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Antiquity[ edit ] Although the ancient Greek theatre genre of the satyr play contained farcical sex, perhaps the best-known ancient comedy motivated by sexual gamesmanship is Aristophanes ' Lysistrata BC , in which the title character persuades her fellow women of Greece to protest the Peloponnesian War by withholding sex. Restoration comedy During the decade —82, sex comedy such as The Country Wife flourished as part of the revival of theatre in England resulting from the Restoration. Sex comedy embraces a realm of drama in which women can be contenders. The war is fought with glances and flirtations, wit and beauty, manipulation and desire. And in this battle, women often win—even if the victory is sometimes equivocal. In the movies, playboys played by Rock Hudson or Tony Curtis would try to bed marriage-minded women played by Doris Day or Marilyn Monroe , and the central question would seem to be "will she or won't she? According to McDonald, by , the sexual revolution was under way, so "will she or won't she? In , National Lampoon's Animal House 's success led to a string of raunchy gross-out and sex comedies in the late s and early to mid s. Animal House featured many scenes that would become iconic and often parodied, such as the scene where John "Bluto" Blutarsky John Belushi acts as a " peeping tom " to spy on a half-naked pillow fight at a sorority. In , the film Porky's cemented the wide appeal of the sex comedy. Although it would go on to become the fifth highest-grossing film of the year, it proved to be unpopular with critics, with many accusing it of being degrading to women as well as objectifying of them. The film would lead to three sequels and is credited by many as the start of the "teen" subgenre of the sex comedy. Although not widely considered a "sex comedy," the critical and financial hit There's Something About Mary has many moments that have entered the pop culture lexicon, particularly the infamous scene in which Ted Stroehmann Ben Stiller , following a scene of vigorous masturbation, discovers that his semen is hanging off of his ear. Mary Cameron Diaz , mistaking it for hair gel , nonchalantly grabs it and runs it through her hair. A year later, the film American Pie was credited with reviving the "teen sex comedy" subgenre. In the film, a group of high schoolers make a pact to lose their virginity before they graduate. The film's most famous scene which also provides its namesake involves one of the high schoolers, Jim Jason Biggs , having intercourse with a fresh apple pie after being told by a friend that it is similar to " getting to third base. A third wave of American sex comedy emerged in the mid to late s and into the early s with a string of successful sex comedy films by Judd Apatow and his associates. Judd Apatow 's directorial debut The Year-Old Virgin was credited by many as proof that the adult sex comedy was capable of not only providing laughs with raunchy humor, but providing its characters with depth and likability. The film follows Andy Stitzer Steve Carell as he struggles with the pressures of reaching the age of 40 without ever having "done the deed. A lot of the film's humor stems from the attempts of Andy's co-workers to help him lose his virginity, but throughout the film it is made clear that they know just as little or possibly less than Andy about sex, relationships, and what can make a person happy[ citation needed ]. George Harrison Marks ' love of music hall and slapstick found its way into this spoof documentary biopic. He specialised in producing exploitation films and founded his own production company Tigon British Film Productions in The film is about a successful penis transplant. An innocent and shy young man Bennett whose penis is mutilated in an accident and has to be amputated wakes up after an operation to find out that it has been replaced by a womanizer's, which is very large. The rest of the movie is about its new owner following in his predecessor's footsteps and meeting all the women who are able to recognize it. There was a sequel, Percy's Progress , released in To move with the times, the Carry On series added nudity to its saucy seaside postcard innuendo. Series producer Peter Rogers saw the George Segal movie Loving and added his two favourite words to the title, making Carry On Loving the twentieth in the series. Soon came Adventures of Beginning in the late fifties, Long's feature film career would span the entire history of the British sex film, and as such exemplifies its differing trends and attitudes. His work ranges from coy nudist films Nudist Memories , to moralizing documentary The Wife Swappers , to a more relaxed attitude to permissive material Naughty! He did not like sex scenes and was dismissive of pornography , saying it did not turn him on and he turned his back when such scenes were being filmed. However, the arrival of the new Captain S. Melly brings an end to their cosy life and causes terror in the ranks. In Carry On Emmannuelle , the beautiful Emmannuelle Prevert just cannot get her own husband into bed. A spoof of Emmanuelle , the film revolves around the eponymous heroine Suzanne Danielle and her unsuccessful attempts to make love to her husband, Emile Kenneth Williams , a French ambassador. Emile grants Emmannuelle permission to sleep with anyone she likes, and her promiscuity turns her into a celebrity and a frequent talk show guest. Meanwhile, Theodore Valentine is besotted by her and wants them to get married. But Emmannuelle is obsessed with arousing her husband's sexual desire at almost any cost. This was the last of the original Carry On films. Rowles made a copycat cash-in with his The Ups and Downs of a Handyman. Shohei Imamura released The Pornographers in , parodying the workings of a small pornographic film company. Norifumi Suzuki has directed a number of sex comedies: Director Juzo Itami 's films such as The Funeral , Tampopo and A Taxing Woman are comedies principally about non-sexual topics, but all have a side story that deals with sex, and features nudity. Takeshi Kitano 's Getting Any? Older Brother's Bride have been described as comedies. Recently there has been a spate of sexy coming of age comedies, e.
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