If you want to feel sexually self-conscious or inadequate just talk with your friends about the topic – or better yet, get judged by someone whose opinion you didn’t even ask for in the first place. The premise of Zane Rubin’s The Last Virgin in LA is as simple as it is coyly absurd with just the right amount of randomness: Two women talk openly about their sex lives until the attention shifts to their other friend Millie (played by writer/director Rubin), who admits that she never had intercourse. This admission turns out to be much more than just a revelation between friends, as in the universe of The Last Virgin in LA this can literally be life-threatening. Because by now child actors and reality TV stars have hunted down every other virgin in L.A., and so Millie’s promiscuity accounts for the film’s intriguing title. In order to stay alive, she has to have sex as immediately as possible – can she do it in time and survive her impending fate?
With the focus on one single location and only a handful of characters, The Last Virgin in LA feels like a short that could easily be ripped off by inspire a similar sketch for SNL. What’s most fun about the film is the unique, dry comedic tone that anchors it’s characters, their conversations and relationship in real life. Touching upon some honest moments around the topic of sex, before taking the whole thing a notch further and thus making everything joyfully weird. The discomfort that might be created when you talk about sexual issues with your friends is taken to exaggerated heights and still tries to put us in Millie’s shoes.
With winning performances through the bank and a straightforward yet beautifully shot visual execution, The Last Virgin in LA should work as a strong calling card for Zane Rubin’s comedic talent as a writer, director and performer.