Phillip Filmore is a naive, 15-year-old, preoccupied with sex, who develops a crush on Nicole Mallow, the new 30-something, French housekeeper and sitter to look after him when Phillip’s father is out of town for the summer on a “business” trip. But Mr. Filmore’s unscrupulous chauffeur, Lester Lewis, takes advantage of Phillip’s crush on Nicole to hire her to seduce the youth, then draws her into a plot to fake her own death in a blackmail scheme aimed to drain Phillip’s trust fund.
Private Lessons is a 1981 American sex comedy film starring Sylvia Kristel, Howard Hesseman, Eric Brown, and Ed Begley, Jr. The screenplay was written by Dan Greenburg, who wrote the original source novel, Philly. Greenburg appears as the manager of a motel in the film.
Private Lessons was highly controversial at the time of its release, for its plot line of a sexual relationship between a boy in his mid-teens and his 30-something housekeeper. It was one of Kristel’s few major American film appearances; she was better known to European audiences for her Emmanuelle films which had only limited distribution in the United States.
Private Lessons (1981)
Directed by: Alan Myerson
Starring: Sylvia Kristel, Howard Hesseman, Eric Brown, Patrick Piccininni, Pamela Jean Bryant, Meridith Baer, Beans Morocco
Screenplay by: Dan Greenburg
Cinematography by: Jan de Bont
Film Editing by: Fred A. Chulack
Makeup Department: Yvonne Curry, Gigi Williams
Art Direction by: Linda Pearl
Distributed by: Jensen Farley Pictures, Cinema Epoch
Release Date: August 28, 1981