Heavy Petting

Heavy Petting

By Josh Mostel & Obie Benz

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2007-05-29
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1h 14min
  • Director: Josh Mostel & Obie Benz
  • iTunes Price: USD 5.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99


Those of us who had to suffer such "instructional" films as Dating Do's and Don'ts in high school will be especially entertained by Heavy Petting. In the visually sarcastic manner of the nuclear-age documentary The Atomic Cafe, the film assembles masses of information and misinformation about teenage dating rituals of the 1950s. Clips from contemporary movies, TV programs, commercials, and "sex hygiene" short subjects are used throughout; perhaps once upon a time these vignettes could have been taken seriously, but here they're only good for howls of laughter. Interspersed among the vintage footage are interviews with such children of the 1960s as David Byrne and William S. Burroughs. One look at the 1950s as depicted in Heavy Petting, and it's easy to see how the sensuous, psychedelic '60s came to be.


  • heavy petting

    By jalfredo
    its alright, theres a couple of funny comments in it but its kind of boring
  • History of Sex

    By rbken
    This movie is not so bad and an entertaining exploration of ever-changing sexual norms. Great to see some icons of 80's postmodernism. Odd to see some joe-the-teenager now mature garage-owner guys. It could have gone farther but it is relevant to today's struggles and yet undead memes. Will those old memes ever die? This movie helps us view their timeline which is presently beyond grey and surely ready for assisted living (the meme, not the people.)
  • Not impressed...

    By ThatGirlNamedNikki
    I found this flick flat out boring, I don't think it's particularly brilliant or funny and the style becomes old after about 20 minutes. Definitely wouldn't recommend this movie at all. Just wastes about 80% of the potential for humor or entertainment concerning the topic. Really boring.
  • hottie09

    By im like so totaly HOT
    this movie sucked i hated it