Using American pics like “Coyote Ugly” as inspiration, Indonesian mainstream meller “Virgin” is a try-too-hard taboo-breaker that becomes merely trying. Initial come-on is promising, but the script copes with a lack of momentum by ramping up soap-opera hysteria. Pic was released locally last year to mixed reviews but solid B.O. Youth-oriented fests may take a look, as younger teens everywhere will relate.
Three Jakarta high school girls with sex on their mind encounter dilemmas from pregnancy to prostitution. Central protag, the sensible Biyani (Laudya Cynthia Bella), runs away from her dysfunctional home to find refuge with a non-interfering Islamic uncle. In this safe space, a frequently tear-stricken Biyani writes about the predicaments of her friends. Credible first hour gives way to a frantic tone that feels like the imaginative and fiercely virginal Biyani was writing the script as the movie goes along. Helming is uneven, but enthusiastic thesping partly compensates for the script deficiencies. Editing is energetic, other tech credits low-budget rough, and there’s a catchy pop song about the value of virgo.