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From the guys behind Step Brothers comes THE VIRGINITY HIT, an outrageous mockumentary about trying to lose your virginity while the whole world watches. Matt is the last of his buddies to lose his virginity. With his stepbrother recording his every humiliating move and posting it online, Matt gets revenge on his cheating girlfriend, breaks the law, gets a sexy cyber offer too-good-to-be-true, meets the porn star of his dreams and becomes an Internet sensation in the process. Getting laid was never this funny.
If every generation gets the American Pie or Porky's it deserves, then the arrival of The Virginity Hit in 2010 makes sense. This tale of four high-school friends agreeing to lose their virginity is entirely seen through the lens of a video camera, as the guys themselves document the process. Actually, three of them are dispatched within the first couple of minutes; mostly we focus on Matt (Matt Bennett), the geekiest of the bunch, who's been going out with Nicole (Nicole Weaver) for a couple of years. They've finally "set a date," and--perhaps appropriately for the communal, no-privacy zone of the Facebook age--they've shared their intentions with all their friends. In fact, some of Matt's bumbling preparations for the big night end up on YouTube, as do the disasters that surround the scheduled liaison: Matt learns that Nicole might have cheated on him at a frat party, and he goes into a tailspin that includes a confrontation with his absent father and a date with a porn star (played by porn star Sunny Leone). All of this is digitally documented by the pals, of course, a process directors Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland seem to consider perfectly normal rather than sadistic. Their angle (they also wrote the faux-documentary The Last Exorcism) could be perfectly acceptable if the movie were funnier and maybe had a few characters who weren't repellent. The film makes a half-hearted attempt to pass itself off as real, but it can sustain itself even if you don't buy that--the jokes about bodily functions and transsexual blow-up dolls require no particular gimmick to translate them into lowbrow humor. But that's about the best that can be said for this buffoonish exercise. --Robert Horton
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I'll say this as objectively as I can, but the film is brilliant. Partly to due to major marketing miscalculations and mistaken expectations, it was wildly misunderstood at the time. Andrew Gurland and Huck Botko (writers/directors) come from a documentary film school background, and this was their take on a Broomfield or McElwee style doc, done through the style of Youtube videos. It's actually rather high-concept.
Gurland and Botko are masterful filmmakers. While some scenes had to be scripted, 75% of the film was improvised. Instead of putting us up in separate hotel rooms, they rented a stately house for the four of us to live in, 24/7. We got to know each other organically and became best friends. We got to know each other's quirks, how to get each other to say something funny, etc. In the few positive reviews we got, most complimented the ensemble acting. We were actually friends. Same goes for many of the other actors in the film. People like Nicole and Krysta spent plenty of time at the house (or we would be set up on dates) and our reactions to characters like that in the film were based on our own personal reactions to the actors. We got to know Krysta as an older sister. We got to know Nicole as someone we were trying to hook Matt up with. We used our real names in the film, and it often blurred fact and fiction. For instance, Huck and Andrew might send us into a military surplus store with a camera, not telling us what to do. While we were in there, someone's phone would ring. While the caller ID would ostensibly be Huck or Andrew, they would call as Nicole or another character in the film, and whoever picked up would talk to them as Nicole. They gave us multiple cameras to keep in the house, and we were told to film whatever we wanted. Much of it wound up in the film.
The film may be a bit sexist, but not any more (in fact less) than your regular teen sex comedy. For some reason, people walked out of this thinking there was rampant nudity. Apart from the nudity of strippers performing in a strip club, I didn't see any. I don't know why, but this film was trashed for being a moral outrage. I don't say that lightly. At an early screening, an actor was giving a Q&A, and he was confronted multiple times by critics, telling him he should be ashamed of himself for being in the film. There are so many worse (and better reviewed) films of this genre out there, so I'm not sure why ours got especially picked on.
This isn't even a straight teen sex romp. For those who haven't seen it, this film gets really rather dark and depressing. It fleshes out the characters and makes you care about them. The characters aren't cardboard cut-outs. They actually have backstories and reasons for existing in a film. Huck and Andrew weren't afraid of taking a 180 degree turn at several points in the film, to move on to touching or sad scenes. It often makes you feel uncomfortable, but it feels more real than any teen sex comedy I've ever seen. Why should everything be a laughing matter? Again, this was filmed as a parody of documentaries.
Lastly, you have to admire the casting of this film. Every supporting actor nails their scenes. The hotel manager almost steals the entire movie. Zack's parents were some of the best actors I've ever witnessed (after a certain scene involving them, we all stood up and broke into applause as soon as they yelled cut). Matt's real dad comes across as a deadbeat dad, and his girlfriend in the film is wildly realistic. They casted the best of the best. There is not a bad performance in the film (except, perhaps, for mine).
I whole-heartedly recommend this film. Not as a funny teen sex comedy. But as a film. A genuinely good film. Check it out. No one else is watching it, so pay the seven bucks and buy a copy. You won't be let down. I assure you.