Full-frontal male nudity is often used in dramas, but let’s be honest — male genitalia is pretty funny. Sure, showing a man’s junk can be used to titillate, shock, or show a character at his most vulnerable, but it’s extremely effective when it’s used for laughs. We analyzed some of the most popular comedies to feature full-frontal male nudity and scored them on the GrrlzChannel Scale which rates full-frontal funny on a scale ranging from 1/2 a Vienna Sausage on the low side to a perfect score of 6 Washington Monuments for a scene that is full-frontal-funny perfection. We also tried to decipher what makes male nudity so hilarious, but were unable to come to any solid conclusions. We’re still working on it, but we’re pretty sure it has something to do with the dangling…
When it was released, The Hangover
pushed the envelope of R-rated raunchy comedies just about as far as it would go. And really, a naked Ken Jeong
bursting from a car trunk is simply very funny. Element-of-Surprise + Genitals = Huge Laughs. We’re pretty sure there’s a mathematical proof someone is working on right now describing the relationships between surprise male nudity and laughter. But Ken Jeong isn’t the only one to go full frontal in the first Hangover
. The photo montage at the end of the movie features the "talents" of Zach Galifianakis
, and it is absolutely hilarious when seen with an audience. A hundred or so people having a visceral reaction to the photos all at the same time is pretty entertaining. That instance of full frontal doesn’t tend to age quite as well, because watching it in the comfort of your own living room without a crowd of people, the "ick yikes ugh" factor veers more to the off-putting than the hilarious.
After the initial viewing, The Hangover
would a full-frontal rating of 5 popsicles. Subsequent viewings tend to get something closer to 3 3/4 Push-Up Frozen Treats
Overall, Part II
is not nearly as good as the original, and similarly, Mr. Chow’s full-frontal isn’t as effective as it was the first time around. It wasn’t surprising, it wasn’t really clever, it was just gross, and really way too much time was spent on it. From our perspective, it was almost as un
funny as the first full-frontal scene of the movie was funny. It seems that movie makers thought by spending more time on it, it would increase the funniness. That other use of full-frontal — we’ll just call it that scene from the strip club — would’ve been funnier if it had been more of a surprise. By revealing what the audience was going to see before they saw it, the scene was, uh, stripped of its full comedic potential. Repeated Hints at Upcoming Nudity + Nudity = Not Really Funny. Oddly, it turns out that the comedy works even better without even seeing the junk featured in the flick; reading the descriptions of the events written in the Kids-In-Mind
movie review website is arguably funnier than the scenes themselves.
While there is no shortage of genitalia in this movie, it only gets 1 1/2 vienna sausages
for not using those assets to their fullest comedic potential.
One of the best full-frontal scenes in relatively recent memory is the break-up scene in Forgetting Sarah Marshall
. It’s funny, it features a completely nude man swinging his junk around, and yet it manages to not be raunchy. Producer Judd Apatow
furthers his quest to change the world, one penis at a time
without being truly vulgar, and he succeeds with this flick. The fact that Jason Segel
wrote the scene makes it even better. It wasn’t just some poor schlub hired to play the role, he wrote it for himself and knew it would be his bits and pieces hanging out in the breeze. While Segel’s junk doesn’t do anything to move the plot forward — though it sure impressed this fan
— it’s an important piece of the character development. The scene also manages to make the audience sympathize for the character, who might have otherwise seemed a little whiny and needy.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
gets a perfect full-frontal score of 6 Washington Monuments
The Farrelly brothers delivered everything we’d expect from a raunchy buddy comedy in Hall Pass
, and in addition, set the bar for most random, silly, and gratuitous use of male genitalia in a comedy. Two guys, who aren’t even really characters and have nothing whatsoever to do with the plot, kneel on screen in the buff for no other reason than to get a laugh with a “some people’s genitals are larger than other people's” sight gag. The scene is laugh-out-loud funny, memorable, and could be inserted into just about any other raunchy buddy comedy ever made. Bobby
and Peter Farrelly
apparently really know how to use genitals to their fullest potential.
