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Reviews » Theatrical Reviews » Sorority Boys
Sorority Boys
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment // R // March 19, 2002
Review by Aaron Beierle | posted March 19, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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"Sorority Boys", with a plot that seems recycled from a few 80's teen movies that I just can't remember the titles from, is a mixed bag. It gets a few genuine laughs out of its situations, but also gets a few additional ones from the sheer disbelief at what the characters would do or don't realize what they should. The film revolves around three college students, Dave (Barry Watson), Adam (Michael Rosenbaum) and Doofer (Harland Williams), who are members of the K.O.K. (Kappa Omicron Kappa) frat.

Shortly after the initial introductions of the characters, they get busted for stealing the money that was to be used for the "KOK-tail Cruise", an event where former and current members of the frat discuss potential job opportunities. They didn't do it, but to clear their name, they need to sneak back into the frat to grab a tape that would show their innocence. Sneaking in disguised as women a few nights later, they're quickly tossed out and onto the doorstep of the women's sorority they've been terrorizing for the past few years, D.O.G. (Delta Omicron Gamma). Feminist president Leah (Melissa Sagemiller, not having any luck with "Soul Survivors", then this) takes the boys, er...girls in and gives them a place to stay...or, a place to launch their plans of how to get back into their old frat.

"Sorority Boys" bypasses reality at every turn and occasionally, this becomes so ridiculous that it gets a laugh. The three boys-as-girls look so not like girls that the girls of D.O.G. would have to be not-that-bright to let them in. They get in, without question - or without any sort of pledging or anything like that; "You want in?" "Okay.", is essentially what happens. The actions of the Kappa Omicron Kappa against the D.O.G. house would have gotten them in serious trouble years ago. The list goes on and on, but in this movie, whatever needs to be believed will be and whatever plot piece or prop is needed will unquestionably be there when needed to steer the movie into a happy ending.

Are there any legitimately funny laughs? Yes, but they're few-and-far-between. A sequence where the D.O.G. girls (including the boys-as-girls) play football against another girl's sorority to gain the right to go on previously mentioned cruise is amusing. Another sequence, already in most trailers, has the Williams character pulling what appears to be a hairball out of the girl's drain and stating that it looks like a "Wookie", then perfectly making the noise of said "Star Wars" character. "Sorority Boys" also can get repetitive; the film goes back to the well for a handful of jokes, repeating them throughout the flick. Some of the film's gags simply don't work, falling flat - or, in the likely case of most audiences - falling upon utter silence.

"Sorority Boys" was directed by Wallace Wolodarsky, a veteran of "The Simpsons". As much as Wolodarsky tries (if infrequently funny, the picture at least is consistently fairly energetic and the performances aren't that bad), the material just isn't strong enough. There's supposed to be an element where the boys learn about the difficulties of being a woman, which leads to better treatment and understanding of them. This does not seem to be the first thing on the film's mind, nor second or third or...well, you get the idea.

As for a recommendation, well, I'd recommend seeing something else, as there's currently far better fare at the box office. While not totally awful, "Sorority Boys" certainly doesn't approach greatness, either. Those still interested after the trailers wouldn't be losing anything much by waiting for this flick to hit video.
19/02.
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