Los Angeles, 1951
A standard teenage hang out where all sorts of canoodling takes place in cars
. Usually features a father and/or police finding young people there to "break it up" and drag people back home. Depending on the broadness of the comedy (and the innocence — or lack thereof — of the setting), Don't Come A-Knockin'
may be in play.
Often involves a tourist-trap-type scenic bluff, so as to overlook the city lights at night... as if you're looking at that
when you're up here. Also a standard set up for Death by Sex
in horror movies, as the people in the car are... distracted, to say the least. Similarly, it seems being at Make-Out Point
makes you immediately a Weirdness Magnet
— the first people to see the falling meteor, the mutant escapee, or the alien invasion force tends to be such a couple; see Terror At Makeout Point
Often in The Fifties
, the makeout place is a Drive-In Theater
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- Scary Movie of course makes fun of this by having a news crew go to the scene where they suspect a killer to appear. Naturally he does show up and kill a girl waiting for her boyfriend to come back, and then the whole thing turns into a Blair Witch Project spoof as the news crew runs away.
- Pleasantville had Lover's Lane, which before the Trapped in TV Land girl got there was apparently for hand-holding.
- That sounds like the Lover's Lane from Anne of Green Gables, which was simply a path in the woods where a couple can walk around and be alone for awhile (it, like many of the other locations around Avonlea given names by Anne and her friends, was named more for the sake of giving it a suitably romantic-sounding name than for any other reason).
- Night of the Creeps plays with the trope. The police officer who goes patrolling at the Make Out Point is there because there's a serial killer loose in the area, so he's warning kids to go home. One of the couples he interrupts is made up partly of the girl he loves, cheating on him.
- The aliens from WHAM! BAM! THANK YOU, SPACEMAN! spies on Billie Jo romancing a sailor who's name she doesn't know at the local make-out place.
- The Lost Boys David rips the roof off a car where two kids have pulled over to make out, and eats them.
- Grease - the place is actually a no-parking zone.
- Monsters vs. Aliens has two teenagers trying to make out in their car out in the woods when they are interrupted by the giant alien robot. In a hilarious Gender-Inverted Trope, the cheerleader is trying to force her attentions on the high-school jock, and ends up Bridal Carrying him to safety when the alien spacecraft lands nearby.
- Killer Klowns from Outer Space has three brothers driving around the local make out point, trying to sell ice cream to the couples there. They aren't successful.
- The Music Man is set in 1912, so cars aren't quite widespread enough for this trope to be played straight. However, an invitation to "the footbridge" automatically implies canoodling.
- Briefly shown in Saved!, where the large SUV owned by the Christian protagonists is the only car not rocking.
- In The Mothman Prophecies, the Mothman inevitably shows up at one of these. The teens walk away mostly unharmed, but the boyfriend somehow gets red burns around his eyes from the encounter.
- The infamous "Disco Boy Scene" in Maniac takes its place on one of these.
- Visited repeatedly by the Omegas in Animal House. Curiously, the same song is always playing on the radio when they do.
- An early 20th century period-piece version appears in Lady and the Tramp; this is where the title couple end up at the end of the "Bella Notte" scene. As the camera pulls back, a number of couples in carriages can be seen.
- Night Claws begins with a scene of two throwaway characters getting killed here, much to the annoyance of Mr. Antwiler.
- Fanon has it that this is the true purpose of the astronomy tower in Harry Potter. The Room of Requirement has also been known to fulfill this purpose.
- Briefly featured in Good Omens as the road behind the military base, noted as appearing to be "paved with rubber".
- The novel Chase by Dean Koontz (collected in Strange Highways) concerns a murder that occurs at such a place.
- In The Face on the Milk Carton, the Scenic Overlook is nicknamed "Sexual Overlook" due to the amount of amorous teenaged couples.
Live Action TV
- Parodied in Berserk Abridged: Statutory Point is "the most romantic spot in all of Midland". Really.
- Also parodied in Homestar Runner. When Strong Bad and The Cheat get trapped in an old car that doesn't open from the inside, Homestar comes along to "break it up." "All right, young lovers. Move it along! What do you think this is, Make-out Point?"
- Chakona Space: There's a "Lover's Lane" in the city where Forestwalker lives. And to quote Lupu, "It's 'Lover's Lane', not 'Kissing Korner'".
- The Simpsons on multiple occasions. Marge and Artie Ziff went to one after their high school prom, though it didn't turn out quite as planned. In another one, when Apu and his wife were having fertility problems, Homer brings them here. "This scenario is guaranteed to cause pregnancy."
- There's also a "Make-Out Creek" referenced in one episode.
- And parodied as "Contraception Overlook" in another episode, one that takes a peek at a possible future, obviously by then they'd run out of names.
- Not really. One 20th season episode features 3rd Base Point.
- Another episode features "Holding Hands Peak".
- Blatantly abused in Clone High as "Teen Sex Cove".
- In the robot propaganda film in Futurama the robot teens go up to one of these spots and are attacked by a "human".
"Relax, Wendy. Humans will never come to our defenseless little town. It's perfectly safe to let our guard down, even for a second."
- Spongebob Squarepants actually has a really funny episode with this — it's the one where they all get superpowers. To quote Squidward- "Ah, Makeout reef. Good times, Goood times."
- The Crowning Moment of Funny of that episode has to be when the villians are terroizing the kids making out there...and inexplicably come across a guy making out with a PILLOW. "Hey man. That's not cool..."
- Appears in a Kids Next Door episode as a Double Subversion. The KND are investigating something called "The Point", which we think is a makeout spot and the kids think it's a factory turning teenagers into adults. They call in a Kill Sat but it turns out to be a roller rink.
- Parodied in the Family Guy episode "McStroke" where teens go to "Anal Point".
Brian: Ah, I've heard about that place.
Stewie: Really? What's it like? 'Cause I have no idea.
Brian: Well, uh...I suppose if you imagine it like a parking space that you think "Gosh, there's no way I'm gonna be able to fit in there," but then you fold in the side-view mirrors and sure enough, well, look at that.
Stewie: Well, in that scenario, it sounds like I'd rather be the parking space than the car.
Brian: Yeah, that's what I've always guessed.
- Inspiration Point from Moral Orel, where Orel and his sweetheart go to... pray. No, really.
- In the Adventure Time episode "Trouble in Lumpy Space", a MacGuffin needed to cure Jake of "the lumps" is found in Lumpy Space's Make Out Point.
- The Replacements features a Make-Out Point in the in-universe B-Movie Splatter Train. The plot revolves around a ghostly train killing teenagers who have been making out at the local Make Out Point. The climax of the movie involves the protagonist luring the train to the Make Out Point and then jumping out of the way, so that the train goes over the edge and smashes itself on the rocks below.
- King of the Hill plays a version of this trope when Hank takes Ladybird to a moonlit bluff to practice dog dancing.
- There's also a place in Arlen called "The Caves": a place where teens went to make out, drink beer, and do drugs back in The Seventies.