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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted October 7, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

There are certain movies that you would like to flush from your mind as quickly as possible. "American Virgin" is one of those movies, at least for me. "American Beauty" and "American Pie" star Mena Suvari stars in this film, renamed "American" (instead of "Live") as it comes to video to take advantage of the star's popularity in the other "American" films.

Suvari stars as Katrina, daughter of an adult film producer whose competition has come up with an interactive sex machine. Katrina wants her "first" experience to be broadcast over the web as some sort of interactive experience. Robert Loggia and Bob Hoskins, two otherwise good actors, spend the film's running time yelling threats at one another, and their words are weakly written and their actions are tiring to watch. The film tries to be either a satire or parody, but it really says nothing about our culture except that many of the characters here act in a way that make most Jerry Springer participants look bright by comparison. The humor is terrible, and the actors stuggle to make sense of the poor dialogue.

Suvari is a charming, enjoyable actress who has done great work in both of the other "American" films; here, she is underused and her character is underwritten. We're left watching the events of the fighting between the Loggia/Hoskins characters, which gets very boring very quickly. This is Suvari's first role, and it's one she's better off forgetting about. "American Virgin" is also a film audiences are better off skipping.


The DVD

VIDEO: The film's non-anamorphic transfer is acceptable; letterboxed at about 1.85:1, sharpness and detail are passable, and clarity is never lacking. There are only a few instances where some minor pixelation comes up and there are some flaws on the print in the form of marks and some slight scratches. Colors are bright and poppy, looking fine with no problems. If you choose to watch this irritating film, the presentation visually isn't bad.

SOUND: The film's soundtrack is in Dolby Digital 5.1 and is a very basic presentation, keeping the majority of the sound in front, with a mix of music and dialogue. Dialogue is clear and easily understood (unfortunately.) Best watched with the sound turned off.

MENUS:: Menus are nicely animated with pictures of Suvari.

EXTRAS: Commentary from director Jean Pierre Marois, trailer.

Final Thoughts: Skip it. It's not funny, and the performances can't do anything with the horrible material.

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