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Ah,... what can be said?? 1st off.. do NOT try to take this seriously.
Bad acting.. check Shitty plot? check Predicable BS? Mode definitely CHECK! However thinking of this as a moronic parody of a moronic film.. well u can't help but laugh it's soooooooooooooooooooo bad.
Nice cute girls.. nice tits and a few other bits.. nothing porn like.
However ultimately it's a bad parody... and you are better off watching Piranha 3DD since it's infinitely better and just as funny if not funnier.
btw fyi.. if you have under 2 hrs to totally waste and like cute semi naked girls.. well...........
This is the first film I have knowingly ever seen from everybody's
favourite exploitation/mockbuster studio out of Los Angeles, The
Asylum. These people can do more with $200,000 than others who get
$50,000,000 can do.
This is another homage to the 1980's teen sex comedy craze that was ushered in by Bob Clark's Porky's back in 1981. Three teenage girls who just happened to be born on the same day and seemingly were all from families of privilege since they live in a huge mansion with no other people like a butler or maid, decide that they will all lose their virginity on their 18th birthday.
Lexi (Lisa Younger) is a slutty girl who certainly doesn't act chaste for a virgin. She is looking for somebody named J.J. who "felt her up" several days earlier. Cheryl (Jeneta St. Clair), the most level-headed of the three, already plans to "do it" with her greasy boyfriend Jake (Morgan Benoit). Sue (Melissa Johnston), a very devout Roman Catholic, doesn't want to go through with this and has apparently never "pleasured herself".
So while these three attempt to follow through, the people they invited to their party are certainly not shy when it comes to underage drinking, public sex, pot smoking and rabble rousing. It's droll to see Lexi, Sue and Cheryl oblivious to the 100 other people they invited having a good time.
As expected, the acting is atrociously bad, save for Myko Olivier's Eric, who plays the reserved, shy and uncomfortable Eric that is a major part of Cheryl's story arc. However, there's something to be said about seeing a movie in 2011 filled with college kids who aren't worrying about a bad economy making it tough to find work after graduation. You're just seeing a good representation of what goes on at a college keg party.
If there'e ever a snowstorm or a slow night ahead, this actually wouldn't be too bad to screen. It's just as good as any overblown Hollywood production.
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Although this film isn't very funny it is sexy. The characters are half decently developed and there somewhat likable. Barely legal isn't as vulgar or gratuitous as other The asylum releases like Milf. It isn't really a spoiler to tell you that all the lead actresses get naked. The highlight of the movie for me is seeing the religious chick (melissa johnston completely naked, she has an amazing body. The movie tells the story of three 17 year old virgins who are about to turn 18 and want to lose their virginity on their birthday. Somehow where supposed believe that all three girls have the same birthday. All the stereotypes are present, the the straight laced girl the innocent girl and the promiscuous. one. The girls throw a party and try to get laid but somehow can't. The innocent girl doesn't even try to have sex, she finds endless way to masturbate. In the end they decide their not ready for sex and decide to take things slow. One can't notice the films plot to another the asylum release The 18 year old virgin, which was written by the same woman. Barely legal is not a great movie, but its better than other asylum releases like the god awful Sex pot.
None of the Asylum teen sex comedies are particularly good, so saying that Barely Legal is the best of them is probably not saying very much. It never does reach the atrociousness of Sex Pot and Celebrity Sex Tape and Milf and 18 Year Old Virgin weren't much better either. Barely Legal does at least have Myko Olivier, who does bring likability to the only really relateable character in the movie. It does have a decent soundtrack and is thankfully not as vulgar or intelligence-insulting as the other Asylum teen sex comedies. Nothing stands out visually though, the movie can have an over-saturated look to it and the camera work was flat-looking. I was not expecting the dialogue to be any good, it was one of the worst things about all of Asylum's teen sex comedies and has never been a strong point with The Asylum either. That doesn't excuse it being so banal, unpleasantly smutty and embarrassingly cheesy all the time, the way it's delivered too it sounds improvised and any lines so any lines meant to be funny or memorable just didn't have the impact. The comedy literally doesn't exist, and some of the attempted sexiness is enough to make anybody cringe. The story was a disaster to the extent that there was hardly any at all. What there is of it is incredibly predictable, but even worse is it feels too much of an excuse to string along lots of sights of tits, nudity and such. Everything just felt shallow and half-hearted. The characters are also swamped, with the sole exception of Eric Barely Legal is the kind of movie that doesn't let you root for them, and nothing whatsoever is done to develop it. They're just there as stereotypical ciphers. And the acting is atrocious really, the girls are hot but their acting talents certainly are not and there didn't seem to be a lot of real chemistry between them. In conclusion, not a good movie at all but compared to all the other Asylum teen sex comedies seen it definitely could have been worse. 3/10 Bethany Cox
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OK, let's be real here. It's a teenage sex comedy. We all know what to
expect. So the criteria are not how it provides insight into the human
condition, they are whether it is funny. The sad truth is that most
teenage sex comedies suck as far as laughs go. The exceptional ones ---
your American Pie or Superbad --- keep you laughing pretty much
nonstop, but 90% of the movies in this category consist of not just a
formulaic plot but also not a single laugh.
