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The Virginity Hit

The Virginity Hit
Matt Bennett, Zack Pearlman and Savannah Welch

Rated: R 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: September 10, 2010 Released by: Sony Pictures

Adolescent arrested development for the American Pie or Superbad crowd is like a full-length YouTube video.

The Virginity Hit, as written and directed by Andrew Gurland and Huck Botko, comes off as a shamelessly amateurish, but celebratory to what the title means, centering on Matt Bennett's Matt, a nerdy 16-year-old looking to finally get laid.
The Webcam stuff has some audiences in a lather in the aforementioned Jason Biggs/Shannon Elizabeth film - now the style of filming and posting - with queasy results for some onlookers - distinguishes this crass cinema of misfit high schoolers.
The filmmakers find refuge in ad-libbing with the presumably untrained actors on view perhaps too infantile, scatological and coarse producing something double-edged. Matt is dealing with a cancer-stricken mom and his dad a narcissistic alcoholic, but Bennett can't do much, emotionally, with the character.
You see, in this mindset of the 16-year-old virgin, Matt schleps his way with the help of video maker "brother" Zack (an obnoxious Zack Pearlman) to record the experience of finally doing "it" with girlfriend Nicole (Nicole Weaver). Matt is unable to do the deed to get back at Nicole when word spread about having a college guy (Harry Zittel).
Plenty of pedestrian dialogue fills the slate as Zack and his chums work hard by showcasing breakups and getting the older Becca (Savannah Welch) to have an evening with the meek, if desirous Matt. Yet, their experience has ramifications thanks to the on-line nature of it.
The Virginity Hit, in its raw original way of treating those who are drawn to this instantaneous media, doesn't really succeed in painting a wild picture with immediacy even with zany producers like Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Maybe a little more old school with less improvising and care to the process and backstory would have been more of a convincing and bearable mockumentary probably judged pretty good for what it is by too many.

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