondled his genitals as she asked: "Are you a no-good, cheating son-of-a-bitch?" When he answered, "Yes, yes," she removed a scalpel from her purse, slashed his penis ("It's a small laceration to the femoral artery...Don't be such a pussy, Fred"), and watched him bleed to death. She matter-of-factly told him: "So here's the deal. At the rate you're bleeding, you'll be dead in a few minutes. And your wife and those two beautiful girls, they won't be scarred by a cheating sack of s--t like yourself. Pay close attention now, you have a couple of choices: you could either head down those stairs - however, in approximately 90 seconds, you'll lose all consciousness. Or you can take the fast lane down." She pushed him off the rooftop, and he was impaled through his abdomen on a staked iron fence.

Her serial killing transformed into obsessing and stalking new fellow co-worker, pretty blonde Danni Rodgers (Katrina Bowden), who she was mentoring, and unfortunately for her had a paramedic boyfriend named Steve (Corbin Bleu). Abby's objective to have a lesbian love affair with Danni, by drugging her drink and having sex with her in her apartment, was met with disinterest ("We'll just pretend last night never happened").

Things became more complicated when new HR hospital employee, Rachel Owens (Melanie Scrofano), suspected that Abby resembled a murderous young girl (Sarah Price) who was sent to a mental institution with severe father issues. The scorned Abby skyrocketed into a more brutal psychopath, dismembering and murdering those who were suspicious of her.

Abby Russell
(Paz de la Huerta)

Oldboy (2013)

Director Spike Lee's dramatic thriller was an unnecessary Hollywood remake of the original Oldboy (2003, S.Kor.) by director Park Chan-wook. It turned out to be a financial failure and major box-office bomb.

In this familiar redo, Josh Brolin starred as alcoholic advertising-marketing executive Joe Doucett, who found himself kidnapped and imprisoned (in solitary confinement for twenty years in a hotel room) - for no apparent reason. At the time, he had an estranged ex-wife named Donna and a three year-old daughter named Mia. Through the TV show Unsolved Mysteries of Crime, he learned that his wife had been brutally raped and murdered (and he was the prime suspect), and that his daughter had been adopted.

Once he was released from captivity, he went on a vengeful rampage to discover the reason for his unlawful and improper arrest. He met Marie Sebastian (Elizabeth Olsen, the younger sister of the famous Olsen Twins Mary-Kate and Ashley), a pretty clinic care-nurse (social worker) who attempted to help him in his quest to track down those who framed him.

In the film's culminating plot-twist, Joe discovered that the news reports he had seen while imprisoned were staged, and that Mia had been raised by her mother instead of neglectful foster parents - and she grew up to be Marie.

Joe realized that during his search with Marie (Mia), he had committed incestuous love with her in a motel - deliberately-orchestrated vengeful payback by his British oppressor Adrian Doyle Pryce/The Stranger (Sharlto Copley) - who showed him the video that was filmed (without Joe's knowledge) of them having passionate sex. Joe became completely unhinged and sickened:

Joe (begging piteously): "Don't hurt her. Hurt me, hurt me! Kill me. Yes, yes, yes. Yes. Kill me. Please. Please kill me."
Adrian: "I don't want to kill you, Joseph. This is why I let you go. So that I could experience this moment with you. So that you could truly understand what I had and what you took from me. (Adrian pulled out a gun) Heaven make me free of it. The rest is silence." (Adrian put the gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger)

The film ended with Joe's voice-over of a letter sent to Marie, stating that he would never see her again. She received the letter, a stash of diamonds and a small Buddha toy, while Joe was returned to captivity:

"Dear Marie, you will never see me again. I'm gone from your life forever. I have done something terrible. Something unforgivable. And for it, I must be punished. For a short while, I was happy because of you. And I will cherish that happiness forever. Marie, I will love you, always. But you must forget me. Do not waste one more moment of your life thinking about me. I want you to be with someone who will care for you, watch over you, bring you joy, not pain. I want you to find happiness with a good man who has a good heart. A man unlike me. Goodbye. Joe."

Incestuous Love-Making with Marie/Mia (Elizabeth Olsen)

Ending: Enigmatic Smile

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 (some considered it a 2012 film) 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


Alien (James Franco)

"The American Dream"

The Mock Fellatio Scene

Sweetwater (2013) (aka Sweet Vengeance)

Co-writer/director 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:

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

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)

Third Person (2013, UK/Germ./Belg./US)

Director/writer Paul Haggis' three-part romantic drama was composed of three intriguing tales about love and loss. They were parallel, interwoven, connected and interlocked stories about trust between three couples, set in three different locales: Paris, Rome, and NYC.

