KEY CAST MEMBERS: Matt Bennett, Zack Pearlman, NIcole Weaver, Jacob Davish, Justin Kline,Krysta Rodridguez, Harry Zittel, Seth Barrish, John McLeaish, Savannah Welch and Sunny Leone (yes, THAT Sunny Leone!)
WRITER: Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland
DIRECTOR: Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland
WEB SITE: TheVirginityHit.com
THE PLOT: Like essentially every teen comedy involving young males attempting to lose it, "The Virginity Hit" centers around a group of friends — Zach (Zach Pearlman), Justin (Justin Kline), Jacob (Jacob Davish) and Matt (Matt Bennett) — who, after each one has sex for the first time, gather to smoke a bong. (Hey, it’s not a complex plot.)
Matt, however, has never smoked as he is the last one of the group who has never had sex. But that’s going to change soon enough, for he and his girlfriend of two years Nicole (Nicole Weaver) plan to have sex in the near future. But when Matt hears a rumor about Nicole, that plan goes awry.
What results is a raunchy journey in self-discovery, sex and why adult film stars and YouTube can have SERIOUS side effects on a young man’s life in and outside of the bedroom.
THE TAKE: "The Virginity Hit" is one of those movies that is reflective of the times in which it was originated — and by that I mean the frank way in which its young cast freely and graphically talks about, desires to have and regards sex in general. With shows like "Teen Mom" and "I Didn’t Know I was Pregnant" on the air, if you are really shocked about what is said and shown in this movie, you are either [A] out of touch with today’s teen and/or [B] not watching a lot of television/looking up Web sites that you can’t view at work and/or while your parents are in the room. In addition, the film also shows how technology has changed the way we live our lives and how that now, thanks to the ability of the Internet to store limitless embarrassing moments of our lives, you may never be able to truly escape your past.
All that being said, the film does put a new spin on the things anyone at this age likely has when it comes to sex: the feeling of being left out, the concerns over the act itself and the effect one simple action — "doing it" or not "doing it" — can have on a young person’s psyche. And ladies, keep in mind that this film is coming from the modern MALE teen point of view, so be prepared to be a bit "shock and awed" if you are the type that’s more akin to watching re-runs of "Friends" than say something like "The Sopranos."
Thus, let me be clear on this: Unless your significant other is the type that watches adult entertainment with you, goes to adult "fun parties" or is so open-minded they could infuriate commentators on both MSNBC and Fox News, "The Virginity Hit" is also not a good date movie. Likewise, all you "hip" parents that feel you can watch anything with your kids, please be forewarned that unless you REALLY want to have conversations about pornography, "sexting" and why it’s never a good idea to do what a woman you just met tells you while you’re naked, you might be better served watching this one with other adults — and then signing little Timmy or Suzy up for summer camp later.
The film certainly has its sweet and sad moments (such as those involving the relationship between Matt and his parents), but overall, this is a comedy first and foremost — and it will push the limits of what you may consider good taste (and, thanks to the YouTube-inspired cinematography, your sense of balance)!
PARTING SHOT: Make no mistake about it, "The Virginity Hit" is raunchy, at times as juvenile as its young cast and doesn’t really break any new ground, but it’s pretty sweet — in a raunchy, juvenile sort of way.
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