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Wild Cherry (Blu-ray Review)

28 May, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Prebook 5/31/11; Street 6/28/11
$27.97 DVD, $29.97 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for crude and sexual content, language and some alcohol use - all involving teens.
Stars Rumer Willis, Tania Raymonde, Kristin Cavallari, Rob Schneider.

Coming of age among hormone-addled teens has been grist to myriad comedies throughout the years, including the “American Pie” and “Porky’s” franchises.

In Wild Cherry, director Dana Lustig opts for a twist on the requisite “horny-adolescent-boys-looking-to-get-laid” premise by focusing on three female high-school seniors who set out to make a documentary detailing their peers’ first sexual encounters.

While it’s doubtful such a senior project would ever get greenlighted in an era of zero tolerance shown by school officials toward breast cancer awareness wristbands (“I Heart Boobies”), teen filmmaker Katlyn (Rumer Willis, Bruce and Demi Moore’s first born), with classmates Helen (Tania Raymonde) and Doren (Kristin Cavallari), is determined to document the collective angst.

Along the way, the trio discovers the existence of a generational “bang book,” whereby football team studs — as legend goes — must deflower all female seniors in order to ensure a winning season. Apparently, the first performance-enhancing drug, if you will.

To our heroines the book explains recent advances by several football players. It also triggers their payback in the form of numerous (only slightly amusing) pranks, which include Viagra and frozen semen, among other items of interest.

Of course, despite the sexual tension, actual emotional feelings (and liberation) develop among all parties involved. In addition, an unintended reality emerges throughout the charades that as much as the boys claim to want sex, the girls actually want it more.

Nobody is more aware of this than Helen’s single dad (played straight by Rob Schneider), who attempts to educate his horrified daughter on the prerequisites of safe sex. Now, that’s funny.

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