In 2013, “The Sex Lives of College Girls” — billed as the first movie to look at the sexual lives of young college women — grossed $2.5 million. Its starring actresses found lesser roles, its director, Emily Claudius, took up with some other movie, and “Sex Lives” ultimately fizzled. In its waning days, the film hit YouTube for one last time, where it received breathless commentary from stars Amanda Seyfried and Aubrey Plaza.
For its second coming-of-age comedy, however, “The Sex Lives of College Girls” recast its core quartet. It’s now called “The Sex Lives of Women,” and stars Lupita Nyong’o, Zendaya, Kiersey Clemons and Zoey Deutch, an actress best known for writing, directing and starring in “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.” It’s been compared to “Bridesmaids,” another loose comedy that hit audiences during the summer of 2011.
“The Sex Lives of College Girls” centered on a group of four friends, each struggling to figure out what to do after losing their virginity. With the girls now left with a single college term, their struggles are amplified.
At times, though, the film highlights its female characters more, like when Clemons plays herself, having had sex for the first time in the Suckers’ dorm room. It’s an accidental mirror of the film itself. “The Sex Lives of College Girls” chronicled the bumbling escapades of a group of women in their late teens. “Women’s” adaptation considers a group of ladies 20 years older.
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