So how does this compare? Well in the hope that the screenwriter one day reads these reviews, let me give my analysis. Naomi Selfman has written a few movies in this vein, but the two best (IMHO) are this and the 18 Year Old Virgin. The good thing about both of these movies is that they are strongly written from the female point of view, which is not just empowering, blah blah, it also provides for a whole new line of jokes. ON THE OTHER HAND both these movies suffer in the script, primarily I suspect from lack of time. Once the script seemed finished, it should have been put aside for three months or so, then revised. And perhaps had a collaborator brought on board.
In both cases the overall premise for the movie is good. It is presented, and grabs our attention right away, the pacing throughout the movie is good, and little time is wasted on nonsense. The problem is with the jokes themselves. These come in a few different forms
- sometimes a good joke lives off tension. The audience can see what is going to happen, but it doesn't quite happen, then it doesn't quite happen, then it almost but doesn't quite happen, and then, just when you've given up, it happens. - other times a good joke happens out of left field, totally not what and when you expected
Both of these are missing in the scripts. The jokes, while funny, are formulaic --- we see the setup, and there's no variation or surprise in the pacing.
- a third problem (and this really seems a problem with rushed scripts) is the setup that goes nowhere. For example the on-going water balloons in this movie. They seemed like there was supposed to be a setup there --- but there was never a payoff. If a payoff couldn't be figured out, the setup should have been stripped out the movie.
- the final problem is that the absolute best moments in comedy come from the serial gag that builds up in ever more ludicrous ways. We see the first joke and laugh, then somewhat later we see an extension to it and laugh, then even later we see a truly over the top version of it and laugh till our guts ache. There was none of that sort of ongoing serial gag in this. For example the setup of Sue with the washing machine was a good start. But that should have continued to the vacuum cleaner not being the mild gag that it was but more something like she starts to clean (in front of everyone else) realizes what's happening, and even so loses control in front of them while they all stare. Then even later we see something unexpected like she's walking along the street with her grandmother, a pneumatic drill starts pounding up the street, and they both go flush and start twitching and trying to control themselves, while the grandmother says "I guess you really are one of us" or something.
I do hope Naomi Selfman gets a chance to write more of these comedies from the female point of view, but I ALSO hope that she has a chance to spend more time on the future scripts so that they move from around "better than average" to "OMG I could not stop laughing". We'll see.
Cheryl, Lexi, and Sue are best friends since birth when their mothers
met at the hospital. It's their 18th birthday coming up. Cheryl plans
to lose her virginity to boyfriend Jake. Sue is religious and shocked
at Cheryl's plan. Lexi is sexually promiscuous and does everything
except losing her virginity. After a misunderstanding in confession at
church, Sue agrees to join the other two in the virginity plan.
This is pretty low quality in almost every aspect. The acting is weak although the girls are willing to show some skin. The writing tries to be funny. It has some outrageous moments that are almost funny. The production is really low budget. They seem to have rented a house and made the movie all in that place. This is a low-budget indie version of a sex romp. It's on par with one of those other alternate American Pie movies with less money.
I would like to begin by apologizing about using word to describe such
a well-crafted cinematic masterpiece. I have nothing else at my
disposal and words will not do it justice. This is the brilliant coming
of age story of three young women who happen to all share the same
birthday. The actresses playing these women should receive not only
Oscar nods, but also the hardware. Hell, they should give them Best
Actress, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress just so Jeneta St.
