PEOPLE: The first film by Randy Scooter Lammey, who wrote, directed, produced, edited, and cast this. I set up a Google Calendar reminder to send the URL for his filmography to my inbox every 5 yrs, so I can check to see if he ever makes another movie after this.
All the stars are nobodies. Two of the good looking girls were in a few soap opera episodes. Similarly, a few of the girls were in some crappy b-movies. But for the most part, this is a movie by, and of nobodies.
QUIRKS: This movie is almost entirely conversation driven. There is no main plot, except possibly for Satchem’s job offer, and how it relates to his relationship with Julie. It is mostly talk about sex. 90 minutes of realistic sex talk.
A lot of it is based on anecdotes from Scooter Lammey‘s real life. Like going to a girl’s house and then not being able to tell the father who answered the door the name of which girl you want to see. (Hint: “The Husky One” is not a good answer.)
VISUALS: Low budget. Most of the movie takes place in one house over the course of a few days / parties / get-togethers. There are a few scenes in the yard, or in the nearby school. But for the most part, the only “visuals” in this movie are the good-looking women.
MORALS: Balancing love and opportunity are hard. And genders treat sex differently, in ways that totally annoy the other gender.
BAD STUFF: It’s a low budget movie, with low budget actors. For example, all the night scenes were actually shot during the day, with the windows covered, as the people who lived in the house (the director’s parents) came home during the night and used the house to live. They repainted the house twice: Before the movie to make better backdrops, and after the movie to cover up the damage.
And the actors aren’t the greatest actors. But awkward situations and bad acting actually go together; one can mask the other.
And while some the dialog is pretty realistic… It is also often ridiculous at the same time. Mayonnaise? Really?
And note that on IMDB and Netflix, there are many, many, many people saying this is one of the worst movies they have ever seen; that they turned it off 10 minutes into the movie; that they rated it 1/10 on IMDB or 1/5 stars on Netflix. Obviously you have to be a certain type of person to enjoy this movie. You have to enjoy sex, and not be shy about sexual conversations. You have to enjoy parties, and partying. You have to have some semblance of youth left in your soul. Old sexless straightedge fogeys would hate this about as much as I would hate watching people sing Christian hymns.
CONCLUSION: Carolyn gave this a one-cut-above-generic rating of 3/5 stars on Netflix, and 7/10 on IMDB. I think I can agree with that. I might give it a 3.5/5 stars on Netflix, if they allowed half-stars. And I might give it a 7.5/10 on IMDB. But Carolyn’s rating seems very fair to me.
RECOMMENDATION: If you like parties, sex, and atypical conversation… This movie might be for you. It only got a 3.9/10 on IMDB — but 33% of people rated it at least a 6/10, and there were almost as many 10 ratings as 1 ratings. People under 18 liked this movie the most, and guys liked it more than girls. It’s definitely not for everyone. If you hated Melvin Goes To Dinner, you might hate this. But if you like National Lampoon party movies, you might like this. This movie is like a mix between the two… Melvin Goes To Dinner was all talk, no party. National Lampoon movies are often all party, no real conversation. This fell somewhat in-between: Though there is no partying without conversation going on.
There were definitely some relevant situations that people have ran into. I even fell for the “great rack” brown-eyed, brown-haired girl…Only later to think she was a bitch. Reminds me of real life…
And this movie gets big props for having the game “asshole” in it, as that is pretty much the #1 drinking card game. I don’t think I’ve seen it in a movie before.
Personally, I’d definitely recommend this movie as a good initial effort by a director. The IMDB comments brought up a good point — Dazed And Confused was the 2nd movie by a director who had first made the movie Slackers, which wasn’t nearly as good. If Scooter’s next movie is as much as an improvement, it will definitely be worth seeing even more than this.
SIMILAR MOVIES: I’d say Melvin Goes To Dinner is similar regarding the amount of conversation and how conversation-driven the movie is.
Music: The Church – Trance Ending