Little Darlings (1980)

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Little Darlings (1980) flips the genders on the typical teen sex comedy, as Tatum O'Neal and Kristy McNichol head to summer camp and a wager is made over who can lose their virginity first. O'Neal pursues a handsome camp counselor played by Armand Assante, and McNichol has her eyes on a young Matt Dillon at a neighboring boys summer camp. The film has more maturity than raunchier sex comedies led by boys, and Kristy McNichol steals the show with an emotionally honest performance. It's a delightful coming-of-age summer camp movie about losing your virginity with a cool soundtrack as well!

Little Darlings is a 1980 American teen comedy-drama film starring Tatum O'Neal and Kristy McNichol and featuring Armand Assante and Matt Dillon. It was directed by Ronald F. Maxwell. The screenplay was written by Kimi Peck and Dalene Young and the original music score was composed by Charles Fox. The film was marketed with the tagline "Don't let the title fool you", a reference to a scene in which Randy comments on Angel's name, to which Angel replies, "Don't let the name fool you."

Critic Roger Ebert said of the film that it "somehow does succeed in treating the awesome and scary subject of sexual initiation with some of the dignity it deserves."