The Virgins (2014) – By Philip Smolen

Nick (Blake Webb) and Mary (Sonya Davis) are college sweethearts who have a deep Christian faith and love for each other. All during their relationship, they’ve never been intimate because they believe in saving themselves for marriage. Finally, the blessed day comes and the couple is united in holy matrimony. Unfortunately, Nick is in the Army and he’s being deployed to Afghanistan the next morning. So the newlyweds only have a precious few hours to consummate their relationship. That shouldn’t be a problem since they have rented a beautiful log cabin. But when they get there, things start to go wrong immediately. First, Nick and Mary are locked out of the cabin because of a prank pulled off by Nick’s older brother Toad (Connor Marx), which involves a bag-pipe playing Scotsman named Liam (Phillip Keiman). Then Liam asks the group to help him deliver a “special gift” to his departed father’s old friend. This doesn’t end well, and before long the newlyweds are broke and unable to get the hotel room that they both desperately want. As the precious hours tick away, the couple wonders if they’ll ever be alone together.

“The Virgins” is a Christian-themed comedy from writer/director Matthew Wilson and it’s not what you might expect. While this is not an “American Pie” (1999) type raunchy teen flick, it is surprisingly sophisticated and entertaining. Wilson cleverly centers the film around the sexual act without resorting to gratuitous nudity or salacious dialogue. The film almost becomes a “chase” film as Nick and Mary pursue their sexual satisfaction.

The film is fun for the first hour and then bogs down for about 15 minutes as Nick and Mary realize that they have to confront other family members (specifically Toad and Mary’s father) before they can start their relationship. This coming to grips with life’s reality slows the film down considerably. Fortunately, it springs back to life for the final few minutes.

Wilson has surrounded himself with some talented performers. Both Blake Webb and Sonya Davis capture the innocence of a newly married couple perfectly. They’re ready to do it; they just can’t find a place to do it in. My favorite supporting actor has to be Andrew Tribolini as Nick’s grandfather. He’s a panic as he attempts to explain foreplay to an uncomfortable grandson. Phillip Keiman is also quite funny as the scheming Scotsman.

This film really surprised me. I was sure that it was going to be preachy and unrealistic. Instead, it’s sweet, likeable and funny, and that’s a good thing. Be forewarned going in that there is no nudity, swearing and no talk about private parts. That’s funny, because a reviewer normally warns the audience about how graphic a film is. “The Virgins” isn’t graphic, but it is amusing, and dare I say, innocent? That’s pretty amazing in this day and age.

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