Since we’ve been sheltering in place for the last two weeks or so, I felt like a lighthearted plague movie might be in order. And fortunately for me, Virgin Territory (2008) was available streaming on Tubi for free. We’ve seen stills from this film throughout the years, some even cropping up in various Snark Week memes, but I’ve never actually bothered to watch the film. All I really knew going in was that it was somehow or another very loosely based on Boccaccio’s Decameron, and the costumes looked wacky.
So, now that I’ve watched it, I can say the following:
1) It bears only the barest passing resemblance to Decameron, insofar as a bunch of young Florentines escape to the countryside during the plague, but that’s about where the similarities end. It’s more in keeping with Porky’s than anything else. And that’s not exactly a bad thing … Except for the part with the cow … That was definitely a bad thing.
Anyway. What I’m saying is just don’t go into the film thinking you’re going to get high art.
2) The costumes are indeed wacky, but the ones worn by the main female characters are actually quite beautiful. The costumes were designed by Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, and so you’re only going to get a passing nod to the 15th century, in the same way the plot is basically a passing nod to Boccaccio. This black number, honestly, is straight up gorgeous.
Overall, though, it’s watching a bunch of pretty people hump while wearing questionably period clothes in a gorgeous Tuscan location. If you’re expecting anything better than that, you probably shouldn’t watch this movie.
I don’t want to shit on the film that much, because honestly, it’s not intended to be anything more than fantasy. It had it’s pleasing moments, but I doubt I would watch it again.
Did you see Virgin Territory? Tell us what you thought in the comments!