Confessions of a Young American Housewife


by Tuna

This Joe Sarno film stars Mary Mendum as a young housewife deeply involved with her husband (Eric Edwards), and their neighbors (Chris Jordan and David Hausman). The four have been a constant foursome nearly since they moved in. It is into this mix that Mary's widowed mother (Jennifer Welles) is to visit. The two couples figure their fun and games are over for the duration of mom's two week visit - until they get a look at mom. Suddenly, mom's dance card is full, and even Mary is having incestuous feelings, which mom shares.

Joe was simply showing the period's sexual mores, and the incest angle was based on people he knew. The characters are believable. I especially enjoyed Chris Jordan, who was eating whenever she wasn't having sex. The women are attractive, the acting is wonderful, and the story is strong enough that the 105 minute running time flew by. I find myself in the same position after nearly every Joe Sarno film I view, highly recommending it. If you like soft core with a point, Sarno's work is hard to top. Kudos to Seduction Cinema for making his work available in good quality DVDs..



Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:


Top of the line in 70s sexploitation.


  • Lots! It's a softcore sex film. The female nudity is supplied by Mary Mendum, Chris Jordan, Jennifer Welles, and Lana Joyce.


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6.3 IMDB summary (of 10)



  • Full screen

  • Two discs

  • Three Deleted Scenes

  • Interview with Director Joe Sarno

  • Retro-Seduction Cinema Trailer Vault

  • Never-Before-Seen Photography of Rebecca Brooke by Artist Ed Seeman

  • Bonus CD Soundtrack by Jack Justis

  • Full-Color Booklet with Liner Notes by Sarno Biographer Michael J. Bowen