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March 09, 2009: "1982" 
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Post Re: March 09, 2009: "1982"
The original Isreali version of 'Last American Virgin', 'Eskimo Limon' (or, 'Lemon Popsicle'), isn't a bad choice, either, although it is exponentially harder to find. It has a much more consistent tone than it's American counterpart.


Sat Mar 14, 2009 5:17 pm
Post Re: March 09, 2009: "1982"
Predictably, not available on Netflix. It's available on Amazon, with one of the DVDs being just over $25.00. Looks like someone should buy it, as the others are ridiculously expensive. I might buy it if no one else does. Lol too bad it lost the Golden Globe to Autumn Sonata. Damn that Bergman!


Sun Mar 15, 2009 1:31 am
Post Re: March 09, 2009: "1982"
James Berardinelli wrote:
edhorch wrote:
The Last American Virgin still holds my top spot for the worst ending ever. Like many people I saw it for the first time on HBO, and I still remember swearing at the television screen as the credits were rolling.


That's because the ending defies conventions. There are a lot of things I don't like about the movie (in particular, the acting, which is pretty uniformly awful), but (without getting specific) I appreciated the fact that the director had the guts to end the film the way it would likely play out in real life. More to come in the review...


True, but I still think it was unnecessarily cruel.


Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:08 am
Post Re: March 09, 2009: "1982"
Alright, let's bring on 1983. I can't wait for this one!


Thu Mar 26, 2009 3:11 pm
Post Re: March 09, 2009: "1982"
edhorch wrote:
James Berardinelli wrote:
edhorch wrote:
The Last American Virgin still holds my top spot for the worst ending ever. Like many people I saw it for the first time on HBO, and I still remember swearing at the television screen as the credits were rolling.


That's because the ending defies conventions. There are a lot of things I don't like about the movie (in particular, the acting, which is pretty uniformly awful), but (without getting specific) I appreciated the fact that the director had the guts to end the film the way it would likely play out in real life. More to come in the review...


True, but I still think it was unnecessarily cruel.


Cruel, I don't know. Definitely an unhappy ending, but a realistic one, as people have said.

Not sure if it was necessarily the director's intent, but the ending has made the movie stand out. Think of it this way, if it had a conventional "happy" ending, we would more than likely not be talking about it now.


Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:44 pm
Post Re: March 09, 2009: "1982"
Culled from IMDB. Just thought it was interesting regarding Last American Virgin...

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The first hour is played mostly for laughs as the boys get into scrapes trying to score with the women. A few of the scenes are amusing. They elicit chuckles but no serious laughter. One particular scene where the boys visit an extremely horny woman only to be interrupted by her boyfriend is fun. An earlier scene where the main character's parents arrive home early from a trip is amusing if not overly original.

But then something happens. At about the hour mark the tone of the film changes. An event occurs out of left field that brings our main character and the girl of his dreams together. From then on they share experiences that are very real and anyone could identify with whether they have ever been in the situation or not. Suddenly the attempt at madcap humor is replaced by real events and real emotions and "The Last American Virgin" turns into a very special movie.

Towards the end our main character finally professes his love to the girl in what may be the best scene ever done in this type of movie. It's strong, emotional, and so well acted that everyone out there knows exactly what the characters feel simply by the looks on their faces. It's truly a great scene.

Now let's talk about the ending without giving anything away. In a word it's brilliant. It makes perfect sense. It is totally real. Again it is a scene that anyone that watches it can identify with. When the credits rolled I was stunned. How the director had the guts to end it as he did is a testament to not playing down on his audience. It probably ends the only way it could. Some people will love it and others may hate it. But it's true to life.

I noticed that I used the word 'real' a lot in describing the last half. That's the only way I know how to describe it. The characters come to life in the second half. I am sure many people can identify with these people during the hijinks filled first half as well. But it's that second half when the director really nails his characters. We end up truly caring about some of them and despising others and hoping for a lot of things to happen. But we have feelings for them all. Credit to the writer (also the director). If only he had made a stronger first half with less comedy and more dealings with real life issues and this film would have been a classic.

I haven't yet mentioned the soundtrack. As one might expect it is filled with late 70's and early 80's hits. Journey's "Open Arms" is played to great effect in the scene when the main character finally spills his guts to the woman of his dreams.

I have never seen this film played on cable nor do I recall it being on DVD. I hope the studio has a change of heart one of these days and brings it back into circulation. I think every teenager should see this film. They'll no doubt be highly amused by the silliness of the first half (though the nudity might turn off concerned parents), but then they will experience learned lessons in the second half that, if they have yet to go through, most likely will in one form or another.

So the final verdict is a terrific final 40 minutes is buried in an average at best teen sex film of the first 60 minutes. Oh how I wish the opening had been as wonderful as the closing. There would be no need to hope for this film to be found. It would be as known as "Say Anything" is.


Sat May 09, 2009 7:25 am
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