The End Of The Movie Sex Scene?
Dakota Johnson called them “sweaty and not very comfortable”, Rebel Wilson found hers “disgusting”, and Henry Cavill once had to apologise to his female co-star for an incident that arose from not having “rearranged my stuff into a harmless position”. We’re talking sex scenes – and the news they may be on borrowed time. “Audiences expect some degree of sexuality in PG-13 dramas, usually tied into a romantic storyline, especially in young adult movies like Twilight and Divergent – but too much may be off-putting, and this applies to action movies too,” says Ben Spergel, executive vice-president of consumer insights at entertainment researchers C4. Sex scenes are now the first things to get cut in an edit, and it’s down to the fact that they no longer sell on the big screen. Of the top 10 highest-grossing movies, Titanic is the only one that includes a sex scene. But that’s not to say they’re gone altogether. “In TV, the sexual trend is increasing,” says Spergel. “Traditional, ad-supported networks once shied away from such content, but HBO, Showtime and streaming services have more leeway to include sexual situations. Audiences expect it and have grown desensitised to it.” Dramas like Empire and Scandal prominently feature sex, but expect it in comedies, too, “as single-camera comedies replace those taped in front of audiences”.