What’s Wrong with Virginia? on the surface at least, is a black comedy from writer/director Dustin Lance Black. It’s the story of mental illness. It’s the story of the little dark secrets that no one talks about. It’s the story of forbidden love. It’s the story of, well, the Mormon underwear. But, at the end of the day, it’s the story of a son’s unconditional love for his mother. It really is.
The movie opens with a close shot of Ed Harris’ Dick Tipton carrying Jennifer Connelly’s Virginia Nicholaus out the door to the tune of Debbie Reynolds’ “Tammy.” It appears to the viewer that this is set to be a period piece. But, then, the camera pans out and we see that this is nothing of the sort.
But, then, this sets the tone for the rest of the movie. Nothing is what we are expecting. We are not expecting Dick Tipton, the Sheriff-turned-would-be-State-Senator, to be a card-carrying married Mormon who has been praying with Virginia (not his wife) before he engages in some kinky sex with her…although never removing his magic underwear. We are not expecting a boy in missionary clothing to have conversations with NASCAR driver Ward Burton and describe – in intimate detail – the concept of the hanging earlobe. We are not expecting a pregnant woman in a floral dress and a gorilla mask to attempt – poorly – to rob a small-town bank to pay for a wedding in Atlantic city.
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