Private Lessons (1981) - Rotten Tomatoes

Private Lessons (1981)




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In this witty and erotic comedy romp, a 15-year-old rich boy's fantasy comes true when his father hires a beautiful French maid to teach him everything she knows about the art of lovemaking.
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    R (nudity, sex, language)
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    MCA Universal Home Video


Eric Brown
as Phillip Fillmore
Sylvia Kristel
as Nicole Mallow
Howard Hesseman
as Lester Lewis
Ed Begley Jr.
as Jack Travis
Meredith Baer
as Miss Phipps
Ron Foster
as Philly's Dad
Marian Gibson
as Florence
Dan Greenburg
as Hotel Owner
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Critic Reviews for Private Lessons

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Teen Oriented Voyeurism rules as the protagonist (Brown) stalks his prey (and her stand-in) armed with cameras, binoculars, and an overtly Oedipal mix of fear and desire.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Private Lessons is made for the Clearasil market, pimply and freshly pubescent.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

A subplot involving blackmail and featuring Hesseman serves as filler between sexual episodes.

Full Review… | August 6, 2007
TV Guide

It won't make you laugh, but it will make you feel unclean.

April 28, 2006
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Rent it for nostalgia value, if you must, but be prepared for a sex comedy with very little sexiness and a complete dearth of comedy.

Full Review… | March 4, 2006

Audience Reviews for Private Lessons

Couldn't deal with this movie. quit 15 minutes in. Guess I should have read the description before trying to watch.

Joe Stefanelli
Joe Stefanelli

An incerdibly generic and boring 80's sex comedy. Not funny at all, extremely boring and predictable. The movie does deliver in the nudity department however for whatever that is worth to you. Not very good at all.

Ed Fucking Harris
Ed Fucking Harris

Super Reviewer


I saw this movie on TV a long time ago, but I recall not liking it. It wasn't romantic or erotic or funny or anything. I didn't care for it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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