The Virgins

 
Faith-based comedy promotes abstinence, has some profanity.
  • Review Date: July 1, 2014
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 86 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This movie promotes abstinence and reliance on God's will, even as a newly married Christian couple goes through difficult and ridiculous circumstances.

Positive role models

Nick and Mary remain true to their beliefs. Characters frequently invoke God's name and are often shown praying for the answers to their most pressing problems. For viewers of faith, the fact that characters are often shown praying will be welcome.

Violence

A teen boy shoots a BB gun at a group of characters. A man dumps a bucket of urine on a rival of his late father; the rival's children pursue and dump a bucket of urine on a man who was there when it happened.

Sex

Sex is discussed frequently and openly in the movie, usually in the context of saving yourself for marriage. Out of options as to where to have sex on their wedding night, a couple sneaks into a church and tries to consummate their love under some pews. They're naked, but their removed clothing covers their private parts. A grandfather discusses foreplay with his newly married grandson.

Language

A character says, "shite," "damn," and "ass."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters raise glasses of an unknown beverage during a wedding toast. No one acts intoxicated.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Virgins is a faith-based movie about a newly married Christian couple who are trying to consummate their love on their wedding night but instead experience a comedy of errors when they're locked out of their honeymoon cabin. For a movie in which prayer and the will of God are frequently discussed, there are some moments of humor that might seem inappropriate for kids. For instance, a Scottish man (who uses profanity on occasion) gets revenge on a rival of his recently deceased father by dumping a bucket of urine in the man's lap. The kids of this rival pursue him and end up dumping a bucket of urine on the newly married man. Although sex is openly discussed within the context of God's plan, a grandfather discusses foreplay with his newly married grandson in a manner some might consider awkward, if not downright strange. Also, with nowhere else to go, the couple attempts to make love for the first time underneath the pews of an empty church. Still, the movie's take on sex should appeal to pro-abstinence viewers looking for a movie in which sexuality is presented as in line with their beliefs.

What's the story?

Nick (Blake Webb) and Mary (Sonya Davis) are a newly married Christian couple who've remained abstinent but must now consummate their love on their wedding night because Nick is being deployed to Afghanistan. When they get to their honeymoon cabin and are on the verge of making love for the very first time, a Scottish man plays bagpipes outside their door -- a prank by Nick's brother -- which results in Nick and Mary being locked out of their cabin with nowhere else to go. As they try to find somewhere -- anywhere -- to have sex, Nick and Mary must come to terms with their relationships with their families and their in-laws as they begin to question their oft-repeated mantra, "God will provide." Soon it seems increasingly likely that consummation may not be in the cards.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

In its own strange way, THE VIRGINS​ answers the question, "What if Judd Apatow and the folks who tend to be in his films were Christians who wanted to promote abstinence until marriage and the power of prayer by using the 'comedy of errors' formula?" It's difficult for a film to be a faith-based movie without being a pious faith-based movie -- hence jokes involving buckets of urine, for instance -- and although the acting, directing, and editing are much better than those of most faith-based movies out there, the bottom line is that the comedic situations aren't all that funny, and, although they're counterbalanced by scenes involving prayer, the Bible, and abstinence, it's difficult to imagine secular audiences finding much to enjoy in this movie.

On the other hand, Christian families with teens who are looking for entertainment outside the standard faith-based fare might find The Virgins' open discussions of Christian sexuality, and the goodness inherent in saving yourself for marriage, valuable -- that is, if they can look beyond the silly comedic situations, such as the newly married couple trying to have sex under the pews of a church because they have nowhere else to go. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about sex and marriage. How are the two conveyed in this movie? How do most movies present these topics?

  • Do you think someone who doesn't strongly identify as being Christian could appreciate and enjoy this movie? Why, or why not?

  • How does this movie compare to other faith-based films you've seen?

Movie details

DVD release date:July 18, 2014
Cast:Blake Webb, Sonya Davis, Conner Marx
Director:Matthew Wilson
Studio:Matthew Wilson Productions
Genre:Comedy
Run time:86 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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