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      The Explosive Generation

      1961 1h 29m Drama List
      Reviews 56% Audience Score 100+ Ratings High school teacher Peter Gifford (William Shatner) is admired by his students, because he understands the problems they face in their daily lives. After an uncertain situation with her boyfriend, senior Janet Sommers (Patty McCormack) broaches the idea that Gifford teach sex education. Believing the students should have proper knowledge, Gifford assigns them to write anonymous essays about sex to go over in class. When the puritanical PTA hears of the assignment, Gifford has to fight to teach. Read More Read Less Watch on Prime Video Stream Now

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      James Plath Movie Metropolis For a B movie "The Explosive Generation" isn't half bad--and it's fun watching Shatner in his first big feature role. Rated: 6/10 Mar 20, 2011 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews William Shatner's first big role is in this low-budget youth film. Rated: C Jun 9, 2009 Full Review Sean Axmaker Turner Classic Movies Online ... an early celebration of social protest from the youth generation. Sep 17, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Enjoyable period piece. Shatner has weirdly entertaining energy. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member For a B movie "The Explosive Generation" isn't half bad--and it's fun watching Shatner in his first big feature role. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member An enjoyable if extremely ridiculous early 60s after school special in which a whole town freaks out because four teens may or may not have had sex. William Shatner stars as the idealistic teacher who wants to discuss the taboo topic in class and sparks off a crazed teenage rebellion. Waaaaaaaayyyyyy goofy, but kitschy fun. VF. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Never released on VHS or DVD, I caught this on TCM, and you should try to catch this campy time capsule. Captain Kirk wants to answer the kids questions about sex and all sorts of campy drama ensures. Fun stuff. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Surprisingly not too bad. Slightly more mature than the typical 1960s youth versus the establishment film. Strong performances all around, particularly William Shatner and Patty McCormack. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member This was a good movie and if you put it in context of when it was made, it is a great movie. A teacher asks his students what they want to talk about. They want to talk honestly and openly about sex. He knows he will get in trouble, but after much insistence from the students, he decides to go ahead. Someone tells their parents about it and they go nuts and get all the parents to get the teacher fired. The students start a protest. It isn't until the end of the movie that the parents finally listen to their kids and realize it isn't the teacher's fault. Their kids have questions and had no one to turn to for answers. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis High school teacher Peter Gifford (William Shatner) is admired by his students, because he understands the problems they face in their daily lives. After an uncertain situation with her boyfriend, senior Janet Sommers (Patty McCormack) broaches the idea that Gifford teach sex education. Believing the students should have proper knowledge, Gifford assigns them to write anonymous essays about sex to go over in class. When the puritanical PTA hears of the assignment, Gifford has to fight to teach.
      Director
      Buzz Kulik
      Producer
      Stanley Colbert
      Production Co
      Vega Productions
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 1, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 29m
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