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Watching this film is sheer, unadulterated agony. This is yet another
movie about young adults, showing them to be immoral, profane,
irresponsible dolts. There were a couple of these last year, Fun Size
and Project X come to mind, which were equally atrocious.
Actually, I want to rethink that. This could be the worst movie I’ve
ever had to endure.
starts out with Miles Teller and Skylar Astin, two of the more
unappealing, unattractive protagonists one could imagine, walking naked
across the school quadrangle with socks covering their genitals. It
plunges downhill from there. Miller (Teller) is a smart alec jerk, and
looks the part, although I don’t think he is supposed to be viewed as a
jerk. They are supposed to be the best friends of Jeff Chang (Justin
Chon), who is said to be a straight A student preparing for a big
interview the next morning to get into med school. These “best friends”
encourage him to spend the evening getting drunk, doing drugs, and
completely wasting himself. That’s not the way “best friends” treat one
best way to describe this story and script is to say that they are banal
and to leave it at that. That’s not too surprising, considering that the
film is written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who also
wrote Ghosts of Girlfriends Past a 2009 bomb starring Matthew
McConaughey. That film was so bad that not even brilliant director Mark
Waters, who has Freaky Friday and Mean Girls to his
credit, could make it anything more than awful. Lucas and Moore fell
into a hit as the writers of The Hangover, but followed it up
with the dismal The Change-Up. Then they made a bad decision,
thinking they could avoid becoming one-hit wonders by not only writing
this, but directing it, too. But maybe they had no choice. Maybe they
couldn’t find anyone in Hollywood stupid enough to direct this nonsense.
silly films have another thing in common, and that is to demean family.
In this one, Jeff has an overbearing father who wants him to go to med
school and who is pictured as an unsmiling Hitler-esque tyrant. All the
films with which Lucas and Moore have been involved encourage degrading,
antisocial behavior. Like most of these low intellect films, there’s a
lot of vomiting (in slow motion, no less!) and disgusting scenes that
make you want to turn your head or close your eyes.
February 28, 2013