Let’s make one thing clear right at the outset. Depicting sex in cinema is a matter of choice of filmmakers. When they want to do it, how they want to do it, or if they want to do it .. is completely up to them. We are not against that choice. Having said that, there are times when you can easily make out whether a sex scene was inserted in a film just to grab eyeballs or did it have a real purpose. And not just sex scenes, at times the whole film itself seems like an attempt to attract attention by sensationalizing and sexualizing it.
Obviously, when you are making the whole film just about sex, you already on flimsy grounds (there are exceptions like ‘Eyes Wide Shut’). Not all the movies are necessarily bad, but it does seem clear when you watch them that the filmmakers had nothing to say except show steamy scenes in the hopes that people will watch their film — and infer something meaningful. Well, that’s not how it works! Whatever their motives were, here is the list of 10 movies that are clearly failed attempts at selling sex.
10. 9½ Weeks (1986)
The title refers to the duration of the relationship between self-absorbed Wall Street banker John (Mickey Rourke) and divorced art gallery owner Elizabeth (Kim Basinger). It is an erotic drama about relationships, dark sides to human beings, and explores new sexual pleasures. ‘9½ Weeks’ expectedly flopped when it released. But since then it has sort of acquired a cult following.
9. Poison Ivy (1992)
Poison Ivy is a plant known for causing painful rashes and itches to the person coming in presence of it. Now think about a person who causes harm to anyone coming to his/her presence. Drew Barrymore’s Ivy is of that league. An innocent looking femme fatale creates mayhem in a family of a father, mother, and daughter by seducing the dad, bumping off the mother and replacing the daughter, all at once. Drew Barrymore plays a teen seductress akin to Stanley Kubrick’s provocative ’Lolita’. Eventually, it’s her acting that makes the movie just about watchable.
8. Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction (2006)
When the first ‘Basic Instinct’ came out in 1992 it seduced the audience with its enigmatic lead, Sharon Stone, and her sizzling-sexual-tension-filled chemistry with Michael Douglas. Designed as a taut erotic thriller it delivered what it promised but when the R rated sequel came out after a long gap of 14 years the steam was no longer there. Surely the sleaze factor had gone up manifolds but with basically nothing exciting to offer it ended up merely as a cheap imitation of its glorified predecessor.