SCREWBALLS is a 1983 Canadian film not afraid to dial in to what teenagers care most about – sex. Created during the heyday of Canadian genre filmmaking – in which legislation allowed a 100 percent write-off for all locally made movies – SCREWBALLS is a fairly simple film.
A group of teenage boys make a pact to help each other see the bare breasts of their school’s one chaste student before homecoming. As the teens concoct scheme after scheme to catch little miss Purity Busche without her bra on, the movie packs in as many sexual innuendos as possible within its 80 minute running time. While the plot could come off as a little creepy, the film’s core group of sexually frustrated young men never come off as too, too rape-y thanks in large part to their cartoon-like nature.
Each of the film’s "heroes" is an over-the-top caricature – there’s the prep with the perpetual badminton racket, the sniveling geek with the taped-up glasses, the dimwitted meathead who has a problem containing his Hulk-like bursts of hormones, and the master of disguise – a kid who is overly eager to don whatever getup might get him closer to female flesh, whether it’s a labcoat or a dress. These live-action looney toons are harmless perverts in a world where every teenage girl is a sex-craved vixens– deep-throating sausage links and dry humping teddy bears.
It’s hard to cry misogyny in a school whose cheerleaders proudly display the letters “T & A” on their chests and do stretching exercises designed to enhance their bustline. Well, maybe it’s not too hard but still – the ‘80s were a different time for sex comedies.
SCREWBALLS is a movie that doesn’t waste too much time on plot or character development. Why spend money on pathos when you could buy a couple dozen more phallic-shaped balloons or stage a half-naked food fight at a drive-in theater. If you're looking for laughs - or breasts - you're going to get your money's worth with this movie. The film effortlessly tosses off joke after joke, showing off with its ample supply of sight gags and puns.
SCREWBALLS was made by a who’s who list of Canadian genre filmmakers. Rafal Zielinski (SPELLCASTER) directs from a script written by Linda Shayne (PURPLE PEOPLE EATER) and JIM WYNORSKI (CHOPPING MALL). Heck even Tibor Takacs (THE GATE) served as the production manager.
If you’re a fan of wacky comedies and copious amounts of nudity across the gender spectrum (and who isn't?), don’t miss our screening of SCREWBALLS at Vintage Park on Wednesday, June 12 at 7:30 PM. As an added bonus – our popcorn comes in metal bowls so you don’t have to worry about somebody trying to pull the old “hole in the bottom of the popcorn bucket” trick on you.