Sex in the Movies

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Sex in the movies is the cinematic equivalent of processed cheese singles — neatly packaged, but not exactly the real thing. That's largely because the primary movie audience is now 12 to 17 years old. "Art" films dealing explicitly with sexual issues have faded, but family movies are much smarter. Hear NPR's Linda Wertheimer and New York Times film critic Elvis Mitchell.



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