5 June 2012 | lee_eisenberg
In this day and age, no one can resist poking fun at 1950s sexual mores. "Heavy Petting" (a term referring to non-penetrative sex) is a look at those mores, featuring interviews with famous people who discuss how they learned about sex during that era, interspersed with footage from 1950s sex ed films. It's really funny to hear the interviewees (among them Spalding Gray and David Byrne) describe their first sexual experiences. I guess that a sad irony is that even in the 21st century, Americans still have a childish attitude towards sex (which among other things, means that we have unwanted pregnancies than most industrialized countries). But otherwise it's a really good, really funny documentary. It's amazing how, even though sexuality was officially repressed, so much of the culture seemed overtly sexual (just look at Elvis's dancing). I recommend it.
"I think he called it a 'dick'." Indeed!