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May 23, 2012
PLOT SUMMARY: Dictator’s son goes to college, without realizing how evil his dad is.
UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers]→ Dictator’s blood money pays for college kids to party.
PEOPLE: Savage Steve Holland made this movie?! We ***loved*** the Eek! The Cat cartoon, and liked his movies How I Got Into College, One Crazy Summer, and of course his best-known classic Better Off Dead…! (“Where’s my two dollars?!?!?!?!?”) He didn’t write this like he wrote all the others, though. He just directed it. Glad to see him doing something for adults again.
Starring Efren Ramirez as Ratko (Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite, Kaylo from Crank 1, Venus from Crank 2:High Voltage, DJ from the movie Gamer), and Katrina Bowden (Ms. Tasty from Sex Drive, Cerie from 30 Rock) as the girl.
With Curtis Armstrong as a foreign bodyguard (Revenge Of The Nerds, Moonlighting, American Dad, Pucked, Van Wilder 1, American Pie:The Book Of Love); Jeffrey Ballard as Ratko’s roommate (he had bit parts in John Tucker Must Die and Mission To Mars).
And Adam West as Ratko’s dictator father! He’s always hilarious.
The 2 wives that showed up midway in the movie were very small plot points. However, we concluded that Ildiko Ferenczi was definitely hotter than Lucia Oskerova. I guess Hollywood agrees, since Ildiko has had several eye candy roles – 3 different minor characters in Smallville, Bride #3 in Stan Helsing, Goat Mans Girl in Reefer Madness:The Musical, and latex girl in a deleted scene from The Lost Boys 2 (haha).
They also cast 3 porn stars (including Lucious Lopez) as the sexy mexican maids at the hotel.
QUIRKS: A college comedy-romance. A bit better than your average National Lampoon college movie.
Lots of comedic devices that are the same as Borat: Talking about your weird country and its weird traditions. Being clueless about American social situations. In a sense, this is a “rip off” — not to imply that “make fun of foreigners” is a unique concept pioneered by Borat.
The “you’re so skanky” / “do you think Mario’s dick grows when he gets the mushroom?” scene between the 3 girls was a 5-star scene if I’ve ever seen one.
At first, there didn’t seem to be a very cohesive plot. For instance, they have multiple scenes with characters who don’t relate at all to the rest of the movie (which reminds me of American Pie 6, if I recall correctly). But then the plot eventually rears its head. Really, this movie is a framework for jokes. And there were indeed some howling-out-loud moment sof laughter — which was all I wanted!!!
SOUNDTRACK: Lots of Spanish songs. Even though Ratko is from Europe. This movie purposely makes no sense at times :)
MORALS: Dictator’s sons don’t always realize the sins of their fathers.
POLITICS: Dictator-funded blood money isn’t so bad when you’re spending it on booze and partying :)
BAD STUFF: Using an obviously Hispanic character (Pedro!) with an exaggerated South American accent is a bit weird, when his fictitious country of Handjobia is in Europe. But since it was a fictitious country — like Elbonia from Dilbert — I will allow a mixture of accents and appearances that wouldn’t make sense in the *real* world.
There’s also one scene in particular that is so poorly edited that I had to play it three times just to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. It made no visual sense. But it was just a dialog scene, so we’ll just chalk that up to sloppy directing. But I’d expect more from Savage Steve Holland, after so many decades of directing.
CONCLUSION: A bit funnier than your average modern-day National Lampoon college movie. This was a bit like Borat meets Coming To America. Glad to see Savage Steve Holland working on something for adults again.
Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 4.2/10 (ouch!), Netflix: 3.0/5 stars (This was based on *ONE* rating. Never seen that before! Guess it will be 3.5 now.).
RECOMMENDATION: It’s better than the summary makes it sound. Not a great movie, but I think it’s still worth seeing. Especially if you already have a long track record of seeing National Lampoon movies.