The Last American Virgin

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The Last American Virgin
global being
Original film poster
Directed by Boaz Davidson
Produced by Yoram Globus
Menahem Golan
David Womark
Written by Boaz Davidson
Starring Lawrence Monoson
Joe Rubbo
Diane Franklin
Louisa Moritz
Music by Deborah Harry
Mark Allen
Cinematography Adam Greenberg
Edited by Bruria Davidson
Distributed by Cannon Film Distributors
Release dates June 26, 1982 (Japan)
July 15, 1982 (Germany)
July 30, 1982 (United States)
October 1, 1982 (Finland)
June 3, 1983 (Sweden)
March 28, 1984 (Norway)
Running time 92 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $5,829,781 (Domestic) [1]

The Last American Virgin is a 1982 American coming-of-age film, a remake of the Israeli film Eskimo Limon (1978).[2]

After the success of the original and several sequels, writer/director Boaz Davidson re-teamed with producers Golan-Globus to attempt to re-create the same success in the United States. Davidson decided to change a few key elements from the original. Eskimo Limon was a nostalgia film about kids growing up in 1950s Israel — similar to George Lucas's American Graffiti, however the remake was set in then-present-day suburban Los Angeles. The soundtrack was also updated from golden oldies to more contemporary new wave rock.

Plot[edit]

The plot closely follows the original Israeli film Eskimo Limon (Lemon Popsicle), and revolves around protagonist Gary (Lawrence Monoson), a typical high school student in early 1980s Los Angeles, and his friends Rick (Steve Antin), the slick ladies' man, and David (Joe Rubbo), the "Belushi-esque" comic relief.

Most of the plot involves their numerous attempts to have sex, which are usually successful for Rick and David, but rarely for Gary. Early in the film the three boys pick up three girls with the promise of cocaine (instead they use Sweet'n Low). They go over to Gary's house where he gets stuck with the homely and overweight Millie, a friend of the other two more attractive girls. But their party is interrupted when Gary's parents return home and pandemonium ensues.

A love triangle develops between Gary, Rick and Karen (Diane Franklin). Karen is a beautiful transfer student to their school who is a virgin that Rick is determined to deflower.

One day Gary delivers pizza to Carmela (Louisa Moritz), a sexy Latina woman whose sailor boyfriend is never home, and she tells him she wants more than just pizza. Being too afraid to follow up on it, he goes away and convinces his friends to go along with him. They drop by her home using the pretext they were nearby on a pizza delivery and decided to bring her over some extra pizzas. She lets them in, puts on music and performs a sexy dance routine, to the delight of the boys. She promptly fornicates with Rick and David, but her boyfriend Paco returns home just as Gary is about to have his turn, prompting them to flee.

Eventually, Rick gets Karen pregnant after they have sex only once, and he leaves her. Gary decides to help Karen pay for her abortion by selling most of his possessions and borrowing money from his boss. After the abortion, Gary and Karen spend the remainder of the weekend alone together in Gary's grandmother's house. Whilst nursing her back to health, Gary tells Karen that he sincerely loves her. Karen appears to reciprocate and they both share a tender kiss. Karen invites Gary to her 18th birthday party the following week. Gary scrapes up a few more dollars and buys Karen a gold locket for her birthday.

When Gary arrives at the party, his dreams of a lasting romance with Karen are shattered when he sees Karen making out with Rick. Despite what Rick had put Karen through, she apparently decided to take him back. Gary angrily leaves the party without saying a word to either of them, taking Karen's gift with him. The film ends with the end credits rolling over a close-up of tears streaming down Gary's face as he drives home alone, emotionally broken and defeated.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

The Last American Virgin
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released 1982
Recorded 1980-1982
Genre Rock
Length 37:02
Label Columbia JS 38279
Side 1
No. Title Artist Length
1. "Teen Angel Eyes"   Tommy Tutone 3:30
2. "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da"   The Police 4:07
3. "Whip It"   Devo 2:38
4. "When I Find You"   Phil Seymour 5:13
5. "Better Luck Next Time"   Oingo Boingo 3:30
Side 2
No. Title Artist Length
6. "Are You Ready for the Sex Girls?"   Gleaming Spires 4:00
7. "Since You're Gone"   The Cars 3:30
8. "I Know What Boys Like"   The Waitresses 3:14
9. "Airwaves"   The Fortune Band 3:46
10. "I Will Follow"   U2 3:34

In addition to this, the film contains a compendium of other 1980s radio hits:

Reception[edit]

The movie gained a mostly positive reception from critics.[2][3][4][5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Last American Virgin at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ a b Maslin, Janet (1983-01-15). "Movie Review - The Last American Virgin - FROLICS IN FLORIDA AND OTHER ANTICS - NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  3. ^ "Movie Review: 'The Last American Virgin' Begins with Laughs and Ends in Tears - Yahoo Voices". voices.yahoo.com. 2010-06-18. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  4. ^ "The Last American Virgin Review | Movie Reviews and News". EW.com. 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  5. ^ Murray, Noel (2003-08-19). "The Last American Virgin (DVD) | DVD | HomeVideo Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  6. ^ "The Last American Virgin : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". Dvdtalk.com. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 

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