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Ode to Jason Segel’s Penis

A few months ago, I marveled at the ability of Beowolf‘s animators to hide the title character’s penis, despite the fact he was naked and jumping and moving every which way.

Well, I just saw Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and I have to say I’m impressed. For a bawdy sex comedy featuring a male protagonist, it was a bit subversive in making the male nudity far more prominent than the female nudity. Sure, you briefly see a photo of Mila Kunis flashing her breasts (and you’re not even 100% sure it’s her breasts in that photo), but you see Jason Segel in the buff numerous times throughout the film and see his penis very clearly at least three times. I’m amazed that got past the MPAA (which typically has an inexplicable fear of the penis and no qualms about female full frontal nudity).

Even though Segel’s body isn’t fun to look at, in my mind, this is cinematic progress.

6 replies on “Ode to Jason Segel’s Penis”

what! three times, ewww! once is one time too many to see a pudgy fugly chubby. now if it were Brad Pitt, totally different story.

he may not be in shape but he’s not fat!! I think he’s adorable. Yea you may not see his penis hard but you can tell he’s not small, other wise he wouldn’t have agreed to show it anyway. Has anyone seen freaks and geeks? Youd absolutly fall in love with him! Personally, I’d fuck him.

I don’t have any idea how this can be seen as progress (aside from a censorship point of view). All this goes to show how much we as a society need to grow up. I don’t know about you, but I prefer interesting plots in my movies, not naked people.

I thought the way they did that Beowulf thing was hilarious…

I always thought that American censorship was a little askew – like you could see very gory violence or sex, but no breasts…

I agree with Alex’s comment.

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