Who's In It: Matt Bennett, Zack Pearlman, Jacob Davich, Justin Kline, Chrysta Rodriguez, Nicole Weaver, Savannah Welch, Sunny Leone
The Basics: Four teenagers share a special bong they only smoke when one of them loses their virginity, hence the title. So when gangly, bespectacled Matt (Matt Bennett) is the last of the gang to lose it, his YouTube-obsessed BFF Zack (Zack Pearlman) decides to document the process, from Matt's unexpected break-up with his girlfriend to his pursuit of an older woman's webcam offer to an encounter with his favorite XXX actress (Sunny Leone). Produced by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell.
What's the Deal: Ah, teenagers today. As obsessed with sex and drugs and drinking and having fun as they always were, only now there's this thing called The Internet there to document every irresponsible act and embarrassing encounter with the click of a mouse. For the YouTube generation, The Virginity Hit will no doubt resonate; Sony may not even need to market it, what with social media in place to spread the word. Thanks to its improvised spirit and handheld aesthetic, The Virginity Hit manages to pull off what successful viral videos also do: it feels real, even if in the back of your brain you know it's about as authentic as the girl who quit her job via dry-erase board. That strange subconscious awareness helps make it all okay when these kids are engaged in underage drinking, pursuing sex, doing drugs, stealing things, embarrassing their friends, pulling cruel pranks, and performing various other shenanigans without once thinking twice about putting it all online for the world to see, because it's also all very raunchy and funny.
Other Movies That The Virginity Hit Calls To Mind: Losin' It, Superbad, Borat, The Blair Witch Project, and in a strange way, The Last Exorcism, the effective-until-the-end faux documentary horror pic scripted by Virginity Hit co-directors Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland.
Ones to Watch: If Matt Bennett is The Virginity Hit's cute, nerdy straight man, Zack Pearlman is the Jonah Hill to his Michael Cera. Theirs is an odd coupling that works thanks largely to strong, lived-in performances and a bromantic chemistry that gives The Virginity Hit some of its best moments. Also selling the faux realism is the film's extended cast, from supporting players down to bit players (John McLeaish steals every second of his screen time, providing texture and laughs as an overly friendly innkeeper).
Whatever You Do, Don't Go Looking For: The very real animal-related YouTube video that is referenced briefly in the film. Some things you cannot unsee. Consider yourself duly warned.