Last American Virgin (The)

     Catagory: Comedy

     MPAA Rating: R

     Owned By: Keith

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Movie Details:   This Cannon Pictures entry into the early '80s teen comedy cycle isn't the best of that genre but it is definitely one of the most unusual. Boaz Davidson's script, a remake of his foreign hit Lemon Popsicle, suggests two different movies at war under the same roof one a raucous comedy in the vein of Porky's, the other a painfully earnest coming-of-age drama with a surprisingly intense abortion subplot. The constant veering back and forth between drama and comedy ensures that the film never finds a consistent tone and this problem isn't helped by the script's sketchy characterizations, which fall into easily labeled types (the fat kid, the sensitive one, the heartless stud). However, The Last American Virgin is not without its attributes: Davidson keeps the episodic story line moving at a fast pace, and the soundtrack is studded with a barrage of great '80s pop by groups like U2, the Cars, and REO Speedwagon. There are also some solid performances by Lawrence Monoson as the film's hapless protagonist and by Diane Franklin as the likable but capricious girl he's fallen for. Finally, the film boasts one serious sucker-punch of an ending that is guaranteed to stun most viewers. In the end, The Last American Virgin works better as a time capsule of its period than an as a solid film, but offers enough zip and surprises to make it worth a watch for teen comedy connoisseurs.