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Directed by David Wain
Starring: Janeane Garofalo, Paul Rudd and David Hyde Pierce
Review by Russell Hill



SYNOPSIS:

The last day at a children’s summer camp causes mayhem amongst the campers and its staff.

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Bought once again for the measly sum of £1 (actually 50p if count that this DVD pack was part of a two-part film extravaganza) this film was only bought because I saw in its hazy and shoddy packaging that Paul Rudd was in it. Paul Rudd, otherwise known as Mike from “Friends” or Brian Fantana from “Anchorman”, is a cinematic God who I rank alongside the likes of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. I wasn’t really hoping high for this movie’s credibility as even the other guys and gals appearing alongside Rudd could barely be made out amongst the shaky writing that was the DVD cover. However, after watching its relatively short duration of 97 minutes I found my sides had indeed split.

The premise of the film is quite like many we have heard before; a hormonally charged summer camp full of crazy capers. But here, what unfolds in front of us is actually quite amusing. I shall not reveal some of the funniest moments, but they do include a mixed vegetable talking, some crazy fridge sex and a space station. I admit to having been relatively lucky by finding this for £1, but when I catch a film as good as this it doesn’t matter how much damn money you pay for it.

Throughout the movie, some famous names appear from time to time. It seems this was their film before their big break. The standard big names needed in order to bring in the crowds are certainly there for all to see. Although “Frasier” was still in full swing at this point and nowhere near ending, David Hyde Pierce plays here another intellectual character named Henry but without the sophistication of Dr Niles Crane who is a bit hit-and-miss with his comedic timing. Not that he has a lot of comedic lines to add to his cinematic bow here, but the more dramatic moments that his character has are indeed relished. Admittedly having not seen any of her roles before, Garofalo plays here the camps boss Beth. The love interest of Henry, her moments are certainly more comedic which are lapped up with ease. Surreal her moments may be at times but certainly ones to make even the most placid of characters chuckle.

Although Paul Rudd has been mentioned, the current crop of comedic talent which seems to appear in the latest comedy film from Judd Apatow, the “dick-flicks” as I like to call them, or any Hollywood comedy at all make an appearance throughout. Take Bradley Cooper for example. The star of “The Hangover” and will soon be found playing Face-Man in the long-awaited “The A-Team” movie appears here although placidly here as closet-homosexual Ben. His lines not always frequent, but certainly ones to make you raise a smirk or two. Elizabeth Banks, otherwise known as Miriam from “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” and appearing here as Lindsay, acts simply as a tease and offers no major input in the storyline apart from trying to attach her face to Paul Rudd’s. I reckon Banks knew what offering she had for the film, and laps it up. Prior to this film, her roles were minimal so this really was a big break for her. Not a bad break, one has to admit. Joe Lo Truglio, otherwise known as the guy with the squeaky voice in “I Love You, Man” and the deep-voiced guy from “Role Models”, plays a character here that sports large framed glasses and shock-like expressions which certainly made this reviewer laugh when I reckon his comedic intensions weren’t exactly planned. Even Amy Poehler, who starred in “Blades of Glory” as the nasty Van Waldenberg sibling, appears as the theatrical nightmarish bitch Susie. Shouting each command at her young stars, her performance certainly made this reviewer laugh out loud on more than one occasion.

According to www.imdb.com, this movie was made for around $5million. Judging by the script, cast, set-ups and general feel of the film you cannot help believing that it should have been for much more than that, gain more revenue as well as receive vaster amounts of exposure than it initially garnered. But, with promoting films such as this by reviewing it, hopefully exposure will be created and therefore greater recognition going its way.

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