The Terror of Sex Education
I agree with Adrian Keys’ opinion about the ending:
It would have been more horrific (in a good way, cinematically) had the director dared to show a splatter of semen on the floor at the end. Although the magic of movie-making means it didn’t have to be the boy’s real ejaculate, such a scene, I imagine, would come too close to child porn for most. Leading up to the climax the narration works well alongside the symbolic imagery. When the boy snaps back to his embarrassing reality, only letting the voice-over tell the story feels disingenuous to a visual medium.
– From High on Sex
Despite the film’s literal climax, the ending felt a little anti-climactic after all that build-up. I don’t think we necessarily needed to see any actual “semen”, but one last lingering look from the camera would have satisfied me. A moment to relax from all the terror and let go.
This short won’t speak to everyone, because of its cisgendered and hetero view…i.e. “all girls are born with vaginas,” but it’s a pretty amazing little short told from the view of a “Late Bloomer”. The only thing that could have made it better is if it had been narrated by Vincent Price, but since he’s dead, I have to give props to Clay McLeod Chapman’s for his pretty dead on narration skills.
Oh, the terror, the utter terror!
Do you guys have any utterly embarrassing sex ed/awakening sexuality tales of your own? I’ll try to think of some and get back to you guys on that front…either in the comments…or maybe, I’ll devote an entire post to it.
Come on now, share, you know you wanna.