These five films are surprisingly raunchy!
When it comes to movies, there’s usually more going on than meets the eye. Often, filmmakers use their work to discuss underlying cultural and interpersonal issues like war, abuse, and family. More often, though, the topic lurking just below the surface is sex (because literally what else would it be).
Here are five classic movies that are (not-so) secretly about getting it on!
Spielberg’s 1975 masterpiece, Jaws tells the story of a small town ravaged by a massive peen. Oh, I mean, shark. On the surface, it’s basically a thriller, full of jump scares, eerie darkness, and heart-pounding shark attacks, but the sense of dread is not reserved for the concerns over the shark. The protagonists of the film, all three of whom are men dealing with the fallout of the Vietnam War, must overcome the shark to regain their sense of worth and masculinity within their worlds.
Yeah, that’s right. Jaws is about three men dealing with impotence.
Though the narrative itself lost some of the more overtly sexual pieces in the adaptation process, the film is still quite saturated with fairly heavy-handed sexual imagery. For starters, both the book cover and the movie poster feature a very phallic shark head waiting to pounce on a bikini-clad young woman who taunts him from above. The film opens on a scene of young lovers about to do the deed on the beach, but when the man fails to arrive in time the shark appears and takes the girl instead—if that’s not a sexual innuendo, I don’t know what is.
But Still There!
From there, Quint, Brody, and Hooper’s sexual frustration and anxiety seem to fuel the shark as it (he?) continues with the rampage. As noted by critic, Stephen Heath, the film represents “the white male middle class,” with very few women and no minorities really playing any major role in the action. That masculine focus combined with the shaming (murder by shark) of the film’s more sexual free female characters, the shark becomes a powerful metaphor for the sexual dread experienced by the main characters who find themselves unable to control the world as it changes around them (or their penises).