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College (2008)

R | | Comedy | 29 August 2008 (USA)
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A wild weekend is in store for three high school seniors who visit a local college campus as prospective freshmen.

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Carolyn Moss ...
Riley
Wendy Talley ...
Kevin's Mom
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Brandi Gerard ...
College Girl #1 (as Brandi Coleman)
Jessica Heap ...
College Girl #2
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Sweaty Guy
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Amy
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A wild weekend is in store for three high school seniors who visit a local college campus as prospective freshmen.

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Best. Weekend. Ever. See more »

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Rated R for pervasive crude and sexual content, nudity, language, drug and alcohol abuse | See all certifications »

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29 August 2008 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,619,730 (USA) (29 August 2008)

Gross:

$4,693,919 (USA) (7 November 2008)
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This film was widely panned by critics, many criticizing the movie as unfunny, disgusting, unoriginal and derivative. It also holds a 5% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. See more »

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At about 4 minutes the picture in the background changes. See more »

Connections

References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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Guess What Daddy Wants
Written by Justin Cox & Austin McVey
Performed by Bad Fathers
Published by Justin Cox Publishing
Courtesy of Rosemary Records & SLK Entertainment
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Major problems here. Drake Bell shouldn't even be in this movie, and it's not his fault.
8 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What you get with 'College' is, a lamely executed farce of a comedy that relies on idiotic humor that not even idiots would find funny. Luckily, the film has more boobs in it than any film of recent memory, and a couple of the female characters are extraordinarily good looking. That means, of course, that if you're either gay or female, you're going to want to kill yourself from boredom.

A simplistic plot for a simplistic movie doesn't allow for a lot of surprises, though the film's ending does get points for departing from the formulaic 'boy has epiphany and gets girl' ending, and adding a little more to it. Our three leads are tolerable at best. 'College' boasts a mostly unknown cast, with the only 'names' in the film being Drake Bell, Kevin Covais, and Verne Troyer. Andrew Caldwell's performance as a wannabe partier is basically a teenage version of Chris Farley's entire career. Except this one doesn't have the laughs. Bell is alright, but fails to gain the audience's attention as the leading man so many tween fans already tout him as. Kevin 'Chicken Little' Covais has a few funny moments, especially whenever he's acting drunk, but adds little to the film. He's a MUCH better singer than actor, as evidenced by American Idol. Haley Bennett was my favorite part of the film as Bell's love interest. Gary Owen is hilarious as 'Bearcat', the typical crazy frat guy.

'College' has heart, and gets credit for trying, but the execution on the part of the director, casting directors, producers, and to a lesser extent, the screenwriters is what hurts the film. First, I like that Drake Bell is trying to shed his Nickelodeon image, but he was the wrong guy to cast here, mostly because he isn't a big enough name to draw in the people, and what little fans he does have aren't old enough to see this film...there lies the problem. Bell's fans can't see the movie, and I seriously doubt all the people that voted for Covais on American Idol are fond enough to waste their money on this movie. Next, the rating of this film, while very much deserved, hurts the film the most. Had the film been made as a PG-13 film, it might have been just as 'good' in terms of quality, not to mention it would have made more money. Third, all the 'f' bombs and nudity were completely unnecessary, and seem to be there just to secure the R rating. Fourth, having been to college myself, this film is nothing like the real thing. The parties are crazy, but this is too much. It is so unrealistic on every level that it's just astounding. At least Superbad was realistic...in some regards.

'College' is a painful and sad attempt to recreate college life on the big screen. If you want something more realistic, try 'Fifty Pills'. Or just take fifty pills of something. Bell is seriously miscast, and Deb Hagan's direction, along with her producers' bad choices, drag down what could have been a mildly entertaining and mildly successful Superbad ripoff.


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