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This couple is having sex. That couple is having sex. And that couple is having sex, too. And a few other couples are having sex, maybe. Usually all at once, but not necessarily. Usually not an orgy. The narrative goes from couple to couple to couple, and sometimes singles and threesomes.

This trope can also be a tool to emphasize the one person or couple who is not having sex — or the one person / couple engaging in very vigorous and regular sex. May be used to contrast how Good People Have Good Sex with how Bad People... don't.

Examples of Sex Montage include:



 "How many people are having orgasms right now?"



  • American Pie's virginity loss sequence.
  • A Fish Called Wanda: Kevin Kline and Jamie Lee Curtis are preparing for a night of wild sex, and John Cleese and Maria Aitken... aren't.
  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls: Rolls Royce sequence.
  • Friday the 13 th Part 7: The New Blood partay in a cabin.
  • The end of the 1999 film version of A Midsummer Night's Dream has the three main couples head upstairs for their wedding nights. Puck's ending narration plays over this.
  • Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom partay in a cabin.
  • Nowhere (1997) somewhere in the middle.
  • Shortbus begins and ends like this.
  • Wedding Crashers
  • Another Gay Movie
  • Another Gay Sequel
  • Delicatessen features one of these wherein only one couple is actually having sex, but the activities of everyone else in the apartment building sync up to the same ever-quickening rhythm.
    • The couple is the Butcher and his mistress. It's to show how everyone in the building is dancing to his rhythm, as it were.
  • Suite 16 at one point intersperses a montage of one of the main characters having sex with a variety of prostitutes whilst the other one watches him do so on a hidden camera. It's... a pretty creepy film.
  • Salige Er De Som Torster, a Norwegian thriller, has an opening that cuts back and forth between two sex scenes (one straight and one lesbian, the later one with the heroine) and the brutal rape that starts of the central plot of the movie.
  • One of many porno movies called Sugar Pussy about two white blonde lesbians and two uncut Latino men who abduct three blonde white women.
  • Good Luck Chuck, except that it's just him during his many sexcapades
  • Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy
  • Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon
  • Inside Deep Throat
  • Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes
  • Friends With Benefits: When Jamie and Dylan first start with their arrangement.
  • Seducing Dr Lewis has one to show how the entire little fishing village used to have good sex when the fishing was still strong and plentiful.


  • At least two passages in Gravity's Rainbow feature a panorama of random sex acts. Probably more Squick than sexy, however.
  • House of Leaves features a brief part where Johnny reviews a list of his friend Lude's sexcapades of the past month, many of which involve some rather eyebrow-raising activites (golden showers, wetsuits, threesomes, etc). However, Johnny immeadiatly deconstructs this trope by mentally giving each girl a tragic backstory (abortions, rape, Parental Incest, prostution, etc.) It's that kind of book.


  • Big Love (a couple times, at least)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer did this in season 7, except with one of the couples (Buffy and Spike) very pointedly not having sex
  • The opening ten minutes of the first episode of Dante's Cove.
  • This is how Glee shot Like a Virgin in the Madonna Episode, with three couples. Until it turns out to only be a shared fantasy between the three virgins, and only one of the couples actually has sex.
  • Queer as Folk All the time.
  • The L Word (season 5 Liquid Heat)
  • The TV movie The Rat Pack has a humorous take on this, showing the hotel rooms of the members of the titular group in sequence. The activites depicted become increasingly risque up to the penultimate shot of Frank Sinatra with two women... with the final shot showing Dean Martin sitting up in bed, alone, reading a newspaper and drinking a glass of milk.
  • The Secret Life of the American Teenager did a strange variant of this with the main female characters going solo night after night. They got bored of it within a week.
  • Sex and the City (Season 4, What's Sex Got to Do with It?) Charlotte's having great sex with her ex-husband, Carrie's having great sex with a guy with ADHD, Samantha's having great lesbian sex, and Miranda is eating junk food and watching television.
  • True Blood


  • Avenue Q: You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want (When You're Making Love)
  • RENT
  • Danced around (literally) in Company: all the couples can be heard but not seen.

Web Comics

  • Toward the end of the "Behind Closed Doors" storyline of Penny and Aggie, there's a montage of what Stan and Michelle, as well as various plot-unimportant couples, are thinking about.

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