Barely Illegal: 16 Jailbait Films

Nerve looks at the Sweet 16 of young Hollywood sexuality

By Paul Stinson,  Newser User

Posted May 29, 2008 1:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – As the recent uproar over Miley Cyrus “back-gate” revealed, the taboo topic of teenage sexuality never strays far from the American psyche. Nerve lists 16 films that walk the fine line between sexual initiation and legal deviation.

  1. Lolita: A British professor marries the mother to get to the oh-so-young daughter in this Kubrick flick, remade in 1997 by Adrian Lyne.

  1. Taxi Driver: After Travis Bickle's date at the porno theater doesn't work out so well, he turns his attention to Jodie Foster, teenage prostitute.
  2. Manhattan: Woody Allen's cinematic skirting of statutory law with a 17-year-old still came across as a romantic comedy.
  3. American Beauty: Kevin Spacey's Lester Burnham reactivates his libido, courtesy of his daughter's friend.
For the rest of the sweet 16, click the link below.

Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is intrigued by Angela (Mena Suvari), sparking some major changes in his life in Dreamworks Pictures' American Beauty.
Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is intrigued by Angela (Mena Suvari), sparking some major changes in his life in Dreamworks Pictures' "American Beauty."   (Getty Images)
Dominique Swain and Jeremy Irons star in Lolita, director Adrian Lyne's version of the classic Vladimir Nabokov novel.
Dominique Swain and Jeremy Irons star in "Lolita," director Adrian Lyne's version of the classic Vladimir Nabokov novel.   (Getty Images)
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James Mason and Sue Lyon set the standard for creepy underage tension in Stanley Kubrick's 1962 film 'Lolita'.   (YouTube)

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