Private Lessons

Private Lessons

Director: Alan Myerson

Cast: Alan Myerson, Sylvia Kristel, Howard Hesseman, Ron Foster

     
 

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Penned by Dan Greenburg, Private Lessons details the plight of a rich, fifteen-year-old boy (Eric Brown) whose French maid (Sylvia Kristel of the Emmanuelle series) is hired to teach him the finer points of l'amour. A contrived subplot involving a blackmail scheme complicates matters but really only serves as padding between the erotic scenes. In the endSee more details below

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Penned by Dan Greenburg, Private Lessons details the plight of a rich, fifteen-year-old boy (Eric Brown) whose French maid (Sylvia Kristel of the Emmanuelle series) is hired to teach him the finer points of l'amour. A contrived subplot involving a blackmail scheme complicates matters but really only serves as padding between the erotic scenes. In the end, the boy ends up wiser for the wear in more ways than one as he learns all the sordid details. Typical of many early '80s adolescent-oriented T & A films, this entry includes plenty of leering nudity and debauchery, although it seems comparatively tame compared with many others. Surprisingly, Private Lessons was a box-office hit at the time of its release; presumably, many film-goers had seen Kristel in her role as Emmanuelle, although they would have been disappointed to learn a body-double stood in during her love scenes in this case. A similarly-themed film, My Tutor, was released soon after.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Private Lessons is the prototypical example of 'young man, older woman' subgenre of the teen sex comedy. The teen-seduced-by-older-woman plot hook was novel at the time, and the ambitiously plotted script mixes some blackmail and suspense elements in with the usual sex-comedy high jinx. Even better, Private Lessons is a very well-cast film: Sylvia Kristel fulfills the fantasy-woman role nicely, Eric Brown makes a believably hormonal teen and reliable performers like Howard Hesseman and Ed Begley Jr. flesh out the cast nicely. Unfortunately, Private Lessons doesn't deliver on its modest amount of promise. Dan Greenburg's script fails to craft its workable elements into a tight story, and the limp direction by television vet Alan Myerson makes this a film that crawls at a snail's pace when it should be full of energy. The only parts of Private Lessons that are memorable are the scenes where Kristel seduces Brown and those are more unnerving than they are sexy when one learns Brown was only 16 years old at the time. In short, Private Lessons might function as a wish-fulfillment fantasy for teen boys, but it isn't all that worthwhile as entertainment.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2014
UPC:
0850836005119
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
R
Source:
Cinema Epoch
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
30,446

Special Features

Original theatrical version; Commentary with Director Alan Myerson, Writer Dan Greenburg and actor Howard Hesseman; Comedy Commentary with Marc Edward Heuck ("Beat the Geeks"), Gariana Abeyta (Out of Print), and Jackson Stewart (Invasion Roswell); Two theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvia Kristel Nicole
Howard Hesseman Lester
Ron Foster Philly's Dad
Eric Brown Phillip Fillmore
Ed Begley Jack Travis
Pamela Jean Bryant Joyce
Meredith Baer Miss Phipps
Peter Elbing Waiter
Dan Barrows Green
Marian Gibson Florence
Dan Greenburg Hotel Owner
Hal Le Roy Actor
Crispin Glover Actor
Carroll Baker Actor
Air Supply Singer
Eric Clapton Singer
Crazy Horse Singer
Earth, Wind & Fire Singer
Earl Klugh Singer
John Mellencamp Singer
Willie Nile Singer
Rod Stewart Singer
Rudy VanWarner Singer

Technical Credits
Alan Myerson Director
Air Supply Songwriter
Jack Barry Executive Producer
Beau Marks Asst. Director
Fred A. Chulack Editor
Eric Clapton Songwriter
Crazy Horse Songwriter
Jan de Bont Cinematographer
Earth, Wind & Fire Songwriter
R. Ben Efraim Producer
Don Enright Executive Producer
Dan Enright Producer
Dan Greenburg Screenwriter
Earl Klugh Songwriter
John Mellencamp Songwriter
Willie Nile Songwriter
Irving Oshman Producer
Linda Pearl Art Director
Rod Stewart Songwriter
Rudy VanWarner Songwriter
Russell Vreeland Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Private Lessons
1. Chapter 1 [5:13]
2. Chapter 2 [5:56]
3. Chapter 3 [5:14]
4. Chapter 4 [5:27]
5. Chapter 5 [6:20]
6. Chapter 6 [4:26]
7. Chapter 7 [6:51]
8. Chapter 8 [6:51]
9. Chapter 9 [4:11]
10. Chapter 10 [6:11]
11. Chapter 11 [6:00]
12. Chapter 12 [5:55]
13. Chapter 13 [8:33]
14. Chapter 14 [2:06]
15. Chapter 15 [4:31]
16. Chapter 16 [3:29]

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