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
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(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.

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