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Confessions of a Young American Housewife (1974)

Rebecca Brooke , Chris Jordan , Joe Sarno  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rebecca Brooke, Chris Jordan, Jennifer Welles, Eric Edwards
  • Directors: Joe Sarno
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Retro-Seduction Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012Z368K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,861 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Confessions of a Young American Housewife" on IMDb

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Legendary director Joseph Sarno has created some of the most controversial and sexually provocative films in the history of sexploitation cinema. His 1974 classic, Confessions of a Young American Housewife, pushes the envelope further than any of his earlier classics such as Sin in the Suburbs, Inga and Butterflies. It stars frequent Sarno collaborators including the seductive and luminous Rebecca Brooke (Laura s Toys, Abigail Leslie is Back in Town) and adult superstars Jennifer Welles and Eric Edwards (Girl meets Girl).

Carol (Rebecca Brooke), Anne (Chris Jordan), Eddie and Pete (Eric Edwards) are a swinging suburban quartet. Carol is married to Eddie and Anne to Pete, but that doesn t stop them from swapping partners or initiating hot foursome sex at the drop of their panties. Enter Jennifer Robinson (Jennifer Welles) Carol s buttoned up mother, in town for a visit. Sporting a voluptuous body and dripping sensuous allure, Jennifer makes an immediate impression upon Pete, Anne and Eddie, who will stop at nothing to have their way with her individually or in group session. Once Jennifer comes to terms with her daughter s highly sexual lifestyle and lets go of her own inhibitions look out! no one will be safe from her erotic charms. Soon it becomes clear that mother and daughter have long-standing issues and an unspoken attraction between one another, which manifest themselves in the most shocking and taboo way. Who will end up with who, and how far will each go to satisfy his or her deepest and wildest sexual urges?

2-DISC Edition Contents:

Feature Film

Three Deleted Scenes

Interview with Director Joe Sarno

Retro-Seduction Cinema Trailer Vault

Never-Before-Seen Photography of Rebecca Brooke by Artist Ed Seeman

Full-Color Booklet with Liner Notes

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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential document of the 70's sexual lifestyle May 25, 2008
By Dm Otis
Confessions of a Young American Housewife belongs in the same sphere as any number of mainstream films of the 70's that examined that decade's lifestyle revolutions (which began in the sixties but didn't become widespread until the Me Decade). Of course, its sexual content kept it out of the larger spotlight. Sexually, the film is softcore, although it plays like hardcore, meaning it is definitely not a bunch of tease. In any event, the movie is an intensified look at open marriages and smartly uses a soap opera style to maximize the middle class melodrama while subverting it at the same time. Director Sarno is also very adept at a form of stagey blocking in which all the actors face the camera but at staggered distances. It effectively shows each characters inner thoughts and processes as the incestuous logic of the swinger credo looms in. Which, incidentally, is a literal term here as a visiting mother (Jennifer Welles and her bombshell body playing the ultimate MILF) and her daughter grown progressively closer as a result of daughter facilitating mother's sexual re-awakening. Daughter is played by Mary Mendum aka Rebecca Brooke, who is a stunning visual presence. She seems to float ethereally as the camera explores her character's face -- a sexually open woman who is yet struggling with her staid, middle class upbringing. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in 70's cinema and/or sexual cinema. It's a gem that has been unearthed and presented in the high quality transfer it deserves.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Douglas Sirk it ain't April 15, 2008
Carole (Rebecca Brooke) is a hip young married living in New York. She enjoys an "open marriage" with her husband Eddie (David Hausman), but usually restricts her playtime to one other couple, Anna (Chris Jordan) and Pete (porno mainstay Eric Edwards). Her old-fashioned mother Jennifer (the incredible Jennifer Welles - why can't we guys all have mothers like that?) comes for a visit, and is given a crash course in swinging lifestyles; sex with a younger man, quasi-lesbian sex and near incest with her own daughter (in no way believable as there's at most a two-to-three year age difference between Welles and Brooke). In the end, Mom bakes them all a cream pie and runs off with the delivery boy. The end.

All the earmarks of a Joe Sarno film are present in this soft, verging on hardcore sex picture. Followers of this auteur will note his sparse use of a music score, very conservative camera movements and insistence on a consistent storyline. Welles generates much sympathy as the frustrated mother. Her tentative attempts at kindling a friendship with the far too young delivery boy are especially poignant. Welles was a very beautiful and underrated actress who would slip from movie screens two years later after appearing in hardcore features.

Sarno ground out countless sex films throughout his illustrious career, and the usual consumer for this type of film was overly grateful to have a film with plot, acting and direction. This reviewer has always felt a sense of malaise hanging around most sex films. The actors, even if they're game and put forth a little extra effort, all appear keenly aware that the project at hand will not further their career, further their cause or endear them to their dear old Aunt Fanny.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy February 21, 2011
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The DVD was good quality and didnt have any scratches. It contains the "deleted scenes" in the extras menu. The original version that I saw years ago included those scenes in the movie. Over all I am happy with the item.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Just Awful. Zero Production Values March 15, 2014
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A complete waste of money. Anything for free on will be better than this. Vivid 1980s porn movies were better than this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 2, 2014
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very bad quality June 21, 2014
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While this film is old, there is no reason for it's bad quality. It was just a chealy made film. Now it's being sold at an extremly high price for it poor quality.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Movie May 20, 2014
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The movie was poorly done and not worth the rental price. I should have read the other reviews. Live and Learn
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1.0 out of 5 stars A total waste May 12, 2014
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Don't spend time or money on this movie. I couldn't watch it to the end it was so amazingly bad.
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