The Virginity Hit

5 Oct

Title: The Virginity Hit
Year: 2010
Directors: Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland
Writers: Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland
Starring: Matt Bennett, Zack Pearlman, Jacob Davich, Justin Kline, Nicole Weaver, Krysta Rodriguez
MPAA Rating: R, strong crude and sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, drug and alcohol use
Runtime: 86 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 4.4
Rotten Tomatoes: 29%

The Virginity Hit was a film that seriously didn’t impress me, I mean yeah it was cool because you could tell the actors were improvising like crazy and ad-libbing their lines throughout the film, but other than that there wasn’t much to love about it. This is kind of like the really bad version of American Pie for the YouTube generation, because it tells the story of four high school best friends, one of whom still hasn’t lost his virginity, and the rest of which plan to make and subsequently post online a series awkward home-made videos of his attempt to lost it to have them go viral online.

This material has been handled wonderfully, as I said, by American Pie a decade ago, and tackled extremely well again by Superbad a few years ago. On The Virginity Hit, however, the directorial duo and their unknown cast don’t do much with it, and the film ends up feeling flat, not nearly being able to realize its full potential.

This is not to say that said cast of unknowns is bad in this one, they are definitely not. The performances do start rather off, mostly during the beginning when we are just being introduced to the story, but once the film finds it’s pacing and the actors have settled into their characters we get far more believable performances out of them, so yes, it’s not the performances that make this one fail. What makes it fail is just the sheer fact that the story this one tries to tell, about horny teenagers trying to lose their virginity sooner rather than later, has been told before to exceedingly superior results, and the new method they elected to show this with, the YouTube viral project, is something that should just stay on our computers and not make its way into the theaters if this is going to be the end result.

Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland, who both co-directed and co-wrote this film, also co-wrote The Last Exorcism, which I reviewed a while ago. That film kind of went for the same fauxcumentary approach, though obviously in a totally different genre, and that one also fared better than this one. Because this one just doesn’t have much to go on, the cast of unknowns, while not untalented at all, just isn’t as charming as Michael Cera, Jonah Hill or Christopher Mintz-Plasse were in Superbad. And that’s a huge part of the success, or lack thereof, of these films, and explains why this one has been a huge commercial flop, which sucks considering it does count with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, who have their own very successful and very funny viral video website in FunnyOrDie, as producers, and who end up brining nothing of their own brand of humor into it.

I didn’t like The Virginity Hit at all, I wouldn’t recommend anyone to go see it, nor will I give it another viewing myself. But I will say this for it, and that is that at the very least it was a small film, with a small budget and a whole lot of spirit by two up-and-coming filmmakers, so yeah, at least it wasn’t one of those huge-budgeted comedies that end up sucking, this one at least had some heart in it, yes, the end result was rather bad, but I still appreciate it.

Grade: C

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