Clair, Lisa Younger, and the refreshingly brilliant Melissa Johnston do
not have to share a statue. There is no way a trifecta so perfect in
acting should not be recognized as a whole. The Director, Jose
Montesinos, utilizes his cast and film crew so effectively, the viewer
does not feel as if they are watching a film, but actually
participating in the entire experience. The connectivity he is able to
bring out of all of the actors and actresses is unparalleled. There is
a young genius at work behind the camera in this film. You will feel
the emotion, pain, hunger, and desperation of every character. I mean
every character. Tanya Yiang, who plays the role of Girl, will leave
you riveted to the screen. You will despise Morgan Benoit's Jake with
vitriol normally only reserved for the most heinous of villains, such
as Game of Thrones' King Joffrey. You will feel the religious fortitude
of Kevin Yarbaugh's Priest. There is no other way around it. The
director got everything possible out of every actor who graced the
Although that is impressive on its own there is little actors can do without dialogue, and the screen writer, Naomi L. Selfman, nailed this one on every facet of good storytelling. If you are someone who loves dialogue, Ms. Selfman's word craft is a treat to behold. Forget the wittiness many critics claimed of such wordsmiths as Kevin Williamson or Diablo Cody, they are not even in a league with Naomi Selfman. She is more deserving to be whispered in the same breaths as Poe, Keats, Whitman, Dante, or even Shakespeare himself. To say that the script of the film Barely Legal was Shakespearean in quality would be an insult to the film for it has set a new standard to which I am certain books, TV shows, and movies will be referred to as Barely Legalian. It was with some distrust that I took the Netflix recommendation from the PS3 Netflix Max option, but I could not be happier that I had done so. This film was a transcendental and life-changing experience for me and I am sure many others. I am seriously considering getting the three main characters tattooed across my torso, but alas even that tribute would not be worthy of such astute filmmaking genius. If you want to have your life changed and be awakened to what truly standard filmmaking is, then check out The Asylum's Barely Legal, but be prepared for the decrepit, weak, worn-out, schlock that Hollywood normally produces to not even touch your movie viewing palate any longer. It will be like having the most astounding meal prepared for you and then trying to tell yourself McDonald's will be good the next time you go there. There is only pre-Barely Legal movie viewers and post-Barely Legal movie viewers. I am glad to call myself one of the latter and if you take the leap you will be too.
You know that you can always trust reviews from this source. As usual,
for the movie plot please read other people's reviews.
If you keep in mind what could be the budget of this movie, then I assure you it is great and go watch it despite the negative reviews. I quote BlackJack_B review which says it all: "These people can do more with $200,000 than others who get $50,000,000 can do."
From the first opening lines to the last words, a great story-telling with fine moments of surprise and irony will absorb you into the scenes like you are actually inside the movie and feel empathy with all of the actors. Acting is natural, story is great, scenes are mesmerizing, girls are gorgeous, there is topless and full frontal nudity, the girls' desperation to get laid seems real, the editing is professional, the camera is smooth, the excitement is continuous, you never have to fast forward the video. You will return and watch it many more times in the future. It is a movie to remember.
There is a climatic and deeply philosophical scene when the main actor realizes that you can truly express yourself through feelings and touch not merely through what your eyes see and this lesson comes from a blind person who makes you look at things from another perspective.
A major advantage of the movie is that there are no weapons, fights, bloodshed or violence which is very rare in the history of cinema.
I removed 1 star for not making real use of assets like the pool and the front yard (which could make a great dance and music scene) and another star for ignoring small details that could be incorporated into the movie.
Thank you for your time. Go watch it!
This movie should be shown in all film classes. Director Jose Montesinos does a phenomenal job bringing the best out of the actors. Jeneta St. Clair puts in an Oscar worthy performance by portraying the troubles that the average American teenage woman has to deal with. Naomi L. Selfman wrote a script that is unrivaled. The basic story lines used in everyday stories are completely thrown away to create something new, and something better. Ignoring the conventional way telling a story, Naomi tells writes the screenplay in a much more accurate way, and therefore it is easier for the audience to relate to the characters. The post-production of the film is possibly the best I've ever scene. It has a soundtrack that rivals the Breakfast Club, and flawless editing. The flow of the movie keeps constantly entertained. This is the best movie I have seen in years, and plan on watching it many more times in the following weeks.
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