Heavy Petting

75mins | 2007 | DocumentaryR
Director Obie Benz
Starring Allen Ginsberg, Spalding Gray, William Burroughs
HEAVY PETTING is an entertaining and salacious exploration of the sexual mores of the 1950s through the eyes of a generation that lived through the Sexual Revolution. Famous baby boomers?including musician David Byrne, performance artist Spalding Gray, comedian Sandra Bernhard, radical activist Abbie Hoffman, and poet Allen Ginsberg?candidly and hilariously recall their sexual coming-of-age in intimate interviews. Joyously campy and refreshingly carefree, the film blends hilarious but unbelievable footage of unhelpful sex ed videos with classic snippets of films like "The Wild One" and Elvis' hip gyrations, not to mention Bernhard talking about playing "doctor," less-than-straight Ginsberg on his disastrous first encounter with a girl, and Byrne on the childhood myths of masturbation. Eternal mysteries such as the female orgasm, the universal appeal of Marilyn Monroe, and the rituals of high school are dissected as well by this esteemed and lovable group of characters.
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