Directed by Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland
The real win for “The Virginity Hit” is the creation of a comedy hyper-reality that’s as relatable as it is funny. There’s almost a science fiction quality to the level of media saturation until you realize that it’s shockingly close to the world we live in. Our protagonists are never really depicted as something unusual, attempting to capture Matt’s deflowering on film. In fact, they even have a “Man Bites Dog” style run-in with another individual in the midst of their own “film everything” tear.
Beyond the technology, though, we’re very much in the realm of the gross-out farce where “Animal House” parties are the norm and the world is littered with “Napoleon Dynamite” caricatures of middle Americans. Instead of laughing at this world, though, we’re really laughing with it, hitting a deeper drama than most lowbrow (a term I don’t use disparagingly) fare. For what, in other hands, would simply be a string of sketches designed to shock, the creation of a world like familiar is a mighty impressive feat.
Pretty much all-around, the cast clicks, creating a realistic group of friends with some genuine chemistry and the impressively loose delivery of a bunch of young unknowns really sells the story. Whether that credit belongs more to skilled improv or smart cutting doesn’t really matter: these characters are the people you went to high school with and it’s not hard at all to become instantly fond of them onscreen.
Sure, “The Virginity Hit” has its missteps, mostly with an ending that doesn’t quite land the drama it seems to be going for. Still, that’s something that most films of its genre wouldn’t even attempt and it’s honestly hard to be down on a film so devoid of cynicism. In a world with a rapidly-increasing number of “mockumentaries,” “The Virginity Hit” may not be groundbreaking, but it knows what it wants to deliver and it delivers it well.
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