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Home of Phobia (2004)

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A horny college freshman feigns being gay to be near the beautiful co-ed of his desires.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Abney ...
Dicky Barrett ...
Campus Policeman
Palma Botterell ...
Don Brady ...
Drunk Old Gay
Mrs. Paul (as Meagen Fey)
Hippie Chick


A typical Midwestern 18 year-old freshman at a large state university, eager to delve into the college party life, discovers instead that school is not the beer-driven, sexual fantasy of his imagination. Determined to do anything to obtain the girl of his dreams (a gorgeous but reluctant sorority girl), he decides to adopt a gay identity in order to insinuate himself in her life. This casual charade, however, quickly lands him in a morass of campus activism, gender warfare, fraternity hazes, sorority torture, "coming out" narratives, political martyrdom, and ultimately a university-wide meltdown. Written by JL

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How Far Would You Swing... To Get The Girl You Love?


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Rated R for strong sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 January 2004 (USA)  »

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Home of Phobia  »

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Opening Weekend:

$1,317 (USA) (31 August 2007)


$10,462 (USA) (7 December 2007)

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Professor Jackson: Well, Mr. Adams, you just demonstrated the theoretical conundrum of contemporary American society.
Clay: I did?
Professor Jackson: The world is a linguistic battlefield: man, woman, gay, straight, black, white, penis, vagina. We are engaged in a semiotic battle over control of these inchoate, post-modern definitions. Do you understand me, Mr. Adams?
Clay: No.
Professor Jackson: Let me put it to you this way. Either you like bush or you don't.
Clay: Do... do you mean the president?
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uneven comedy with moments of genuine charm
1 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A fair-to-middling low-budget comedy, "Freshman Orientation" has some good-natured fun lampooning the stereotypes and clichés of college life. Kewpie-faced Clay Adams is an undergrad frat pledge who pretends to be gay in order to snag the girl of his dreams. Just how this paradoxical turn-of-events comes about need not be reiterated here. Suffice it to say that it involves fraternity and sorority initiation pranks that wind up at cross purposes with one another.

Suffering from its own case of identity confusion, director Ryan Shiraki's screenplay reinforces stereotypes even as it's working hard to beat those stereotypes down. Gays, in particular, may find themselves evenly divided between encouragement and dismay over how they are portrayed in this film.

Still, there are enough moments of loopy charm to make the film worth seeing on a slow, rainy afternoon, and Sam Huntington and Kaitlin Doubleday have appeal and charisma to spare as Clay and his girl. And, as an added bonus, they are joined by John Goodman and Rachel Dratch in minor supporting roles.

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