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  • Actors: Sylvia Kristel, Howard Hesseman, Eric Brown, Patrick Piccininni, Ed Begley Jr.
  • Directors: Alan Myerson
  • Writers: Dan Greenburg
  • Producers: Dan Enright, Irving Oshman, Jack Barry, Maurie M. Suess, R. Ben Efraim
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CRR3OW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,424 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Private Lessons (25th Anniversary Edition)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Sylvia Kristel, Eric Brown, Howard Hesseman. A sex-starved teen's fantasy comes true when the French housekeeper seduces him-but the maid has more than mere seduction on her mind. 1981/color/87 min/R/fullscreen.

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Great movie and sooo funny!!!
Gipsy Lover
The story itself starts out as expected with a May/December sort of romance between the two, main characters, but gets kind of weird as things progress.
cookieman108
Like they said, it is every boy's dream to be with a beautiful grown, sexy, and mature woman.
Retroplore

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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Dale Smith on February 9, 2006
Format: DVD
Private Lessons is one of the top grossing independent films of all time pre-Miramax. Private Lessons was released in 1981, starring Sylvia Kristal, Eric Brown, and Howard Hessman(W. K. R. P. in Cincinnati). Private Lessons was the first in a genre of soft core, teenage, wet dream, pictures.

Originally, based on the novel, Philly by Dan Greenberg. Originally, the story was supposed to be a horror story with a blackmail plot, but when Silvia Kristal was cast the producers decided to turn the story into a sex comedy.

Alan Myerson, Dan Greenberg, and Howard Hessman handle the commentary on the DVD. Generally, they reminisce about what a pain this movie was to make, but generally they say it was a good experience.

I liked this movie, but just to let you know, it has been altered from the version, which is on VHS tape. It has also been revealed that Silvia Kristal had a body double, her name is Judy Helden.

However, Ms. Helden only appears in two scenes in the movie, and they are not the famous scenes which those of us in the 35 to 40 age group, who love the movie all know. Miss Helden's scenes appear towards the end of the movie, where we see aroused nipples on a breast, in one shot of the backside that does not match up with Sylvia Kristal's.

If you are a fan of Sylvia Kristal's, you will like this movie. If you are 35 to 40, and you can remember when this movie was released. You will probably like this movie. I will close this review with a question. Do you want to feel like you are 15 again?
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49 of 59 people found the following review helpful By cookieman108 on April 19, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I first saw Private Lessons (1981) some twenty odd years ago on cable (Skinamax, I think) during my impressionable youth and I don't remember it being as, for lack of a better term, creepy back then as it was while watching again last night. Don't get me wrong, it was nostalgic, quasi erotic, and even funny at times, but watching through the eyes of an adult certainly put it in a different perspective than when I was a young teen. Written by Dan Greenburg (Private School) and directed by Alan Myerson, whose main credits include directing gigs on television shows like The Love Boat, "Dynasty", and "Knight Rider", to name a few, the film stars Eric Brown (They're Playing with Fire, Waxwork) and Skinamax regular Sylvia Kristel (Emmanuelle, The Nude Bomb, Lady Chatterley's Lover). Also appearing Howard Hesseman ("WKRP in Cincinnati", This Is Spinal Tap), Patrick Piccininni, in his only film role to date, and Ed Begley Jr. (Young Doctors in Love, Transylvania 6-5000) in a small but memorable role.

After a pointless sequence of a couple in a car (we hear their voices, but only see a woman's legs sticking out of the car window), we meet Philly (Brown) and his portly friend Sherman (Piccininni), a couple of fifteen year olds spying on Sherman's sister's graduation party. After Sherman's sister falls in the pool and returns to her room to change, the boys proceed to peep through her window, something which Sherman enjoys just a little too much for my tastes considering the girl they're peeping on is supposed to be his sister (and thus begins the creepiness)...anyway, they get busted, blah, blah, blah...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By W. Lopez on November 8, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Of all the 80's teen sex comedy movies, this is the one flick That I used to (and probably still do)Prize above all others. Before Porky's, before Weird science, before Stiffler's mom, Before President Ronald Reagan signed a bill making it illegal to feature minors under the age of 18 to be featured in sexual situations on film in the United States, Of all the 80's teen sex comedy Movies, this is the one movie that I used to...Aw hell, I STILL Prize this flick above all other teen movies! Especially LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN (painful ending). Even though I am now 35 (I was 12 when I snuck in to see this film)Never have I ever envied any movie character more than Philly Philmore (Eric Brown). He's rich. He rides in a limo. He gets to see naked, bathe with, date and screw his much older french maid. Even if it's all part of a scam hatched by his gay Chauffer to steal money from his father safe!
Since it's every younger man's fantasy to make it with an older woman and every older woman's fantasy to make it a younger man, you needn't have to be Sigmund Freud to see what makes movies like this so damn popular back in the 80's. But I got to tell you, I never thought that this film was ever going to make it on DVD with it Scandalous, yet amusing subject matter. How the hell they got past that Stripping scene with a 15 year old kid in the room without the moral police busting in I'll never know! What happend to him should absolutely positively happen to you!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fruit Loop VINE VOICE on December 3, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Ah, the horror of teen hormones....Philly gets to live out every teenaged boy's testosterone-driven sexual fantasy of a hot romp with his sexy maid while his parents are out of town. The Wages Of Sin come back to haunt him when evil chauffeur Howard Hesseman blackmails him for his lover's "death" during their tryst. Porn star Sylvia Kristel proves to be a good sport at essentially spoofing herself. First released in the 80s, it may seem a bit dated, but still entertaining with a fine soundtrack of 80s hits. Fun!
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