9 Movies With Way Too Much Gratuitous Nudity
When naked bodies became an eyesore.
Ever since humanity learned to doodle on the walls of the caves it called home, we have been treated to depictions of sex and the human body in art. It is hardwired into our DNA to enjoy the sexual act, and it’s nearly impossible to look away when we see it presented on screen.
Filmmakers who portray sex and nudity in their pictures walk a fine line: if you can justify the inclusion of bare skin, like the recent Palme d’Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Colour, a feature that chronicles the love affair between an underage student and her female teacher in graphic detail, then you have earned respectability while also appealing to the baser desires of moviegoers; however, if you fail to justify excessive amounts of nudity and sex in your feature, then you have crossed the line from being an artist to a purveyor of smut, like Zalman King.
For your consideration, I present a list of 9 films that crossed the line from art to smut and never looked back, movies that threw as much T & A at the screen as possible for the sake of it: 9 movies with way too much gratuitous sex and nudity.
9. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
A hilarious parody of musical biopics, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story skewered the tendency for biographical films about musicians to ignore the music and instead wallow in the excesses of the Rock ‘n’ Roll lifestyle. The film satirises the gratuitous nudity and sex this trope entails by showing the titular rock star, Dewey Cox, engaging in all manners of sexual excess, including orgies and wife swapping.
While it failed to recoup its budget at the box office, Walk Hard won over critics and strong word of mouth led to a cult following and significant DVD sales. The theatrical release contained more than its fair share of nudity, but the unrated version released on DVD, entitled The Unbearably Long Self-Indulgent Director’s Cut, doubled down on the gratuitous nudity and sex, extending a scene of Dewey’s band waking up after an orgy in a crowded room of naked people, depicting Dewey reveling in even more coitus and showing Dewey picking up one of the male members of his band.
The Unbearably Long Self-Indulgent Director’s Cut crosses the line from showing abundant nudity to satirise the cliché of rock star excess in biopics to showing nudity for the sake of nudity and so finds itself as the first entry on our list.