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Freshman Orientation (2004)

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

Director:

Ryan Shiraki

Writer:

Ryan Shiraki
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Huntington ... Clay
Marla Sokoloff ... Marjorie
Mike Erwin ... Matt
Heather Matarazzo ... Jessica
Kaitlin Doubleday ... Amanda
Bryce Johnson ... Tazwell
Jud Tylor ... Serena
Rachel Dratch ... Very Drunk Chick
John Goodman ... Rodney
Mark Abney Mark Abney ... Malcom
Dicky Barrett Dicky Barrett ... Campus Policeman
Palma Botterell Palma Botterell ... Alana
Don Brady Don Brady ... Drunk Old Gay
Meagen Fay ... Mrs. Paul (as Meagen Fey)
Shannon Floyd ... Hippie Chick
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Storyline

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?

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,317, 2 September 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,462, 9 December 2007
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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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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References American Beauty (1999) See more »

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uneven comedy with moments of genuine charm
1 November 2009 | by Roland E. ZwickSee 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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