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Confessions of Sorority Girls
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted February 3, 2001 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

An odd, although watchable little comedy/drama that never made it to theaters, "Confessions Of Sorority Girls" stars Jamie Luner("Melrose Place") as Sabrina, a rich girl coming to a private sorority in the '50's to stir up some trouble. Alissa Milano, famous for her stint on TV's "Who's The Boss?" plays Rita, the head of the sorority.

The film actually takes quite a while to begin to get going. We're introduced to the characters and go through a bit too much set-up about how Sabrina is expected to live up to the image of her sister who previously attended the college. Finally, after things begin to go downhill with her grades and lack of attention from her mother, Sabrina finally plots her scheme. Although the film is rated R, don't go in expecting to see anything too risky; the kind of "naughty behavior" involves rumors and blackmail.

Where that would have made for a rather dull event usually, Luner actually acts up a little storm as Sabrina, and she makes for an entertainingly bad bad girl. Unfortunately though, she's the only real character in this 82 minute exercise - all of the supporting cast aren't given much to do and their characters are thinly written at best. Milano is especially dissapointing, coming across blandly.

There are some laughs though, as it takes the other characters a hilariously lengthy amount of time to figure out that Sabrina's a bad girl. All of "Confessions" moved along quickly - aside from Luner's performance, there's not a great deal else to carry the movie along.


The DVD

VIDEO: According to the box, the film is presented in 1.33:1 full-frame and that's the original aspect ratio - making me think that this was always intended as a television picture. The results are somewhat problematic at times, but usually come through better than I'd have expected for a full-frame presentation from Dimension home video. Sharpness and detail are generally fine, although there's occasionally a rather soft look to the movie, seemingly by intent to give it a slightly "period" look.

Some problems appear throughout, although nothing too major. There isn't anything in the way of marks, scratches or even speckles on the image. There are a few slight instances of pixelation and edge enhancement through - these don't cause too much of a distraction. Colors are very vibrant, there's almost a theatrical look to the lighting styles used in the movie, with different color tones washing over certain scenes. Probably, "Confessions" probably looks the best it ever has here.

SOUND: To complete the thought that this seems to be a television production, the sound is only available in stereo. If anything, the one compliment is that the cheesy music score at least sounds clear and dialogue isn't overshadowed by any other sounds from the film's audio.

MENUS:: Menus are non-animated, with very basic images serving as backgrounds.

EXTRAS: No extra features.

Final Thoughts:

Positive: Luner's performance is fun, but the rest of the movie is pretty slim. For a full-frame presentation that was probably headed directly for TV the audio/video are adequate.

Negative: The $32.99 price tag is silly. Obviously, for a smaller title like this that few have ever heard of, there's not going to be a great deal of sales. If you're not going to put any extra features on it, then maybe a good idea would be to offer it at a nicer price to get some interest. Those who are fans of the two lead actresses might enjoy this as a fun bad-movie, get-a-few laughs rental since the disc is definitely overpriced.

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