Honorable Mentions: Carnal Knowledge (1971), Night Shift (1982), Losin' It (1983), Road Trip (2000), Revenge of the Nerds (1984), She's Out of My League (2010)
5. 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)
The 40 Year Old Virgin is basically a teen sex comedy without teens in it, and I think that's why it works so well. You just don't expect it. Most of the male characters in the movie, aside from Steve Carell's Andy, act like piggish, crude teens "experienced" with sex, while Andy is the guy trying to get laid. However, unlike most protagonists in these kinds of movies, Andy doesn't try all that hard to get over the hump. His "sex crazed" co-workers certainly do try to push him towards sex, but he doesn't come off as all that interested. I mean, Andy is interested, the whole "virgin" thing does bother him on some level, but if his co-workers didn't push him and if he never met Catherine Keeners' Trish Andy would be a 50 Year Old Virgin in 2015. Would you go see that movie?
4. The Last American Virgin (1982)
The most striking thing about this sex comedy is that it doesn't end with a big laugh. In fact, the movie ends with crushing heart break, as the flick's hero Gary doesn't get to ride off into the sunset with Karen, the girl of his dreams. Karen instead goes back to her old boyfriend Rick, one of Gray's best friends. It's a fitting ending because Gary never really gets it on successfully throughout the movie. His buddies Rick and David are somewhat successful, but Gary fails just about every time. The scenes that lead up to Gary's major strike out are practically standard teen sex comedy bits. The guys buy a hooker (hilarious scene), they bang the hot older woman next door, etc. And then the big letdown. Can you imagine a modern sex comedy trying to have that kind of ending? Well, can you imagine a modern sex comedy with a character having an abortion? The Last American Virgin has that in it, too. Great flick.
3. American Pie (1999)
The raunchy teen sex comedy never really went away, but when American Pie hit cinema screens back in 1999 it basically reinvigorated the genre and made it "big" again. Quite a bit of that is due to Jason Biggs and his brave performance as the hapless, horny nerd Jim. There's the masturbation scene that starts the movie off; there's the big "fail" scene with Shannon Elizabeth's Nadia, the final "One time, at band camp..." scene followed by the "Say my name bitch!" scene, and, of course, the big "sex with an apple pie" scene. The version seen in theatres is pretty funny, but the "uncut" version is even funnier. If you haven't seen it, find it and watch it. It really is that funny. There's plenty of other great, funny stuff in the movie, but Jim is essentially the whole show. He's the one pretty much everyone remembers.
"We'll just tell your mother that... we ate it all." Ha. Eugene Levy, as "Jim's Dad," rocks, too.
2. Skin Deep (1989)
Skin Deep, written and directed by Blake Edwards and starring John Ritter, isn't like the other movies on this list. It really isn't about a character pursuing sex for the sake of it; it's a major flaw, one of many, of Ritter's Zach. It's what he does to avoid figuring out just how messed up he really is (that and he drinks quite a bit). Sounds depressing, doesn't it? It really isn't. It's hysterical. I mean, there's a scene in it where Zach and another guy fight over a woman in the dark, and the only thing you see are the glow in the dark condoms the guys have on. Why would anyone put a scene like that in a depressing drama? The movie is required viewing.
Why hasn't anyone tried to top this scene?
1. Porky's (1982)
Porky's, written and directed by the great, now late Bob Clark, is essentially the sex comedy that all other sex comedies try to be. Both nostalgic and timeless at the same time (Clark managed to do that twice in his career), Porky's deals with a group of high school guys trying to lose their virginity by going to the local bordello. The trip to the bordello doesn't exactly work out (the guys get robbed and dropped in the drink), and for the rest of the movie it's all about getting even with the bordello owner Porky and, well, losing their virginity in some other way. On top of all of that there's Kim Cattrall's Honeywell and the story of her sex scream, the "Cherry Forever" scene, and the girl's gym coach Balbricker trying to head off the boys from deflowering "her" girls (the shower scene and its aftermath are classic movie moments).
Still great, great stuff. Will probably never be surpassed.
Shawn S. Lealos
5. Revenge of the Nerds
When most people think of Revenge of the Nerds, they think of the nerds battling the jocks, but the original movie was more of a sex comedy with a lot of interesting moments happening as the nerds set out to try to get laid – or at least see a naked girl. All it takes is the moments where the nerds pull off a panty raid on the Pi Delta Pi house and then install video cameras to spy on the girls as they get naked. Hell, the nerds even get the girls at the end.
4. Knocked Up
Judd Apatow just knows bow to make comedies that seems to prove that you don't have to be ridiculously beautiful to be the lead in a sex comedy. Seth Rogen meets Katherine Heigl and the two get drunk and end up having sex. He is a slacker and she ends up pregnant, and somehow they seem to make it work. It has some real gross out moments, but is also very, very funny, especially for anyone who has had a baby of their own. It is just as charming as it is funny as well, remaining one of Apatow's best movies.
3. American Pie
Sure, the American Pie franchise kind of ran out of steam, but this first movie was still just about damn near perfect. The characters were all great and well written and even Tara Reid was not overly annoying in her role. The highlights were Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Seann William Scott in the movie that made him a star. We also got one of the sexiest turns of Shannon Elizabeth's career. The entire movie has a ton of pop culture moments, from the introduction of the term MILF to the apple pies and flutes.
I am at the age where the sex comedy that really started my young mind in motion was Porky's. The movie came out in 1982 and featured a group of teenagers who wanted to lose their virginity. They head to Porky's nightclub, only to get humiliated. They then set out to get revenge on Porky himself, while still wanting to get laid. Kim Cattrall became the perfect woman for most kids of a certain age after this movie and the school shower scene is still one of the most iconic in movie history.
1. Wet Hot American Summer
I love everything about Wet Hot American Summer. The movie had a large number of cast members from The State while adding a ton of memorable faces including Christopher Meloni, David Hyde Pierce, Jeneane Garafalo, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks and more. The movie is set up in the perfect fashion for a sex comedy - a summer camp where the camp counselors get a chance for one last sexual escapade before they have to head back home. Everything about this movie is hilarious and if you haven't seen it, stop what you are doing and watch it now.