Ah, the teen comedy genre... What has happened to it?
Sorority Boys stands as one of the latest teen flops of the last couple of years. After American Pie, a series of clones were released (and continue to be released), their box office numbers all dropping off more and more as time went on. Sorority Boys, despite its funny premise, drifted away in a blink, and having finally seen it, I can understand why.
Sorority Boys is not a terrible movie, but it has nothing new to offer and fails to even live up to its potential. Sure, the dressing-up-as-girls thing has been done before, but with the actors involved ("Smallville's" Michael Rosenbaum, Barry Watson and the funny Harland Williams) it still could have been something. Instead, it resorts to jokes that aren't even very crude and definitely aren't very funny.
The story goes something like this: Three frat boys are accused of stealing money, so they are kicked out onto the street. Seeking shelter, they dress up as girls and begin to live at a sorority house called DOG, where all of the unwanted girls live. Their goal is to sneak into their frat house and get a videotape proving their innocence, but things get complicated when one of the guys falls in love with the head of the house, who conveniently is very pretty (yet rejected by most guys for some reason). That's a good enough story for a movie like this.
Unfortunately, as already mentioned, Sorority Boys just doesn't do anything with what has been laid out before it. There are some funny moments, but there are a lot of dull, stupid moments as well. It's a little too cheesy at times, exemplified by the football scene, where these guys should have (for the audience's entertainment) kicked the other team's ass. Instead, it's up to the rest of the DOG girls to somehow win the day.
Basically, Sorority Boys is just stupid. There are worst ways to waste an hour and a half, but there are better ways as well. Let's just say it's no Animal House.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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