Private Lessons is a novelty comedy limning an adolescent boy’s introduction to sex via his worldly European housekeeper. Suffering from a rickety structure that reflects extensive production problems (James Fargo directed additional footage sans credit), picture has a sustained air of amorality which is quite unusual for US films.
Story is set at a ritzy mansion in idyllic Arizona during summer vacation, with premise of Mr Fillmore (Ron Foster) leaving orders that his beautiful housekeeper (Sylvia Kristel) initiate his 15-year-old son Philly (Eric Brown) to sex before he returns from a business trip.
Dan Greenburg’s script from his own novel [philly] is very effective in presenting an innocent youth’s point-of-view confronted with the sexual stimuli that pervade modern society. Inability to flesh out this central notion into a feature-length screenplay is a pity, but Private Lessons should satisfy general audiences with its diversions of frequent nudity, softcore sex, dominant rock music score and gags.
As Philly, Brown successfully carries the picture with a warm performance. Kristel is a beautiful dream-woman, but play-acting role here does not tap her thesping abilities. Although Kristel bares her breasts frequently, an unmatched stunt double [Judy Helden] is used for her disconcertingly in several of the nude scenes.