Time: 95 mins.
Genre: Teen Camp Comedy
I know what you're thinking. Not another teen camp comedy about losing one's virginity. The twist in LITTLE DARLINGS is that it's the ladies trying to win the bet. It makes for quite a different experience at the cineplex. There's no nudity and very little raunchiness, which makes for a refreshing change in the coming-of-age genre. However, the film also carries a very different tone and even has a message about rushing into sexual intercourse that you will never see in a film starring boys. This is, of course, as it should be because sex is different for men and women. We do look at it from completely opposite points of view. I would argue that men enjoy it more. I think both sexes have equal drives, but women do put more emotional weight on sexual encounters mainly because it has more consequences for us. LITTLE DARLINGS is by no means a serious film, but it does make a point to show, pretty honestly in my opinion, the emotional impact of one's first time. This experience colors your entire sexual future and it's a shame most people do it just to get it out of the way, long before they're ready. A hard lesson learned by one of our DARLINGS.
Except for the sweetness and honesty of certain portions of the script, there is really nothing to distinguish this movie from every other teen comedy. McNichol and O'Neal play the new girls to the camp, one from the wrong side of the tracks, the other incredibly wealthy. They take an immediate dislike to each other surprise, surprise and are pitted against each other in the battle to see who can lost their virginity first. Neither of them are to keen on the whole contest, but can find no way out if they want to fit in. Angel (McNichol) is a tough girl, more in touch with her masculine side, out to prove more to herself than anyone that boys find her attractive. In fact, she generally finds them pretty boring and obnoxious. Ferris (O'Neal), who's dealing with her parents' impending breakup, has a more open attitude towards men, but doesn't know the first thing about sex or relationships. Most of her knowledge comes from romance novels. As the summer progresses, the camp begins to take sides and the pressure is on for each of them to pick a target.