People probably expect the Catholic, conservative crank to be four-square against nudity, right?
Well… not exactly.
The “obligatory titty” scene mentioned above certainly WAS a reality in movies for a long time. But you know what? I’d say there’s a lot LESS nudity in current mainstream Hollywood movies than there was in the late 70s and early 80s!
Nowadays, Hollywood’s primary market is adolescents, many of whom can’t get into “R” rated movies. So, Hollywood studios invaraiably shoot for a PG-13 rating, which means a lot of killing is okay (as long as there’s not much real gore), and a lot of scantily clad women are okay (plenty of thong bikinis, lots of cleavage, etc.), but VERY little nudity and no graphic sex.
Think about it- nowadays, you often see action movies with a scenes set in strip clubs, where the strippers are wearing bikinis!
And I’ve lost count of the times I’ve seen couples in bad, under the covers, after what’s SUPPOSED to have been a passionate night of lovemaking… but when they get out from under the covers, they’ve got UNDERWEAR on!
Again, this has less to do with prudishness than with business- Hollywood WANTS to show sex, but NOT so much that it will bring them the dreaded “R” rating that will keep kids out.
Remember Kate Winslet’s semi-nude scenes in “Titanic”? That’s about as much nudity as you’re likely to see, these days, in a Hollywood film that’s aimed at a mass (i.e. young) audience.
Of course, you also have to bear in mind that we’re living in the age of cable and the Internet. When I was a teen, it was a rare thrill to get into an “R” rated movie and see some nekkid girls, even if it was just the odd tit or ass here and there. Today, a kid who wants to see full nudity and graphic sex of any kind can see it at will. He doesn’t have to pay 8 bucks to see it at a theater.
A teen today can see all the naked girls and all the sex he wants for free. He’ll only pay 8 bucks at the theater to see things he CAN’T see at home. That means BIG action sequences, which fit nicely within the PG-13 boundaries.