January 6, 2013
Last American Virgin
Lawrence Monoson and Diane Franklin
A couple of years ago, Bill Simmons ("The Sports Guy") of
espn.com published a list of the 20 most underrated movies of all time.
And, well, needless to say, since I am a huge movie list
had to check it out.
of the movies that he named on his list were obvious ones. I
don't want to name them all here, of course, since I will be writing
about a lot of them later. But there was one movie at the top
his list that I had never heard of before. And that surprised
Because here I was thinking that I had seen just about every
random obscure movie that had ever been made between 1970-2000.
mean, please, I could recite you half the dialogue from a 1980 movie
called Super Fuzz.
But the one that Simmons named the
single most underrated movie of all time, The Last American Virgin,
well that one was new to me. I had never heard of it before.
So I immediately had to go onto the internet to see if I
track down a copy of it.
The Last American Virgin
For those of you who have never seen it before, and I am guessing that
is at least 95% of the people who are reading this, The Last American
Virgin is an early 80's teen sex comedy. Well
is, and it isn't. I mean, it STARTS as a teen sex comedy.
And as teen sex comedies go, it is pretty ordinary.
first half of The Last American Virgin is nothing special. It
basically just the story of three guys who are trying to get laid.
It isn't anything you haven't already seen in American Pie or
Sixteen Candles or Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
Three ordinary guys, out hunting for beaver
Ah, but then the movie starts to turn.
About halfway through the movie, it switches from being
a teen sex comedy into being a love story. Because that is
girl named Karen shows up. And our hero (Lawrence Monoson)
immediately falls in love with her.
Karen is played by the beautiful miss Diane Franklin, who you might
not know if you didn't grow up in the 80's. But suffice it to
she was one of the more beloved teen actresses of the era.
only did a couple of movies (much like Kerri Green of the Goonies),
thousands of teen boys of the era were entranced by her and completely
fell in love with her, and then she just sort of retired from Hollywood
and disappeared. But the Last American Virgin is the movie
people will always remember her for.
Oh yes. Trust me. This is the movie they will
always remember her for.
Diane Franklin. Destroyer of worlds.
Now I don't want give too much of the storyline of this movie
away. Because the magic of The Last American Virgin is that
have to go into it not knowing anything about it. But let's
say that it does NOT go where you are expecting it to go. You
think it is a stupid little teen sex comedy, and then it switches into
being a heartwarming and sincere little love story, and then... BAM.
You get completely blindsided by where the movie was really
headed all along. And it will rock your little world.
can't tell you how many people I have recommended this movie to over
the years. And I can't tell you how many people have watched
and told me afterwards that:
A) They can't believe they had never heard of The Last American Virgin
B) Wow, they can't believe there was a teen movie that was that brutal
and was that dark
They hate my guts because I recommended this movie to them, and now
their life is ruined because they will never get it out of their head
True love will never die
In short, if you want to watch a memorable little teen
movie that you have probably never heard of before, watch The Last
American Virgin. It came out the exact same week that Fast
at Ridgemont High came out in 1982, yet guess which one people remember
today and which one has been forgotten by time? Here is a
Last American Virgin wasn't even available on DVD until about
Last American Virgin isn't the best movie you will
ever see in your life, and I am warning you, the first half of it is
nothing special. You have seen it before. But once that
half begins, look out. Hold on to your seat.
This is the type of movie that you will never ever ever.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention this. The Last
also has one of the best movie soundtracks of all time. Fast
Times at Ridgemont High always gets credit for having an amazing early
80's soundtrack, but in my opinion the one from Last American Virgin is
even better. Just don't think you will ever be able to listen
"Just Once" by James Ingram quite the same way again.
Also, after 25 years, Diane Franklin recently emerged from
dead and decided to jump back into the spotlight again. I
idea where she was all those years, but she just published her
autobiography and it is now
available on Amazon. I haven't read it myself, but
I have heard it is pretty good.
favorite IMDB user reviews about The Last American Virgin
Speechless - 25 April 2006
I was in 10th grade me and my buddy were up late at his house and were
flipping around cable and started watching this movie. We watched it
because it looked kind of funny and because it had boobs. But then the
ending came and we just sat there completely speechless. I think after
a minute of watching the credits roll he just sort of whimpered "Oh
dude....." It goes from dumb 80's teen sex comedy to nihilistic realism
so quickly that it catches you off guard. I have been trying to rent
this movie for years and have not been able to find it - and nobody has
ever seen it except for me and my friend - so it seems. But now it is
available! I highly suggest renting it and brace yourself.
