Sweet Teen / L’adolescente (1976)

4.0 out of 5

L’Adolescente is the sort of bawdy, Italian comedy that delivers on almost all of this admittedly niche genre’s established points. Of course, the main point to this sort of farce is the presence of some fine Italian flesh, in this case the double shot of former Miss Italy Daniela Giordano and Sonia Vivani, while the equally legendary Marisa Longo and giallo sexpot Dagmar Lassander make appearances as the mistress/secretary of lead Tuccio Musumeci.

The plot starts off deceptively simple enough, as Tuccio marries a young woman, Giordano, who continually avoids consummating their union. Lies are told, webs are spun and paths soon become crossed and convoluted, however, while Brescia smartly fills the screen every few minutes or so with gratuitous nudity from Vivani, Lassander, Giordano and company. Funny and sexy to a fault, L’adolescente may be crude and crass…but the film delivers where it counts for fans of sleazy, slapstick comedy…Italian style.

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