Movie Review: Barely Legal

A few years before there was the hilarious Zack and Miri Make A Porno, there was the decently funny National Lampoon’s: Barely Legal.

The movie is about three teenagers who are nerds and haven’t been laid yet. They’ve never even had a girlfriend, except for the leader of the pack Deacon, who lost her to a much more popular guy. Rumor goes around that she gave it up to him, so Deacon is upset, but fantasizes about another girl.

They decide to be like Tony Montana (Scarface) and get the girls by having power and money. For money, the one guy Matt bootlegs porn and they sell it to freshmen at their high school. Deacon is supposed to get a car for his birthday but gets a computer instead. Matt, who has the job at the video store where he steals the porn to bootleg, gets fired. The third guy, Fred, has a problem with jacking off at school up to eight times a day due to his inability to see women and not need to jack off.

So instead of getting jobs, they decide to make their own porno to make money to get a car and eventually get the ladies.

Auditioning women for their movie. The camera man should be where they are.

What ensues is a typical “porn” movie set up. If you’ve seen Zack and Miri, then you know what to expect. They go through all of the phases, should they or shouldn’t they do it, what their porn names will be, finding a place to film, finding the actors to be in it, writing the script, etc.

Throw in the regular teenage problems and issues and a little side drama with the local big-business porn makers, and you have Barely Legal. A movie about making a porn while not actually showing much of the porn.

The one on the right is in their movie. You get to see her knockers.

There are some decent breast shots and some masturbation jokes, and a few familiar faces (Tom Arnold and others) but this movie should be taken as a teenage comedy. Sadly, these days National Lampoon has more of these movies out than stuff resembling the classics of yesterday, but it’s still not too bad a movie. You might catch it on Comedy Central sometime, and if you do, check it out. It’s good for some laughs.

I give this movie 6 out of 10 stars for decent tit shots (from girls who are supposed to be in high school, so it’s a little like child molestation) and some decent comedy.

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