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I was surprised how bad this one turned out for me, given that Dean
Cameron and Patrick Labyorteaux usually make great under-achieving
party animal characters, as they prove to do here. Except, even where
the movie follows that party animal meets anal villain story line and
completely follows the book on ski movies, nothing much happens.
At a posh ski school, cabin number 8, lead by David Marshak (Dean Cameron) only has three things on their minds that any slacker guys in an 80s/early 90s comedy romp has on their mind: beer, boobs, and parties. And, usually in that order. The sleazy jerks from cabin one, which could easily be mistaken for Eurofags Lars and Hans, were it not for their American accents, don't want to put up with the antics of cabin number eight. So, Capitan no fun and his gang of merry thugs wage war (somewhere in there) and vow to get them kicked out of the camp, because they're really stealing their thunder. There's not much skiing going on, save a few shots in the beginning, and of course, the dangerous slope competition finale (the pinnacle of any ski movie out of this period). The rest of the time is devoted to cabin eight's goofing off. Seriously, that's about it. A repetition of boobs and parties. They attempted to put a story in there and follow it, although they didn't and the characters had to state the obvious intermittently in the film because they obviously weren't devoting much camera time to it.
Granted, I usually love dumb comedies like these, and especially with Dean Cameron and Patrick Labyorteaux in the front seat (see 'Summer School'). I could tolerate the cliché ski school story line. I could even put up with the numerous boob money shots, but damn, they made almost no effort for a story here. That's a no go for me. Over and out.
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I considered giving this pitiful, soporific comedy a 1, but settled on a 2 for some reason. That shouldn't deter you from running as fast and as far away as you can from Ski School, a bottom of the barrel celebration of immature frat life. Of course, this frat is actually inhabited by a motley assortment of party animals who pretend to ski in their spare time (why they couldn't just stay at home to party is just one of the many unfathomable mysteries of Ski School). Naturally they have a run in with the toney head cheese of the school, who somehow allowed them to attend in the first place, and there's a 'climactic' competition between the two groups at the end of the film. I won't tell you who wins, but (***spoiler alert***) the film's amoral heart is revealed when the party house, led by smirking Dean Cameron, choose to cheat in order to compete. Ski School is a foul-mouthed, misogynistic piece of trash that will appeal to those who thought Animal House was a tad too arty.
Dean Cameron stars as a ski instructor who battles another camp of instructors and finds love along the way in this surprisingly funny, light hearted, charming movie. While not top of the line it doesn't pretend to be, it accepts itself as it is, a harmless little comedy with some funny moments in it. Cameron does a great job and Charlie Spradling is stunning!!! On a scale of one to ten... 6
'Ski School' is, essentially, a string of silly movie cliches that fill in the time between sex scenes and shameless displays of topless ski bunnies. How you feel about that description will pretty much describe your reaction to 'Ski School' - wide-eyed laughter, or plain old disgust. It's garbage, but good-natured garbage, and is ten rungs above most ski or party-related movies. The skiing is great, there are some genuine laughs, and the sex scenes (while unnecessary) are tasteful. A good, reliable rental if you're with your buddies and can't think of anything else to do. (However, I doubt many women will find this movie especially humorous, so it's strictly for Male Bonding Night.)
This is a terrible, terrible movie the only redeeming factor is that there's titties in it but thats not much of one. Dean Cameron is really really ugly and who ever the other guy is, is really ugly too. A horrible, horrible mash of crappy music and neon color. Plain and simple a complete waste of time do not watch it. And the extra two stars are for the boobs. I just could not get past Dean Cameron!! And many of the one-liners come off cheesy however there are a few lines that are funny. Overall I couldn't get into the movie at all really and Dean Cameron seriously needs to shave or at least trim his crazy old man eyebrows.
For a comedy, this movie sure doesn't have a lot of jokes. I think I
laughed once during this movie, when someone made a remark about the
"Lambada", and even then, I was only laughing because I kind of knew
what the lambada was. The joke wasn't funny on its own. There are a few
lines in the movie that could have been very funny, but suffered poor
delivery by the actors.
Plot? There is none. Most of the movie is an excuse to show gratuitous nudity. In between the nudity, there is some sort of story about a ski competition, but it doesn't make sense at all. I think the ski competitions are supposed to be funny or something, but mostly, it's just a bunch of people falling over.
The soundtrack is atrocious. I've never heard so many bad 80's dance songs in my life. The characters look like such idiots dancing to the songs (and not in a funny way either - in a pathetic way). I think I heard two good songs during the whole movie, but they didn't feel like they went with the movie.
Oh yeah - and the acting sucks. For a stupid comedy like this, I don't the acting to be that important, but the actors were so bad in this movie, it's hard to concentrate on anything else. Their bad acting is a distraction, and by the end of the movie, you'll feel like strangling the actors.
If I were to classify this film, it would fall somewhere between "Animal House Ripoff" and "Cheap Softcore Porn".
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