Written by: Carroll Jenkins on January 2nd, 2010
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1979 (Squeeze Play), USA, 1982 (Waitress!), USA, 1983 (Stuck On You!), USA, 1983 (The First Turn On!)
Directors: Lloyd Kaufman (Squeeze Play, Waitress!, Stuck On You!, The First Turn On!), Michael Herz (Waitress!, Stuck On You!, The First Turn On!)
Writers: Charles Kaufman, Haim Pekelis (Squeeze Play), Charles Kaufman, Michael Stone (Waitress!), Jeffrey Delman, Tony Gittelson, Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman, Darren Kloomok, Warren Leight, Duffy Caesar Magesis, Melanie Mintz, Don Perman, Stuart Strutin (Stuck On You!), Georgia Harrell, Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman, Stuart Strutin, Mark Torgl (The First Turn On!)
Cast: Jim Harris, Jennifer Hetrick, Rick Gitlin, Helen Campitelli, Rick Khan, Diana Valentien, Al Corley, Melissa Michaels, Michael P. Moran, Sonya Jennings, Kaye Bramblett (Squeeze Play), Jim Harris, Carol Drake, Carol Bevar, Renata Hickey, Hunt Block, Anthony John Denison (Waitress!), Irwin Corey, Virginia Penta, Mark Mikulski, Albert Pia, Norma Pratt(Stuck On You!), Georgia Harrell, Michael Sanville, Googy Gress, John Flood, Heidi Miller, Vincent D’Onofrio (The First Turn On!)
DVD released: September 29th, 2009
Approximate running time: 96 Minutes (Squeeze Play), 88 Minutes (Waitress!), 97 Minutes (Stuck On You!), 88 Minutes (The First Turn On!)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame (All Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (All Films)
DVD Release: Troma Team Video
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $34.95
Just before their breakthrough horror / superhero / comedy hybrid The Toxic Avenger, the Troma team presented these four low budget sex comedies.
Squeeze Play – Softball widows give their men a taste of the same by forming their own team. The core concept is obviously based on The Bad News Bears, but with a ‘mature teen’ cast and the misfits in this case are the women. We still have the drunken coach (though not a central role), and we have the snob team (the males) picking on the weaker team (the women). They train, bond, and play ball. Oh, but the bonding here is via a wet T-shirt contest.
In the extras, Lloyd Kaufman recalls how the second leading lady refused to do nudity two days before filming commenced. Therefore they shot all Jennifer Hetrick’s nude scenes the first day, before she might change her mind. That explains the decidedly non-titillating wet T contest. There were censorship problems as well with a lesbian scene being completely cut, and other scenes being trimmed significantly (including the dairy bar sequence).
The first third is funny and engaging, the middle is somewhat slow, and the final part is all nine innings of a softball game battle of the sexes. The main reason to watch this one is for the captivating and charismatic Jennifer Hetrick. She owns every scene whether clothed or not. A good sex comedy.
Waitress! – Three waitresses follow their dreams: one to be an actress, one to be a writer, and the other to remain a spoiled rich girl.
Inspired by mega-successful Airplane!, many have tried to duplicate the zany onslaught of one-liners, sight gags, slapstick, and peripheral shtick. This film actually does this successfully and is hilarious more often than not. You have to concentrate to catch all the business going on, and some of it is decidedly bizarre. A lot of care went into this one, as the rapid fire style must have required either extensive planning or lots of footage. There is a huge cast, many characters, numerous sets, some nifty optical effects. Not a lot of nudity, but what’s here is grade A. A terrific sex farce worth repeat viewings.
Stuck On You! – A couple is involved in a palimony suit, and experience flashbacks into historical periods.
Does a bickering couple that has zero chemistry arguing incessantly seem funny? Well, it’s not. Everything good about Squeeze Play and Waitress! is completely absent here. No talented performers, no funny jokes, no sympathetic characters, no pacing, no purpose, no class. Cheap and stupid, it should be exiled to the disco era dustbin of discards. A terrible film and a waste of time.
The First Turn On! – Four campers and the nature counselor are trapped in a cave-in caused by a fart. Each relates the tale of when they lost their virginity.
The entire summer camp framework is insipid, but there are some good moments during the individual vignettes. It soon becomes apparent that these are all fantasies, and in fact the protagonists all fear they will die virgins. To avoid this fate they have an orgy. Except for the poor fat guy, who is the fifth wheel and gets nada. A mediocre sex fantasy.
Four boxed keepcases with individual discs. Full-screen (OAR) presentation with minor dirt, debris, and print damage. The sound is good but there are no subtitles or closed captions. Each movie contains a Lloyd Kaufman commentary and the original theatrical trailer. The final disc (First Turn On!) contains most of the extras including an interview with usually silent partner Michael Herz, and interviews with a few cast members.
With Squeeze Play the Troma team rehearsed for weeks and filmed everything with multiple cameras in Super 8 to plan every shot and camera placement. Waitress! was crafted with equal care and greater experience and expertise. These two films make the Sexy Box worthwhile.