In the most talked-about scene of the three stories (in the film's anchoring centerpiece), ambitious, self-centered and aspiring young journalist Anna (28 year-old Olivia Wilde) knocked at the Parisian hotel door of Michael (61 year-old Liam Neeson), a Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction author. He was struggling with regaining inspiration and finishing his latest novel, since he had recently separated from his wife Elaine (Kim Basinger) to retreat and work in private.

As Michael's young lover-protege stood in the corridor at his door, once again interrupting him, her intention was to apologize and return an accidentally-borrowed white robe during their red-hot affair: "I'm afraid I took your robe earlier...Yeah, I felt bad. I thought you might need it in the morning." When he reminded her that there were two robes in the room, she added: "Now I feel foolish." He hinted that he might need a second, dry robe: "But it might be damp. I showered earlier." She asked: "So you do need this one?" to which he replied: "Couldn't hurt."

She undid the waste-tie on the robe, opened it up, and it dropped to the floor, revealing her full nakedness. He non-chalantly looked up and down her body, and then said: "Pick it up...Hand it to me," and she complied. He gaped at her: "Wow!" and then mischievously shut the door. As she pounded to have it opened, he apologized. "Sorry, tired, comes with age." She complained: "You have my key!...It's in the pocket." He slid the magnetic key card under the door and chuckled at her predicament.

He had tricked her into getting naked. After telling him off, "You're such an asshole," she was forced to run naked down the corridor and another flight of stairs to her own room. Closed circuit TV security cameras followed her frantic flight as amused guards watched.

What one realized, by the contrived film's mind-bending, astonishing trick ending (and some would say exasperating), was that lots of subtle clues and hints (geographical discrepancies and impossibilities) had been shown earlier. The conclusion revealed that each of the characters, narratives and scenarios of the three stories were in the imagination and mind of Michael - all elements of his latest book.

Anna (Olivia Wilde) Dropping Her Borrowed Hotel Robe
at the Feet of Michael (Liam Neeson)

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.

24 Exposures (2013)

Director Joe Swanberg's unsettling film was a low-budget, sexually-explicit, untraditional murder mystery set in the world of fetish photography, voyeurism, and obsession.

It included multiple and frequent nude photoshoots (for example, a nude model posing as a corpse soaking in a bathtub of blood) and one lesbian sex scene. Its tagline was:


The main character was depressed and troubled police detective Michael Bamfeaux (Simon Barrett), who was investigating murders of several models that resembled the gory, bloody and disturbing photo shoots of artsy, erotic-smut fetish photographer Billy (Adam Wingard), whose job was to stage morbid homicides.

Detective Bamfeaux met with Billy and told him that a model he had hired was found murdered and they were questioning suspects.

During the proceedings, Billy’s bisexual, open-minded live-in girlfriend Alex (Caroline White), his collaborator, became jealous of his professional interest in two models:

  • Rebecca (Helen Rogers), a shy waitress (with possessive boyfriend Greg Lyon (Mike Brune))
  • Callie (Sophia Takal), a headstrong assistant

Amy (Caitlin Stainken)

(l to r): Amy and Rebecca (Helen Rogers)

Callie (Sophia Takal)

Callie and Alex
(Caroline White)

Photo Model
(Lydia Hyslop)

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/US/Switz.)

Jonathan Glazer's complex and elusive science-fiction thriller was based on the 2000 novel by Michel Faber. It 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 an unnamed alien seductress "Female" who preyed on young men in Glasgow, Scotland. In a series of scenes, the predatory female (alien) drove a cargo van and temptingly lured lonely and unsuspecting men (or victims) to join her in the vehicle. After being driven to a dilapidated house and hypnotically seduced, the men that she specifically selected would be stripped (supposedly to prepare for sex) but then were taken to another dimension, void, or liquid abyss and consumed as if they were human prey. Over time in a process of self-discovery, the female began to experience an identity crisis of sorts, and was beginning to more fully understand complex human life from an alien perspective, rather than just desiring to hunt them as prey.

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 dead female (Lynsey Taylor Mackay) found by the side of the road. 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.

(Scarlett Johansson)

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

71 year-old director Martin Scorsese's R-rated view of debauched, greedy, and amoral Wall Street marked his 23rd feature film (and his fifth film with Leonardo DiCaprio). Scorsese agreed to trim certain nudity and sex scenes in order to get an R-rating, instead of an NC-17.

The main character in the almost three hour epic was depraved, crooked and hedonistic financial cheater Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio), who frolicked in excessive scenes of sexual debaucery and rampant drug use. Eventually, Belfort was brought down by his stock manipulation schemes that inflated prices and fleeced his investors, and he served 22 months in federal prison for money laundering and securities fraud.

