MILF is, well, about a bunch of college slackers on the hunt for older women. No real reason is given or why, unless you count the tagline on the DVD case: "they really do know best!" Brandon (Jack Cullison) is the leader of the motley foursome, and perhaps the least personally invested in the chase, yet he finds himself in the crosshairs of Holly (Amy Lindsay), who is fresh off a divorce and looking for some fun. It'd all be well and good, except Holly is also the mother of Anthony (Philip Marlatt), his best friend. While Anthony crawls around town with their two stupid roommates, Nate and Ross (Joseph Booton and Ramon Camacho), Brandon keeps slipping back home for some fun with his best friend's mother, even though he knows it could all come crashing down at any second.
MILF was written by someone named Jonathan Haug, and if he's any older than these characters, it doesn't show. This is worse than it sounds, because the characters act like they're 13 rather than 21. I think it'd be fair to say that most sexism and male brainlessness when it comes to women is ingrained by peers and is inherently innocent, or at least unintentional. Sadly, our "heroes" take women-as-objects to new lows, especially Nate and Ross, who drag the movie down at least a star all by themselves. There isn't a single line that comes out of Nate's mouth in particular that doesn't fly at the audience like a poisonous spitball dipped in hamburger grease, and yet, there's no real challenge for these characters to get what they want. Unlike American Pie, one of the vague goals in the film is to rack up as many MILF belt-notches as possible, and somehow these hapless morons have no trouble bedding every big-breasted blonde in town.
One of the movies The Asylum sent to me directly was #1 Cheerleader Camp, and I was thoroughly surprised upon watching it that there was a sort of earnest innocence to the naughty bits. It wasn't great, but it wasn't hopelessly sexist or painfully stupid, and something about the tone, some deep-seated pleasantness to the whole experience made it worth a look. MILF is the opposite, a mouth-breathing neanderthal of a film that barges through its beats without the absolute faintest, minimal traces of grace or subtlety. Despite a potentially funny germ of an idea in the central plotline, the filmmakers are more interested in bookending scenes of gratiuitous nudity with high-fives and/or gay panic than anything worth watching.
I appreciate The Asylum, and not just because I'm acquainted with them, but they don't seem to take themselves too seriously. The world of low-budget filmmaking is a challenging battlefield on which to stake out a day job, and yet, these guys come in and do it with a sense of humor about themselves and the projects they create, both in their shameless nature and the hit-and-miss polish these things get when compared to multi-million-dollar Hollywood productions. None of that changes the fact that MILF is -- having endured all of them -- a clear step below the bar set by even the American Pie direct-to-DVD sequels, and any viewer will get more "coming-of-age" action by being wise enough to skip it instead of giving it a spin.
The Video and Audio
Dolby Digital 5.1 is less impressive. The dialogue is clean and clear, and any music comes through just fine too, but the mix for a jokey comedy like MILF just isn't particularly dynamic, layered, or notable. No player-generated captions or subtitles were found, but the disc is closed captioned for televisions with such a feature.
The disc opens with trailers for #1 Cheerleader Camp, Titanic II, Airline Disaster, 8213: Gacy House, Ballistica, and The 7 Adventures of Sinbad play before the main menu.