For what it is, it's
exceptional - 12 January 2004
I saw this in a theatre back in 1982. I expected a stupid T&A
movie. That's not what I got.
basically about three teenage boys trying to have sex. We get the
expected sex jokes and scenes--but, for once, they're actually pretty
Yeah, they're stupid but I enjoyed them anyways. Also, there was a
surprising amount of male nudity.
the movie, about halfway through, takes a sudden dramatic turn as one
of the boys (winningly played by Lawrence Monoson) falls in love with a
girl. Then the jokes stop and things get very dark. I'm not going to
give away what happens but I was very surprised at the sudden turn in
events. The movie brings up some very important subjects and treats
them realistically and with intelligence. And it has a real
I'm giving this a 10 because this is
probably one of the best teen sex comedy/dramas ever made. It mixes
fantasy and realism together and works! What more can you ask for? Also
it has a GREAT soundtrack.
Underrated - Great -
Totally Realistic - Would Never Be Made Today - 28 November 2009
would have guessed that a teenage sex comedy could be so deep? In
today's movie environment, where the good guys always win in the end,
this movie wouldn't make it out of the cutting room . As other
reviewers have stated the first hour of the movie starts out as your
typical teenage sex comedy of the 1980's. About an hour into the movie
it's like someone flipped a switch. It was like, now I got you, here is
a lesson in real life kids.
I remember seeing this movie for the
first time, and I was totally floored by the ending. The real lesson of
this movie is that Love is a mysterious thing. You can't force love on
the person of your dreams, sexual attraction is always a mystery.
Several people have commented that you should watch this movie as a
teenager or with your teenage kids. I don't know if I agree with that.
How do you handle the discussion with your kid if they ask "Was
Mommy/Daddy the person of your dreams?" Many times the answer would be
I'm amazed that this movie got made in 1982. I suspect
that the director pitched it as a teen sex comedy, and the studio said,
sure go ahead and make it. Did he then slip the second half in under
the studio's nose? If you want to see a brutally honest movie about the
teenage human condition, without the sappy clichéd endings that most
modern movies have today, rent this relatively unknown gem. Just expect
to be a little uncomfortable two hours later.
roller-coaster - 28 November 2007
movie starts off fun but quickly turns to more serious pressing issues.
This is the only movie which literally made me get up and yell "You
Bitch!" out loud. You can feel every bit of emotion the main character
is feeling as the credits start to roll. It is a film that you can't
help but think about, even days after first seeing it. To this day,
when ever I hear "Just Once" from James Ingram, I get angry. It is
genuinely a film which emotionally sucks you in and takes you for a
spin. You'll know exactly what I mean when you see it. Overall a very
good, highly emotionally packed film which I highly recommend. One that
every teenage boy should view.
I can't forget this movie
- 12 July 2005
give this movie an 8 out of 10 only because of the juvenile antics in
the beginning even though there are juveniles doing them. Some are a
little over the top silly but most in good taste. When the new girl
comes to town a lot of that stuff slows down and then you start seeing
the more serious side of the characters in the movie. The movie moves
along very well when the new girl becomes friends with the dorky guy
that would do anything for her and helps her get out of certain
"situations" because he wants to be with her so much. He pours out all
he can to show his feelings but get the ultimate wake up call at the
end. You will either cry or have no feelings whatsoever for one of the
characters anymore after feeling sorry for them most of the movie. I
won't tell what happens cause you have to see it to believe it. No
other movie has ever done it to this degree before and that's why it
sticks with me. And the song that plays along with the scene, oh my
goodness. You must see this movie.
The Anger - 11 April 2008
remember the first time I saw "LAV" on cable in the eighties, I was so
angry at the end that I was breaking up tile on the floor with a
hammer. Needless to say, my parents were not pleased. Nonetheless, that
movie has really stuck with me over the years.
favorite scene in The Last American Virgin:
The ending. Um, let's just say you'll know it when you see it.
at the IMDB
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