Sex Appeal
Sex appeal.jpg
Release poster
Directed byTalia Osteen
Screenplay byTate Hanyok
Produced by
  • Jeremy Garelick
  • Ryan Bennett
  • Mark Fasano
  • Mickey Liddell
  • Will Phelps
  • Pete Shilaimon
  • Tobias Weymar
CinematographySherri Kauk
Edited byGennady Fridman
Music byJeffrey Brodsky
American High
Distributed byHulu
Release date
January 14, 2022
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

Sex Appeal is a 2022 American teen sex comedy film directed by Talia Osteen in her feature-film length directorial debut, from a screenplay by Tate Hanyok. The film stars Mika Abdalla, Jake Short, Margaret Cho, Paris Jackson and Fortune Feimster.


Avery Hansen-White holds herself back from doing things she's not excellent at. So when her long-distance boyfriend seems to want to take their relationship to the next level at the upcoming STEM conference ("nerd prom"), she resolves to master her sexuality. Avery starts studying the mechanics of love and realizes that relationships involve less science and more heart.



In March 2021, it was revealed that American High was developing a teen comedy for Hulu called Sex Appeal, with Mika Abdalla and Jake Short set to star in the film.[1][2] The same month, it was reported that Talia Osteen would direct the film in her directorial debut for Hulu, while Tate Hanyok would serve as the screenwriter and one of the executive producers.[3][4] In April 2021, Margaret Cho, Paris Jackson, Rebecca Henderson, and Skai Jackson were announced to star in the movie.[5][6]


The film was released on January 14, 2022 on Hulu.[7] Internationally, the movie became available through Disney+ starting on April 8, 2022.[8][9] In Latin America, the film was released as a Star+ original on March 18, 2022.[10]


On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 55% of 20 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.90/10.[11]

Jennifer Green of Common Sense Media rated the film 3 out of 5 stars and praised the positive message of the movie on romantic relationships, while complimenting the diversity of the cast.[12] Aurora Amidon of Paste rated the movie 5,8 out of 10, praised how the movie approaches the lose of virginity with humor, but found the lack of knowledge on sex of Mika Abdalla's character nonsensical due to her mastery on science and the presence of her sex-positive parents.[13] Ferdosa of Screen Rant rated the film 2 out of 5 stars, complimented that the movie manages to deliver a positive take on sexual relationships, while praising the performance of Abdalla, but stated that the film does not develop the characters enough through their dialogues compared to other teen sex comedy movies.[14]


  1. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (March 4, 2021). "Mika Abdalla, Jake Short To Star In Teen Comedy 'Sex Appeal' From American High & Hulu". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  2. ^ "Film and TV Projects Going Into Production - Sex Appeal". Variety Insight. Archived from the original on March 15, 2021. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
  3. ^ Rubin, Rebecca (March 4, 2021). "Teen Comedy 'Sex Appeal' in the Works at Hulu". Variety. Retrieved April 30, 2022.
  4. ^ "'Sex Appeal' Trailer Reveals a Studious Experiment in Love and Relationships". Collider. January 4, 2022. Retrieved April 30, 2022.
  5. ^ Murray, Rebecca (April 5, 2021). "Paris Jackson Joins the Cast of Hulu's 'Sex Appeal' Teen Comedy". Showbiz Junkies. Retrieved July 17, 2021.
  6. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (April 5, 2021). "'Sex Appeal': Margaret Cho, Skai Jackson, Paris Jackson & More Join Hulu Comedy From American High". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  7. ^ Ushe, Naledi (January 14, 2022). "Sex Appeal Stars Mika Abdalla and Jake Short Talk Normalizing Conversations About Sex". POPSUGAR Entertainment UK. Retrieved April 30, 2022.
  8. ^ "All the new TV shows, documentaries and films coming to Disney+ in April". March 29, 2022. Retrieved April 30, 2022.
  9. ^ updated, Tom Power last (March 26, 2022). "Every movie and TV show coming to Disney Plus in April 2022". TechRadar. Retrieved April 30, 2022.
  10. ^ "Star+: "Sex Appeal" llega a Star+". El Informador :: Noticias de Jalisco, México, Deportes & Entretenimiento (in Mexican Spanish). Retrieved April 30, 2022.
  11. ^ "Sex Appeal". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 16, 2022.
  12. ^ "Sex Appeal Movie Review | Common Sense Media". Retrieved April 30, 2022.
  13. ^ "A Lack of Nuance Makes Sex Appeal an Unappealing Teen Sex Comedy". January 11, 2022. Retrieved April 30, 2022.
  14. ^ "Sex Appeal Review: Hulu's New Teen Comedy Can't Compare To Sex Education". ScreenRant. January 15, 2022. Retrieved April 30, 2022.