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Total Crap55.1%

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Sorority Boys
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by EricDSnider

"A terrible movie that made me laugh, except when it was making me horrified"
2 stars

There is so much to hate about ďSorority BoysĒ that I scarcely know where to begin. Iím at sixes and sevens anyway, because despite the filmís many, many flaws, I also laughed quite a bit during it. Except during the times when I was silently awestruck by its incompetence, that is.

We will tell the plot, and maybe that will help us get a grip on how to deal with the film as a whole. At some fictional college is a fraternity called Kappa Omicron Kappa, featuring slacker studs Dave (Barry Watson) and Adam (Michael Rosenbaum) and their piggish friend Doofer (Harland Williams). (You are supposed to be remembering John Belushi in ďAnimal HouseĒ when you think of Doofer, by the way.)

All three are kicked out when president Pete (Greg Coolidge) steals the fratís money and frames them for it. They know of a videotape that will exonerate them, but how to get back into the house to retrieve it? They elect to dress up as women and sneak in during one of the houseís many wild parties.

This already makes very little sense, of course; surely putting on a wig and some makeup will not prevent their former frat brothers from recognizing them. But somehow, they also decide they need to join a sorority. I donít understand why this is, but it is, so we will accept it.

Delta Omicron Gamma (D.O.G.) is the only one desperate enough to take a trio as ugly as they are -- they look like Teri Garr, Kirstie Alley and Kathy Griffin -- which is fortunate, because their leader, Leah (Melissa Sagemiller), is very pretty (so why is she in the ugly sorority?) and Dave is attracted to her. Leah meets Dave in class and thinks heís a jerk, but she adores ďDaisyĒ back at the sorority house. She even starts to become a little attracted to Daisy, NEVER REALIZING she looks exactly like Dave from class.

Doofer, meanwhile, adopts the name Roberta and becomes a confidante to all the ugly and misshapen girls of D.O.G. Adam becomes Adina and becomes outraged at the way men treat women. Everyone learns a valuable lesson, I guess, and allís well that ends well, or whatever.

Itís one thing for a comedy to be light-hearted and simple and not rely on intricate plotting. Itís quite another to be full of plot yet to have every single element of the plot run contrary to common sense, logic, reality and intelligence. Nothing that happens in this movie could or would happen in real life. Itís not like you can suspend your disbelief about the guys posing as women and living in a sorority; even if that happened in real life, what would happen from there is nothing like what happens here.

Why would the guys continue to wear their female garb outside the house? Why would Leah agree to study with Dave when she hates him? How does living in a sorority house -- as opposed to, say, anywhere else in the world -- help the guys get any closer to getting the video? How is it that the guys can play football without their wigs coming off, but then it just takes a simple tug to remove them when the time comes? These questions plague me, even as Iím laughing at Michael Rosenbaum.

Of the three leads, only Rosenbaum is worth watching. He has a flair for comedy and a keen sense of the absurd. He plays the role with enthusiasm and maybe even intelligence. Watson, meanwhile, is too self-serious to let himself be funny, and Williams is not half as funny as he seems to think he is.

Itís all appalling and crass and sometimes I laughed at it. I donít know what else to say, except that if this is your kind of movie, maybe youíll like it. Maybe.

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User Comments

5/04/10 art AN EXCELLENT COMEDY! 4 stars
1/10/09 Monday Morning This is the last straw - I'm movin' to Tibet. 1 stars
8/05/07 ravenmad I laughed my ass off...plain ol' stupid humor 4 stars
7/31/07 Jeffrey Green Great movie!! Kept in the proper context, it's supposed to be silly!!!!!! 5 stars
1/14/07 Jeff Anderson Cheap, mean spirited(especially to women)& desperate. H. Matarazzo is the lone saving grace 1 stars
7/01/06 William Goss Right there with ya, Charles. Except I don't believe in God. 4 stars
10/03/04 KR A bad movie that made me laugh quite a bit. 3 stars
9/26/04 NJ Cup Winner 95-00-03 Charles, God stopped helping you decades ago, quite obviously 1 stars
5/05/04 Denise Duspiva Funny 5 stars
2/14/04 Charles Tatum God help me, I actually found a lot of it funny 4 stars
2/03/04 Mike p excruciating 1 stars
1/15/04 Samuel sucks...very much bad 2 stars
12/10/03 JD Great laughs, high rewatchability factor 5 stars
7/07/03 cinkcool get drunk with college freinds and watch it 5 stars
5/16/03 k it really wasnt that bad... i laughed 4 stars
3/27/03 Jen This movie was SUPPOSED to be silly and entertaining, which it was. 4 stars
1/02/03 Ray Not an Oscar caliber film, but you can't go wrong when you include the launching of dildos 4 stars
11/10/02 Mipchunk Not enough cowbell 1 stars
10/28/02 Uncle Salty How does something like this get made? It boggles the mind. Oh, and Aaron is a plant. 1 stars
9/10/02 Danielle Ophelia To suck any harder, you'd need a black hole the size of the entire space-time continuum. 1 stars
5/19/02 Chowie alright, the dildo fights were funny 3 stars
5/16/02 Allison Lafferty Ultimate chick-flick, whose sole raison-d'Ítre is "guys are pigs" message. 1 stars
4/30/02 Aaron I thought the movie was extremely entertaining 4 stars
4/10/02 Veronica Foxx (The Raven-Haired Temptress) To suck any harder, you'd be Mariah Carey"convincing"studio execs "Glitter" was a good idea 1 stars
4/05/02 Scott Sumner If I had directed this, I'd be very glad that there wasn't a death penalty for this crime. 1 stars
3/31/02 Film Dude To suck any harder? That isn't fucking possible. 1 stars
3/30/02 Elron Cupboard Xenu! To suck any harder, you'd need John Travolta and a Post-Apocalyptic set!! 1 stars
3/25/02 Joe Deblow "It's like a wookies neeeeoooor neeeeoooor" It's just that bad. 1 stars
3/25/02 silver raven some funny parts, but i wouldnt see it again 3 stars
3/24/02 Bartholomew Q. Schmeckelstein Jesus H. Christ! To suck any harder, you'd need Kevin Costner and a Post-Apocalyptic set!! 1 stars
3/23/02 Shelley Smith Wow!! Isn't the poster with them in drag enough to turn you off!! 1 stars
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