Rated Y-17: Gen Y’s Top 10 Erotic Gems in Film and Television

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This article is part of the TNGG Sex Week series on Gen Y and sex. Read more from the series here.

By David Ricaud: “I live and breathe teenage melodramas. I am a gay man with a sharp tongue and, ironically, a kind spirit. No apologies.”

I love sex—on screen. Not pornography, per se, but pure human eroticism: wax-dripping candles, beads of sweat, and tight folds of flesh. When asked what kind of movies I like, I typically respond, “Ones with intense sexual tension.” A conversation-ender, I’ll admit.

I am a self-proclaimed film and television sexpert.  No, I haven’t taken a poll or moderated focus groups with generation Y, but I unveil to you Gen Y’s Top 10 Erotic Gems in Film and Television.

The list consists of movies and TV shows that hold a special place in our hearts and libidos. Whether they have influenced us or they are a marketer’s response to our needs does not interest me.

10. American Beauty: A middle-aged Kevin Spacey fantasizes that Mena Suvari, his teenage daughter’s best friend, strips on a gymnasium floor. La bella Mena opens her blouse, and just before we see any nipple, a gust of rose petals flows from her ripe chest. Nothing better than a semi-attractive old man’s fantasies.

9. The Rules of Attraction: A high school and college favorite, this film features a sexually frustrated group of characters, culminating in gay-on-straight action, date rape, and partner-swapping. Not my favorite, I’ll admit, but, in the spirit of objectivity, I have been urged by many to include this.

8. American Pie: Four high-school virgins want to get laid. Same old story. But beyond explicit: sullied beer cups (Look it up. I can’t say the words out loud; I don’t use bad language), the introduction of MILF, and the unforgettable This one time, at band camp, I stuck my flute–.  Nuff said.

7. Y Tu Mamá También: Guy on girl. Girl on guy. And even straight guy on straight guy (kind of). In a Mexican ménage à trois, two post-adolescent males fondle a willing female; they gaze at each other and fall victim to homoerotic temptation. A steaming, hot lip-lock. 

6. Gossip Girl: Who knew the conservative Upper East Side was home to such visceral scandal? Okay—we all did. The nefarious Blair enlists the viperous Chuck to seduce, dump, and humiliate an innocent girl in front of New York’s elite. If he is victorious, Blair will reward him with her body. “Vanessa must really be under your skin,” Chuck wonders. “The real question is,” retorts the temptress, “Will you?”

5. Wild Things: Alligators and ass. Ha! An odd juxtaposition, yes, but the heat and chaos of the Everglades reflect the ardor and hostility of the film’s bizarre threesome, staged raping, and violent homoerotic pool sequence.

4. Queer as Folk: Take Sex and the City. Keep the bare flesh. But replace the leading four ladies with a gay posse reminiscent of Samantha Jones and Amanda Woodward (Melrose Place). Oh, and substitute one orifice for another. 

3. Cruel Intentions: In a plot based on Dangerous Liaisons, read frequently by Marie Antoinette, Sarah Michelle Gellar bets Ryan Philippe he cannot seduce Reese Witherspoon. If he succeeds, Sarah will offer him a dirty reward: “You can put it anywhere.”

2. Sex and the City: Old ladies like it. Middle-aged ladies, too. And so do 14-year-olds who just started performing back-of-the-bus extracurriculars. Thank you for educating Generation Y, Samantha Jones. I love you.

1. The Little Mermaid: Rated G? Please. When first released on VHS, the box showed the characters in front of two long, bulbous sand towers. How phallic, Walt. And just look at Ariel’s outfit. Two nipple shells? Seriously? Don’t forget the Ah AH Ah! chant. Cheeks flushed, Ariel grinds against a boulder, moaning as her head flies back.  Ariel, welcome to wOmanhood.

Woven into our upbringing, these 10 media gems represent the future erotic classics. For Gen-X, it was Basic Instinct, Body Heat, BH 90210, Melrose Place, and 9 ½ Weeks.

Our films, though, all share a common thread: no boundaries, no rules, no apologies. Explicit and daring, they unabashedly feature same-sex sex, indiscrete dialogue (“funkiest tasting–”), and—above all—a passion for the illicit.

Author: David Ricaud - I live and breathe teenage melodramas. I am a gay man with a sharp tongue and, ironically, a kind spirit. No apologies.

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6 Responses to “Rated Y-17: Gen Y’s Top 10 Erotic Gems in Film and Television”

  1. Carlee Mallard

    Haha so many memories!

    American Beauty is a big one for me. I remember sitting between my mom and dad at the movie theater watching American Beauty for the first time when I was probably about 14. When the lights came on I remember my dad saying that was the most uncomfortable hour and a half of his life. My dad is now dating a woman 2 years older than me. Foreshadowing?

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