Happy 4th Of July!

 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] Our quest to watch all National Lampoon movies continues…Though technically this is a Much Music movie that decided it would make more money if they attached National Lampoon to the title. Hey, it got ME to watch it!

PLOT SUMMARY: Clueless graduating guy’s girlfriend goes to Canada’s Much Music festival, where he fears she will be seduced by an oversexed music producer (who isn’t really in the movie for more than a few seconds, but is played by Jason Priestly of Beverly Hills 90210). After all, she said she would “try” to be faithful. So he decides to go up and propose to her instead. But then … Things start to get complicated.

LIMERICK REVIEW: Uhhh…. I failed at a limerick. Any suggestions — from people who have seen it?

There once was a kid named Nick,
who’s girlfriend was a bit of a prick.
She left for a festival

He went on a crazy road trip caper
Turns out he should think more with his dick.

Well. That didn’t work out. I should delete this…

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Sociopath hired by clueless hippie parents almost kills son who doesn’t know how to manage his love life.

PEOPLE: Main character Nick is played by Christopher Jacot (Johnny Storm in the 2006 Fantastic Four cartoon). Oversexed bro Tyler is played by Shawn Roberts, who played douchebag boyfriend Kevin in I Love You, Beth Cooper. Stoner bro “Dime” is played by Ryan Belleville. Musician hitchhiker Sasha is played by Joanne Kelly, while the other hitchhiker is played by Mayko Nguyen. Trich is played by Katheryn Winnick, who had a bit part in 50 First Dates. Most of these people are Canadien TV actors.

The sabateur is played by August Schellenberg (Free Willy 1-3).

And the crazy farmer? None other than Matt Frewer! (Max Headroom/Edison Carter, Jackal in Gargoyles, The Leader in the 1990s Incredible Hulk cartoon, National Lampoon’s Senior Trip, Honey I Shrunk The Kids, Supergirl, Weirdsville, and many TV shows.)

Also, we have Avril Lavigne playing a hopefully meaner version of herself.

QUIRKS: This is mostly a road trip caper, but it is also a bit of a romantic comedy, as well as a coming-of-age film. Road trips, female hitchhikers, marijuana, mushrooms, femdom cougars, sabateurs, crazy farmers with horny farmers daughters, lesbian ‘rape’, train accidents, carnivals, skinny dipping, sex in public, talent shows… Our characters eventually meet all kinds of craziness.

VISUALS: Well, it’s rated R at least.

MORALS: Don’t hire veterans to fuck with your children. They might get hit by a train.

BAD STUFF: A few of the plot points and jokes fall flat. If you were to only take the worst parts of this movie, it would probably not receive a passing grade. Basically, it is inconsistent. There are 2-star parts, 3-star parts, 4-star parts, and 5-star parts. A mismash of bad and good.

Also, Joanne Kelly’s upper lip is THE MOST ANNOYING UPPER LIP IN HUMAN HISTORY. It actually distracted us from the movie a lot. It looks like a botched collagen injection job! Carolyn & I would both look over at each other only to catch the other moving their upper lip around and otherwise imitating Joanne Kelly’s annoying upper-lip. Her upper lip was as annoying as Liv Tyler’s entire mouth!

CONCLUSION: An utterly generic premise, but one which we like: Part romantic comedy, but greater part high school road trip caper. Some parts and jokes were so-so and fell flat, while other parts and jokes were *really* funny and had us howling out loud. The final verdict was that this was better than your average “generic” comedy. We rated this higher than Forgetting Sarah Marshall, for example.

It was a pleasant surprise that this was better-than-expected.

Clint: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
The native public rating for this movie is Netflix: 3.1/5 stars (3.3/5 stars for people who rate like me), IMDB: 5.3/10.

RECOMMENDATION: Better than your average National Lampoon comedy. If you liked Road Trip, you might want to check out this “Canadian Road Trip”.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Sometimes called the “cheap Canadian version of Road Trip”.

MOVIE QUOTE: Dime: Cougar alert. Avert your eyes.
Tyler: And lose this opportunity? Fuck that.

COINCIDENCES: (Rob Zombie:The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto, National Lampoon’s Going The Distance) 2 movies in the same night with talent shows where they ended up winning by doing a wet t-shirt AND with a female unexpectedly receiving oral sex AND with fake engagement rings.


Music: Dethklok – Burn The Earth