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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Big Wind on Campus
Big Wind on Campus
Razor Digital // R // July 13, 2004
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Review by Shannon Nutt | posted October 9, 2004 | E-mail the Author
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THE MOVIE

Unfortunately, Big Wind On Campus was about precisely what I was afraid it was going to be about: human flatulence. And no matter how you cut it (pun intended!), bathroom humor has never been very funny…and 90-mintues of it is downright excruciating.

The movie stars Seth Walther as Artie, whose birth we get to see in the opening minutes of the film. As the doctor reports to the parents shortly after Artie is born, their son is a "farter," and will have problems whenever he is too stressed out or worried.

We then jump ahead in time to Artie's college days, where he's obsessed with a sexy chick on campus (played by Christine Steel), but totally oblivious to the fact that his new friend Emily (Heather McComb) is really the right woman for him.

There will be no bonus points for guessing how the film concludes, but to say that this is a romantic comedy is really pushing the definition. Big Wind On Campus is totally unfunny, even when it's not trying to disgust the audience with its flatulence humor.

THE DVD

Video:
Presented in full frame, the picture has a very soft look to it that lacks in sharpness. There's also some grain and occasional pixilation evident in the picture. Overall, I'm not sure the quality here is much better than a standard VHS release, but I think a lot of the quality has to do more with the kind of film stock that was used to shoot the picture rather than the transfer to DVD.

Audio:
The audio is presented in 2.0 Dolby, and is an unremarkable track. The dialogue does sound clear and crisp, but otherwise there's not much to tout about the audio – other than the fact that it's serviceable enough for this movie.

Extras:
I was actually a little surprised by the bonus material on this disc, given the fact that the movie (at least in my opinion) is such a waste of time. We get two Feature Length Commentary Tracks here, one with director Matt Berman, producer Jack Serino and editor Larry Maddox; and the other with cast members of the film, including Seth Walther, Christine Steel and John and Kevin Farley (who have supporting roles and, yes indeed, are the late Chris Farley's brothers). There's also a 6-minute Outtakes section with bloopers that are about as funny as some of the jokes in the movie (i.e. not funny at all!).

THE BOTTOM LINE

I've always thought that only young teenagers and kids went for bathroom humor, and when you got older and more educated, your tastes moved on to more intelligent and well-written comedy. But since Big Wind On Campus is rated R, I'm not sure who the target audience is here…but I'm guessing it's the kind of audience that doesn't read DVD reviews before making their purchasing decision. Avoid this one at all costs, dear readers.
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