Posted by Nick Poyner on September 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm
The Virginity Hit feels like the little engine that could. Its cast is virtually unheard of; so are the writer/directors; the budget could not have been very big; almost the whole thing looks like it was shot on handheld cameras. But it does have something HUGE behind it: Gary Sanchez productions, property of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.
At it’s core the film is about a kid named Matt who wants to lose his virginity to his long time girlfriend. Awww. Something happens and it turns out it wasn’t meant to be. So his good friend/almost brother steps in and tries to get him laid any way possible.
The best part of the film was its sincerity. Take that in. Now that we got that out of the way, it’s also one of the dirtiest movies I’ve seen in quite some time. How so? Let me count the ways. One, it’s about losing your virginity. Not dirty necessarily. But now think Superbad. Think of Jonah Hill’s mouth and all the things that came out of it. Now add more, much more. Zack Pearlman who plays Zack (most of the leads use their real first name) has the mouth of a sailor. Need more? The reference to porn star Sunny Leone takes place in more ways than three. Another, plenty of sexual acts are shown or described in heavy detail.
Even with all that, it feels like 18-year-old boys doing things 18-year-old boys do (sans camera). It is dirty; they are horny. Matt does a great job being so confused and innocent that you hope you were never/will never be like him. He’s taken advantage of and mentally beat up, but painstakingly doesn’t know any better. You really feel awkward when he fails and root for him to succeed. The characters are all genuine and even if the things they do seem ridiculous, the best intentions are almost always there.
Filming, as I said before, looks like it’s all shot for home video; it plays heavy to youtube references and feel. Usually I’m not a big fan of that style, but it seems like these kids probably would do something like this. After a few minutes, the adjustment is fine.
In Hollywood, it’s rare to find something like this. The Virginity Hit is a film that wants so badly to be a hit that the virgin like quality of (almost) everyone involved is what makes it seem so real. With the exception of a few scenes, it’s easy to forget these people are actors. It’s heavy on the sex, but if you don’t mind that, check it out.