Review: Heavy Petting

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Heavy Petting
Obie Benz and Joshua Waletzky

New Video Group
Street: 05.29

A documentary based around the culture of sexuality in the 50s and 60s? Sign me up! With conversations on these topics from the likes of Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, viewing this felt like sitting around telling somewhat shocking stories with your relatives at a reunion. The second disc is also a gem, and if you purchase this, do so for this disc at least. It’s packed with 10 educational films from the aforementioned eras which touch on topics such as STD’s, pornography and sexual education. If you are at all interested or merely amused with how American sexuality has changed, and has also remained exactly the same, this DVD is definitely for you. You Mystery Science Theater fans out there may even recognize some of the material covered here. Regardless, see this with that special someone whom you’re waiting to marry before you two… you know… “do it”. -Conor Dow