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Restless Virgins

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Shallow drama about a real-life school sex scandal.

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Watching a movie about a teen sex scandal is going to feel seamy, no matter how you slice it. But at least Restless Virgins plays down its more salacious aspects; all we see of the sex act is a girl lightly kissing a boy as the rest crowd around her. And in Restless Virgins' world, teens get into hot tubs in their underwear and kissing stands in for orgies. Nonetheless, there are lots of scenes that parents will be uncomfortable with teens watching, such as times when young characters talk enthusiastically about getting drunk, and when young men talk about young women as if they were so much toilet paper to be used and flushed away.

Lead Vanessa Marano is charming to watch and transcends awful dialogue like "What the eff, Anya? I want to have some memories outside of the damn library!" But the love story tacked on to the sex scandal story is clunky and awkward; the tale would have been better told as a straight-up salacious scandal. Nonetheless, the film is a mildly enjoyable distraction, albeit one parents might prefer to watch alone than with their teens.

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