The GrrlzChannel full frontal score of no less than 5 harvest-ready butternut squashes
Life of Brian
is a strong contender for the award for equal-opportunity full-frontal nudity. Both the ladies and the fellas get full-frontal action in this Monty Python classic. The scene that features male nudity is also a good reminder that no matter how on top of the world you’re feeling, it’s always a good idea to take a glance outside before
opening up a window and getting a breath of fresh air in the buff. It’s also actually relatable, unlike many of the scenes we’ve discussed. It’s highly improbable that your average person will find themselves locked in a trunk of a Mercedes and bust out fully nude when it is finally opened. But thinking you’re all alone when there’s actually a crowd just outside? That could happen to anyone. Life of Brian
proves that male nudity can be used to comedic effect and not be inappropriate viewing for a group of seventh graders. It’s remarkable but true.
Life of Brian
gets a full-frontal score of 5 1/4 bratwursts
What sets Observe and Report
apart from those in other similar comedies, is how the full-frontal scene is teased throughout the movie. At first we see only a glimpse of buttock from the mall flasher character. Awhile later a photograph of some genitals is displayed, and one might assume that’s the extent of the male nudity in the flick. Finally, near the very end, the full-frontal finale delivers several minutes of a man running nude, with all of his goods on display for most of that time. In addition to all this naked, Observe and Report
also includes what is one of the most hilarious darkly funny sex scenes of all time, thanks to the brilliant comedic timing of Anna Faris
. This flick did only middling numbers at the box office, but it’s decidedly worth a watch for anyone in the mood for a hard-R comedy.
Observe and Report
‘s full-frontal score: 4 3/4 corndogs
Without a doubt, Harold and Kumar take home the prize for the most creative use of male bits in a comedy. Movie makers made use of male genitals in both a claymation sequence as well as in recreation of the “triple-dog dare you” scene from A Christmas Story
. Where A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas
loses points is in the lack of realism in the full-frontal scenes. Really, the junk in the live-action sequence looks like it was made from the same material as the one in the claymation portion of the movie. While we understand that John Cho
didn’t want his goods stuck to a pole, it seems like a touch more effort could have been made in the realistic-looking-prosthetics department. On the other hand, maybe we should feel grateful that it wasn’t incredibly lifelike.
Harold and Kumar get a GrrlzChannel score of 3 and 7/8 oversized candy canes
Of all the comedies that feature full-frontal, the Judd Apatow-produced Wanderlust
is the only one to uses it to set the tone. It’s used early — though not often — to give the audience a clear idea for just what type of raunchy comedy they’re in for. After starting so strong, it ends up being a little surprising how often male nudity is implied rather than shown, considering one of the main characters is a nudist winemaker. Like Life of Brian
, this movie also gets high points for equal-opportunity nudity. Both the fellas and the ladies bare it all for this one, though it is just for laughs and not for lust. Oh, and just so no one watches the flick only to be disappointed, we don’t get a glimpse of either Paul Rudd
’s or Justin Theroux
’s junk. While it may be the star who drops trou in a drama, it seems to be the secondary characters that lose their pants in comedies.
It didn’t do great at the box office, but Wanderlust
still scores a solid 5 3/4 burritos
The American Pie
franchise finally took the plunge and gave up the goods for the most recent installment, American Reunion
. Watching this one, it’s clear how far the envelope has been pushed in 13 years, because what was as raunchy as it got in 1999 is now pretty tame. Not to be outdone by more recent R-rated comedies, the gang and Jason “he doesn’t have that last name for nothin’” Biggs proved they could still, umm, hang with the big dogs, even when that means letting it all hang out — or in this case, squish down. The original American Pie
has never looked so sweet and innocent.
GrrlzChannel awards 5 1/2 sausage links
to American Reunion
for its effective and funny use of full frontal nudity — and for answering the question that we’ve all been asking for 13 years. No wonder it earned over $200 million
at the box office worldwide.