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The Last American Virgin (1982)

Cast: Lawrence Monoson, Lawrence Monoson, Diane Franklin, more...
Director: Boaz Davidson, Boaz Davidson
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Comedies, Teen Comedy, Coming of Age
Running Time: 93 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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A group of teens search for a woman to help them lose their innocence in this sex comedy from Boaz Davidson. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Movie Guide

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"Everybody, it's time to get serious." by Lastcrackerjack April 11, 2006 - 6:46 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This was Cannon Films' entry into a wildly prolific genre of horny teenager comedies released in 1982 or '83. Martha Coolidge's "Valley Girl" holds up as the crème of that crop. Before John Hughes put style and class (and a PG rating) into the high school movie, most of these titles didn't even pretend to be anything but a variation on the time honored theme of a bunch of teenage guys (or in the case of "Where The Boys Are", chicks) trying to get it on.

"The Last American Virgin" stands out in a couple of areas. It was a remake of a highly successful series of Israeli comedies called "Lemon Popsicle", which basically had the same plot, but were set in the 1950s. Writer and director Boaz Davidson reteamed with the founders of Cannon Films - Menahem Golan and his cousin, Yoram Globus - to duplicate that success in the U.S.

Their first mistake was to set the film in present day L.A. and to cake it with every halfway listenable American pop tune they could afford. 23 appear on the soundtrack and several - "Keep On Lovin' You" by REO Speedwagon and "Open Arms" by Journey - are played twice.

The plot concerns the nice guy, a pizza delivery boy, falling for the new girl in town, played by Diane Franklin, who starts dating the bad boy instead. Nobody in the cast can really act. Franklin is blank, kind of like a brunette Barbie doll, but was darling enough to play off John Cusack in "Better Off Dead" and is a decent object of affection here.

The film's first hour is standard issue, harmless T&A. As the film progresses, the incidents get a little more dangerous, less funny ha-ha and more painful, culminating in our hero finally losing his virginity to a repulsive hooker.

Then, over an hour into our "Porky's" knockoff, the film decides to make a detour into reality when Franklin's character announces that the bad boy has gotten her pregnant. That, and a down ending in which Franklin's character chooses the bad boy over our hero, probably doomed the movie to failure at the box office.

The memorable ending did endear the film to those who remember catching it on HBO late at night in the early '80s. The dialogue and characters are all so flat that you wonder if Davidson was still in high school himself when he wrote this. But the film has heart, capturing the exuberance of being a teenager, tinged with the bitter disappointments. It's real and honest.

Steve Carell and Judd Apatow no doubt watched this several times before making "The 40 Year Old Virgin". Carell pedaling down the street on his bike and holding back the tears while Asia's "Heat of the Moment" plays had to have been influenced by this flick, which would make an excellent double feature to the great Carell-Apatow takeoff.

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