Brett Ratner Now Working on a Remake of 'The Last American Virgin'
by Ethan Anderton
November 9, 2011
Though last night we learned that the Rush Hour and Red Dragon director would no longer be producing the 84th annual Academy Awards show with host Eddie Murphy after some disparaging remarks put him in a bit of a tight spot in the public eye, it doesn't sound like Brett Ratner will be bored at home (unless he actually watches the Oscars). In his interview with The Howard Stern Show (via The Playlist), the same one where he talked about banging Olivia Munn, Ratner revealed that he's currently working on remaking the 1982 sexy comedy The Last American Virgin, which is actually a remake of an Israeli film. More below!
Though the film was overshadowed by another popular teen romp in the form of Fast Times at Ridgmont High, Erik Davis at Movies.com says, "If you want to know what it was like to be a teenager in the early 1980s, The Last American Virgin will show you, and then destroy you." The Last American Virgin features "high-school high jinks with the real anguish of unrequited love, as a nice kid named Gary (Lawrence Monoson) falls for Karen (Diane Franklin), a cute classmate who won't return his affections Both films dealt with relevant teen issues, but The Playlist points out a soundtrack that might rival that of Fast Times with such revered music coming from The Police, The Cars, REO Speedwagon, Blondie, U2 and much more.
However, Ratner's obsession is with that of Franklin, as he crudely points out, "The girl in that was so beautiful, curly hair, gorgeous eyes, I was twelve years old [and] I think I jerked off to her at least two hundred times." Thanks for that great image, Brett. The film may not be as loved as Fast Times, but there are plenty who hold it dear, so let's hope that Ratner doesn't turn it into one of his terrible comedies. If anything, maybe his "personal passion" for the original will allow him to really tap into the teenage mind and deliver a generation-defining comedy for our current sexually frustrated teens.