Wait, did you see that?! – Naked Movie Memories

Does anyone else here think back and remember when you first caught your first sight of some nudity?  Some curvaceous part of the female form?  It might have been your dad’s Playboy magazines.  Or maybe a movie.  I remember being about 12 or 13 years old and visiting my friend Anson who’s family had Preview, the predecessor to cable TV.  We’d sneak downstairs to their second TV, keep the volume down and stare glassy-eyed at the occasional, nekkid breast that would pop up on the screen.  C’mon now we all did something like this!  And before the days of the Internet and DVD’s it wasn’t nearly as easy to find soft-core porn or R-rated nudity.  But I do remember a handful of seminal scenes and sexiness that still stand out in my head today.

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Straw Dogs with Dustin Hoffman and Susan George:  Yeah, this maybe shouldn’t have been a movie I saw as an adolescent because it is V-I-O-L-E-N-T.  I had no clue what the movie was really about but just remember a curvaceous Ms. George teasing the local town folk working on their house.  If you don’t know the movie, it leads to an explosive scene where the husband is led away on a hunt while his wife is attacked not once but twice and raped.  Whoa, I remember getting cramps watching this scene and not all of them pleasant.  Honestly it’s a pretty graphic movie and the intensity of the attack led to all sorts of confusing feelings.  But yes, it’s still in my little neurons.

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Probably the first R-rated movie I saw in the theater was the Shining.  As a Stephen King fan, I must have conned my dad into bringing me into this creepy, well-acted horror flick.  What in the WORLD was he thinking?!  If the horror and violence didn’t traumatize me, what about the nekkdiness?  So where’s the nudity you ask?  Well remember the scene when Jack Nicholson enters Room 237?  Woman in the tub showering and Jack just leers.  Slowly she pulls the shower curtain away and steps out.  Lithe, long, beautiful and young lady, this scene was probably my first view of full frontal nudity.  Whoa, I think I see some pubic hair there!  Slowly they embrace, kiss and bam!  A shot in the stomach as she morphs into an old, decaying putrid hag, OMG!  My feelings of young lust turn to pure horror in about 500 nano-seconds.  I think I’ve got some more boy-cramps going down…

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So how about some pleasant nudity?!  Just some good ole T&A?  For that my friends, it has to be the seminal high school movie, Fast Times at Ridgemont High!  For most guys, the scene where Phoebe Cates comes out of the pool is the kicker.  She emerges, aphrodite like in a red bikini and slowly unbuttons the front clasp in a fantasy sequence.  Kapow!  Another kick in the gut for me!  Supposedly Fast Times VHS tapes all around the country had a dead spot on the movie right here where the scene was paused innumerable times in an attempt to capture Phoebe’s glory.  And I’m guessing Kevin Kline must have paused that flick a couple of times given the lucky guy ended up marrying her.

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But in all honesty, Phoebe wasn’t what got me going, it was Jennifer Jason Leigh, her young protege.  She was the high school girl that gets seduced by an older man in a baseball dugout and then in turn, seduces another guy friend in a pool cabana.  What made this scene was Jennifer Jason Leigh’s totally innocent sluttiness, I mean the guy was a total douche but she could not resist.  The song, Got to be Somebody’s Baby from Fast Times is still one of my favorites from the 80’s and I’m pretty sure I know why.  Given Jennifer Jason Leigh’s admirable film career decades later it’s funny to think about her as a little teen nympho!

In addition to the three above movies, I’d have to say that Caddyshack and 9 1/2 Week also stick in my head as some early, sexy naughtiness in the cinema that’s emblazoned in my head.  As a horny young teenager, I’m pretty sure we all have our memorable movie moments and decades later you know what, they’re still sorta sexy!  Peace out…

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