Back in the '70's, as is known to cinephiles, adult films were exactly that -- adult, in that they contained a lot of sex, a LOT of sex, but they were also films, because they were literally on film and they had scripts, actors, actresses, producers and such, instead of what there is today, a guy with a video camera and some beautiful people intertwining.
"Young Stuff" is the former kind of film, it obviously has aspirations, the makers seem to want it to be taken seriously. In a lot of ways, it should be. It has a story, and is quite interesting in that the performers are more than performing, they act, and make their characters interesting.
The actors aren't buff and muscular, notwithstanding Sonny Landham in his porn days. He proceeded to mainstream movies, significant roles in "48 Hours" and "Predator". The actresses are attractive, but not plasticine gorgeous, sans tattoos, and would be considered too hirsute in today's world. But sexy? Uhhh, yessum.
Joseph Sarno, here directing under a pseudonym "Otis Hamlin", is at his best. He excels in a particular story: have a group of people, with simmering lusts suppressed in their lives and minds, thrown into turmoil by the arrival of a catalyst, a woman with a passionate mindset, kinky tastes, and an erotic demeanor.
The movie takes place in a southern town, the mill has closed, and the townfolk don't have much to do, except, well, the obvious. Two couples live together in a small house, waiting for the mill to reopen. They are visited often by a female blond acquaintance, who uses their abode to entertain male "friends" for a bit of companionship, and well, other things.
The two couples are pretty much in love and happy, but then comes to town one of the wives' cousin. Good old, or young, Matilda. This might be a good place to mention that "young stuff" is *not* anything even close to one of those movies where they have over 18 actresses who look younger than they are, to simulate very young sex. Nothing like that sort of thing (which is repellent to say the least, I would say). All the actors and actresses here are well into their twenties, if not older. They really should have named it something else.
Anyway, the two couples are somewhat thrown into turmoil by her arrival, since she ends up seducing the various characters in the House.
Matilda first seduces the "milkman" which is kind of funny, since the idea of a milkman is so far removed from today's universe, he might as well be a cave painting artist. But had them they did in the '70's, and I'm old enough to remember them, so it's charming in that regard. Though the silly white uniform is not quite convincing, it *is* funny.
The Milkman (Landham) helps her seduce others in the House, and the whole plot culminates (climaxes?) in a seven person group hug at the end of the movie. And the folks are the better for it, or so we are led to believe, though, with Sarno, there's always an undercurrent of "are they really happier with all the sex?" Joseph Sarno is one of those iconic directors, who has remarkable talent, and probably could have done much in mainstream film, but obviously has an eye for the darker and more sexually oriented parts of the human psyche.
This plot, a woman arriving in a situation and causing tumult by unleashing a great deal of sexually pent up charges. Other films that are similar, at least in plot, are "Confessions of a Young American Housewife" and "Abigail Leslie is Back In Town." In fact, in the latter, the name of one of the characters "Alice Anne" is the same as a main character in "Young Stuff", and the two have similar backwoods southern accents, though very dissimilar otherwise.
Sarno seems to find fascinating is the idea of women seducing other women -- in this, and the other movies named herein, a sexually adventurous woman succeeds spectacularly at bringing on (and out) the bisexual in the women around her.
This isn't a wall to wall sex fest, it has an actual plot and, if you can believe it, a script. The actors actually had to learn lines, and had to, wait for it, act. But there is plenty of it, sex that is, from onesomes to sevensomes, and everything in between. There isn't much of the gross out stuff seen in today's adult movies, I won't describe, as in even doing so would be in poor taste. Suffice it to say, that even the "dirty" talk in this movie is more erotic than all the boring things the "stars" of today seem to want to say to each other while mindlessly engaging in certain acts.
Not exactly the easiest to find, if you like it, I'd suggest looking out for the other two mentioned, and "Girl on Girl". Which sounds like a trivial video churn out, but it's not. In fact Sarno's movies are mostly softcore (this one is not). I've read he disliked harcore films, perhaps because they left so little to the imagination. That's another element of this film - the sex scenes, while erotic, are not quite as formulaic as in most other X'ers. The cameras, the moments, the angles, the inflections, are somewhat different than in most other movies, even other popular and well received 70's X-rated flicks.
By "content" I mean simply that some movies have explicit sex in them, some, like "Basic Instinct", implied explicit sex, and others, just a little sex, and others with lots of violence. None of that really matters if the movie is well made. (Except for the obvious, which I won't mention since even to do so is grotesque.) I'd recommend it, simply because it's a likable erotic outing, also even if as period piece curiosity.