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Love 101

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment // R // December 26, 2005
List Price: $9.99 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Scott Weinberg | posted February 1, 2006 | E-mail the Author
The Movie

Here's what Love 101 is about:

Four college buddies sit around and yammer about how to score chicks and drink a lot of beer, stopping periodically to offer some allegedly sincere "moments of heart."

The nerdy guy likes the pretty girl.

The confident guy sleeps with the pretty girl.

(The wacky guy screws the German girl.)

The nerdy guy feels betrayed and gets pissed.

Random things transpire to cause a happy ending.

There. I just saved you 81 minutes.

Low-key college comedy Love 101 certainly isn't the worst of its type to come down the road, but damn if it's not among the most tiringly familiar, rote, and wholly predictable.

The acting talent ranges from "hey not bad" to "amateurish to the point of distraction," the script is laden with belabored 'guy slang' and raunch gags that would get any modern college student ostracized for his uninspired and earth-shatteringly cornballish tendencies.

Minimal doses of female skin are peppered throughout the flick, apparently to maintain some viewer interest (and, hey, breasts are cool) and though it's an entirely pedestrian affair, Love 101 doesn't have that offensively bad stink to it that similar projects often do.

This story's been covered a hundred times before; Love 101 offers very few viable reasons to sit through it yet again.

The DVD

Video: Another full screen transfer borne from the Corman/Disney marriage. Picture quality's not half bad, although certainly nothing dazzling.

Audio: Choose between Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround or DD 2.0. Optional subtitles are offered en Espanal solamente.

Extras

A bunch of cast & crew biographies and some trailers for Love 101, Love Thy Neighbor, Firefight, and Mary Christmas.

Final Thoughts

Points for trying, but Love 101 yanks its characters, story threads, and complete inspiration from flicks not all that hot to begin with, and then simpy rehashes them point by point by tiresome point.


Portions of this review have been reprinted from an old review I wrote five years ago and then completely forgot about.
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