Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Last American Virgin (1982)


Big Hair, headbands, body glitter, leather pants, Jordache jeans, raised collars, Dr. Pepper, sex, and rock-n-roll. The Last American Virgin, the epitome of the 80s, flaunts all of the good, bad, and ugly of this colorful era. Gary, Rick, and David are on a quest to get laid and they’re not picky about their conquests, including unappealing schoolgirls, a middle-aged, Spanish nymphomaniac, and Ruby the redheaded hooker. Some of the most hilarious scenes include the guys trying to impress girls who want drugs by serving up lines of Sweet-n-Low and their attempt at drowning the crabs they received as a parting gift from Ruby.
The main character is Gary, who falls in love with the new girl, Karen (Diane Franklin, an 80s film veteran), who falls in love with Gary’s best friend, Rick. Isn’t that the way it always goes? Gary is a nice guy. Rick is not. As the love story progresses, Gary and Rick’s friendship is tested by Rick’s involvement with and eventual dumping of Karen. Of course, Rick has a really good reason for dumping her—she’s pregnant. Gary jumps in to save the day and rescue Karen.
The ending, however, is jolting! It is not a “happily ever after” film, but rather a reality check. It makes sense, but I still wished for Gary to get what he wanted. In the end, it wasn’t just about losing virginity—it was about the loss of innocence. That gave this film a twist that made it seem a lot different from the other teen films of this time. The sound track offers a variety of music that was popular in the 80s, including The Cars, U2, Oingo Boingo, the Police, Devo, and REO Speedwagon. However, several of the key songs play two and three times throughout the film—very annoying! The Last American Virgin has a great cast, lots of nudity, and tons of laughs. The Trailer:

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