Ok, you know that movie where there’s a teenager who knows that the only way to be a real man is to have sex, so he decides that this is the year he’s going to lose his virginity and he spends like the next 90 minutes getting into all kinds of crazy hijinks in the hopes of getting laid? You know, every teen movie ever? I call it “the Virginity Quest.” So I’m going to write a paper about that movie this semester, EXCEPT I kind of want a small twist on it. What’s the GIRL version? That’s totally the plot in every teen guy movie ever, but I want to write about how that specific story ends up changing when portrayed from a female point of view.
So give me example movies? The best one I can think of right now (and what will probably be the center of my article) is Sisterhood the Traveling Pants, but I feel like there has got to be better examples, or if not better, ones I should certainly watch and think about while I’m working on this paper. So what are they? Help me build a list.
For bonus points, I will also take the counterexamples of boy virginity quest movies (American Pie, Can’t Hardly Wait, Losing It, The Sure Thing) and the more traditional female teen narrative where the girl is looking for true love rather than just jerky boys who are interested in nothing but sex (anything by John Hughes ever). Just let me know what list it goes on.