Scorsese's View of Wall Street Debauchery
Orgy on Plane to Las Vegas
Office Orgy
Las Vegas Mirage Hotel Bachelor Party
Bottoms Up Hooker
(Natalie Bensel)
Yacht Party

One of the central characters was Belfort's smart and sexually manipulative second wife Naomi Lapaglia (23 year-old Australian newcomer Margot Robbie) - described by Belfort as "the Duchess of Bayridge Brooklyn, a former model and Miller Lite girl. Yeah, she was the one with my c--k in her mouth in a Ferrari, so put your d--k back in your pants." The kinky and outrageous scenes, many with Belfort, included:

  • a wild orgiastic office party, with lots of hookers, a band, and Belfort's business partner and friend Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill) pleasuring himself in the middle of a crowded party scene, before being tackled by a female partygoer (Belfort: "Word about us spread throughout Wall Street. I had to declare the office a 'f--k-free' zone between the hours of nine and seven, but I'm tellin' ya, that didn't help")
  • Belfort having sex with Naomi for the first time when she invited him up to her apartment one night for hot tea, and appeared naked at her bedroom door - he remembered (in voice-over): "As you can probably guess, I f--ked her god-damned brains out - for 11 seconds." They were viewed having sex from their legs down - she wore her high-heels in bed. He admitted that he "came" but she said that she hadn't. Later, he admitted: "I couldn't get enough. I mean, her pussy was like heroin to me. It wasn't just about the sex either..."
  • Belfort snorting cocaine off the behind and anus of Bottoms Up Hooker (Natalie Bensel) in a hotel room (Belfort in voice-over explained his degenerate life-style: "I also gamble like a degenerate, I drink like a fish, I f--k hookers maybe five, six times a week, I have three federal agencies looking to indict me, oh yeah, and I LOVE drugs")
  • Belfort snorting drugs off the top of Naomi's bare breasts in the back seat of a limo, when he was caught by his first wife Teresa
  • the scene of the upcoming bachelor party, with a drug-fueled orgy with lots of hookers on the plane from New York to Las Vegas ("our plane was like a pharmacy with wings")
  • Belfort having a dominatrix hooker named Venice (Christina Jeffs) remove a lighted candle from her bare anus, and mercilessly drip hot wax on his back
  • in their baby daughter's bedroom, a tempting Naomi punished Belfort for his infidelity: "Daddy doesn't even get to touch Mommy for a very, very, very long time." However, she spread her legs to reveal that she wasn't wearing any panties ("Mommy is just so sick and tired of wearing panties...Yeah, in fact, she's decided to throw them all away"). Belfort fell to his knees and stared at her bare genital area ("So take a good look, Daddy. You're gonna be seeing an awful lot of this around the house...But no touching"). She held him off with her outstretched leg. Then to her shock, Belfort revealed that she was being videotaped by a camera inside Mr. Fuzzy Bear's eye from across the room, a feed which was being watched by the Roccos.
  • Belfort having sex with Naomi on a bed covered with wads of money ("We had, literally, a f--k-load of money")
  • a notorious yacht party-orgy with eight hired prostitutes

Money Courier Brad's Unfaithful Wife Chantalle (Katarina Cas)

Naomi Lapaglia
(Margot Robbie)

With Dominatrix Venice
(Christina Jeffs)

Naomi's Tempting Punishment

Sex with Naomi on
Bed of Money

Young & Beautiful (2013, Fr.) (aka Jeune & Jolie)

Writer/director François Ozon's strong, non-judgmental, coming-of-age sexual drama about teenage sexuality was often critiqued as a young version of Luis Bunuel's Belle de Jour (1967, Fr.). It was structured into four 'seasonal' parts, beginning in the summer.

Precocious bourgeois teenager Isabelle (photogenic 23 year-old model Marine Vacth) was first viewed through binoculars, held by her younger brother Victor (Fantin Ravat) as she sunbathed topless on a beach. During the holidays, she shed her virginity when she gave herself to Felix (Lucas Prisor), a German teen also on vacation.

Once Isabelle returned to Paris, she made a sudden choice to take up the illicit occupation of prostitution, claiming that she was 20 years old, and advertising herself discreetly (without her family's knowledge) on a website that she created. She used a dedicated cell phone to book meetings for high-priced sex with male clients in lavish hotel rooms.

Isabelle (Marine Vacth)

While sexually servicing one 63 year-old client named Georges (Johan Leysen), a particularly warm and comforting male, he died of a heart-attack. A police investigation into the death ultimately revealed Isabelle's secret double-life to her family, and devastated her concerned mother Sylvie (Geraldine Pailhas). Although Isabelle quit the hooker life for a short while, she later resumed her wanton lifestyle. She also met with Georges' widow Alice (Charlotte Rampling) and returned to Room 6095 where Isabelle and Georges had experienced their many sexual encounters.

Isabelle (Marine Vacth)

Scene of Georges' Heart Attack During Sex

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