review by Jon
Seth and Evan are two high school seniors who are about to
graduate and go their own way. Evan was accepted to a more
prestigious school than his life-long friend, but they’re
determined to make sure life goes on like normal. They’re
still going to classes, they’re still hanging out and
they’re still looking for those elusive girlfriends.
Well, tonight may be their lucky night, because Seth’s
crush is throwing a big party. All they need to do is provide
the alcohol, thanks to their nerdy tagalong friend Fogell and
his new fake ID. But of course, things don’t go as smoothly
You know what’s great about this film’s plot?
It’s not your typical teen/high school comedy where the
lead characters only have this one last chance to make something
happen. There are no pacts being made. Granted they are nearing
the end of their days at school, but you never get the impression
this is their last hurrah. It’s just an isolated day
in their lives where a whole bunch of crazy, typically madcap
stuff goes down with an atypical presentation and feel. The
other great thing about it is that since the plot is so thin
(just a couple kids trying to get booze to a party to talk
to their crushes), that it leaves the door open to much more
And that door is used often and effectively. Simply put, this
movie is hilarious. So far this year, it comes in close second
Up” as the funniest film for 2007.
What makes it so good? Well, just like with the slightly better “Knocked
Up,” the people and the interactions are incredibly natural.
If you were sitting around goofing on your friend for getting
a fake ID with the name McLovin on it, this is close to what
you’d sound like. You can tell there’s improv going
on and they’re allowed to riff and bounce back and forth
and let the jokes flow rather than strictly adhering to a script.
Even if the script is amazing, the “real” delivery
truly adds that extra dimension to the humor. No matter whom
you are or what your school experience was like, you should
be able to relate to these guys on some level.
Also, the comedy comes at you from different sources. There’s
some crude humor, like the penis drawings. There are the insults
and back-and-forths between characters, but the dialogue also
can be used to build off of a specific scenario to make it
funnier. For instance, when Evan’s cell phone cuts out
while talking with his crush, he starts swearing up a storm – all
of the choicest words heard by her. I might add that I’m
very happy that scene amounted to absolutely nothing. A lesser
film could have taken that and turned it into an opportunity
for some manufactured conflict. Instead, the film dives into
some wacky adventures, but they’re never so wacky that
they completely pull you out of the experience.
I love that they’re able to create this world and bring
you instantly into it as if you’re one of their crew.
There’s a scene in the lunchroom where Seth points out
a kid we’ve never seen before, but just saying his name
a certain way and cutting to a shot of the kid at the lunch
table makes it a joke that we instantly understand without
any sort of background info on the never-seen-again character.
My biggest complaint is that they spend too much time with
the cops. It gives off too much of a “Super Troopers” vibe
at times because of it, and the film should really focus more
on the two central characters anyway. Otherwise, besides being
insanely quotable (for those that are into that kind of thing),
it’s just a refreshing, incredibly funny comedy. I dare
you not to laugh.
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