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Today on Sexis, we’re pleased to launch a new running column, SexVoxing. SexVoxing will feature Sexis contributors and staff sounding off on a varia of issues, from the pointed to mundane. To kick it off, we thought we’d start with something everyone has their own list for: What is your favorite sex scene in mainstream cinema?

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I have several. Nudity is not a requirement as far as I’m concerned. Some favorites: Lauren Bacall propositions Humphry Bogart in To Have and Have Not. Jane Fonda seduces Donald Sutherland in Klute. Meg Ryan enlightens Billy Crystal at Katz’s Deli in When Harry Met Sally (“I’ll have what she’s having”). Jeremy Irons takes Meryl Streep in The French Lieutenant’s Woman.
Luxury Holmes


Mainstream movies were my porn growing up. I remember hiding behind a big throw pillow in a hotel room on a family vacation, pretending to be asleep while watching the sex scene in Pretty Woman. At home, we had a huge satellite dish in the backyard. I’d spend hours scanning the guide that came with it, looking for R-rated films or the elusive NC-17 rating.

I hit all the “skinamax” biggies, sneaking TV time home alone with the drapes pulled shut. Even the completely not-nude mind-sex scene in Demolition Man turned me on—it was just the idea of sharing arousal like electricity. (I was a seriously horny kid.)

These days, I don’t have one true favorite, but I’m drawn to sex scenes that give me pause or make me laugh. The marathon sex scene in 300 had me giggling—did it remind anyone else of Team America: World Police? And then there’s the orgy in Zoolander. You can’t lose with dwarves.

As far as classics go, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis features one of my favorite nude scenes. It isn’t a sex scene, but the nude dancing is fantastic and surprising—bordering between hilarity and eroticism.
Mrs. Melee


Oh man, there are so many, where do I begin? I have to say it’s a three-way tie between The Notebook, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Each of these sex scenes brings something totally different to the table, satisfying my need for romance, tenderness and beating the shit out of each other during sex.

The Notebook sex scene is passionate and loving, the result of years of lost love and unrequited passion. I am a true romantic at heart and just thinking about this one gives me goosebumps. And nothing is more sweet and tender than when Steve Carrell’s lovable, endearing, virginal character finally breaks his cherry with his new wife in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. As for Mr. and Mrs. Smith, who doesn’t love a sex scene that involves oversized weapons, shattered glass and head wounds? ’Nuff said.
Wise Young Mommy


The “I’m sexually interesting” answer is the 2006 film Destricted, a short film collection that combines art and sex from a bunch of ultra-hip directors and artists. The “wish it weren’t the real answer but it is because I’m secretly a bit of a goober” answer is Notting Hill. I’ve been obsessed with Julia Roberts ever since we literally bumped into each other in Heathrow and I saw how amazingly slinky and long her legs were up close. Yowza. Sure, she’s been in other movies with hotter sex scenes, but Notting Hill makes me think a mere mortal may win her over, so it works for me on that level too.


Since I’m queer, I’m going to pick two. First off is the scene from Bound where Gina Gershon & Jennifer Tilley’s characters seduce and screw each other for the first time. I love that this plays on the more stereotypical butch / femme roles, but Jennifer definitely expands the range of the usual “blushing femme” – and even if you’ve never had an attraction to butch women, Gina Gershon is hotter than a Reno brothel in August. My second favorite sex scene is the one between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Mr & Mrs Smith – it takes the adrenaline and violence of a to-the-death fight and converts it into what looks like the fuck of a lifetime. A close third is the interrogation scene between Demi Moore and Viggo Mortensen in GI Jane. Again, I’m a big fan of butch women, and throw in some rough trash talk and violence? Pass me the remote, please.
Sarah Sloane


A few things spring immediately to mind—feel free to laugh along:
1. Ornella Muti’s whipping sequence in Flash Gordon (1980, d. Mike Hodges). I was but a wee young misanthrope when, in the dark of a Queens theater, I got my first whiff of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques—of a quasi-sexual candor. Of course I am referring to the infamous torture/interrogation sequence involving Klytus (a dude clad in black with a gold mask), General Kala (Klytus’ right-hand dominatrix), and the poor Princess Aura (daughter of Ming the Merciless and intergalactic space-hottie). Said interrogation techniques consisted of:
a. bondage by golden hand-manacles
b. whipping
c. “Bring me the bore worms.

2. The dance-off sequence between Paz Vega and Tristán Ulloa in Sex and Lucia (2001, d. Julio Medem). It’s just all kinds of what Rachael Ray affectionately calls ‘yummo'.

3. Okay—it’s not terribly mainstream, but I’m putting it here anyway: Conspirators of Pleasure (1996, d. Jan Svankmajer). A feature film which features no dialogue, Conspirators examines (in the strangest ways possible) the lengths people go to in order to find gratification. It’s not sexy in a smash-mouth sort of way; rather it slowly seduces one’s senses with its extravagance of weirdness.