Teen Lust (2015)

(On Cable TV, April 2017) The prototypical teen sex comedy pitch usually has to do with losing one’s virginity, and Teen Lust flips that simple premise on its head by specifying that our protagonist is a Satanist headed for sacrifice … unless he can get himself laid quickly. (There’s also something about 1000 years of global damnation as a result of the sacrifice, but that part’s easy to forget.) Simple. Effective. Almost exactly perfect for a Canadian low-budget movie that barely reaches a duration of 80 minutes. The main reason to see the film is the banter between lead Jesse Carere and his best friend as played by Daryl Sabara (who, like in many other movies in his filmography, ends up stealing most of his scenes). The laughs aren’t hilarious, but there are a few chuckles along the way, and the script does wring a few good plot developments out of its premise. (If you go into the film completely cold, the revelation that the protagonist’s “going to church” is actually Satanism is good for a laugh, and the movie does acknowledge that there is at least one potential non-conventional solution to the whole “two friends looking to get laid” dilemma.) Teen Lust is not a great movie. It may not even be a particularly good movie. But as far as mandatory CanCon filler material on cable TV, it’s better than most and successful in how it reaches its intended objectives.

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