Heavy Petting

1989, Movie, R, 74 mins

Celebrities' reminiscences of puberty are mixed with clips from 1950s melodramas, newsreels, and sex education films in this collage by Obie Benz, who did similar work as a production consultant on THE ATOMIC CAFE (1983). While enjoyable in small doses, HEAVY PETTING suffers from a lack of focus and repetitiveness: it's cute, but not nearly so cute as it would like to be.

Like THE ATOMIC CAFE, HEAVY PETTING aims to be a portrait of America in the 1950s, that stereotypical decade of repression and conformity. But Benz doesn't seem to have had (or to have been able to stick to) a firm agenda for the film: the celebrities who talk about their teenage memories are s...

Released: 1989 Rated: R Length: 74 mins

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