Dorm Daze Movie Review

National Lampoon used to be a name associated with juvenile yet genuinely funny comedies like Animal House and Vacation. But don't stop reading just yet: National Lampoon is actually still around!

Sadly, today's Lampoon is pretty much a factory for terrible teen sex comedies, few of which I daresay you'll have heard of. They have names like Senior Trip, Repli-Kate, and Golf Punks. In recent years only Van Wilder has merited a theatrical release.

So here comes Dorm Daze, a terribly lame college sex romp with one of the least likely setups on earth. It's a co-ed dorm at some silly university in the few days before Christmas. Poor Booker (Chris Owen, best known as American Pie's "The Shermanator") is a college virgin. His brother (Patrick Renna, who has no discernable acting ability or likeability) decides to get him laid by hiring a hooker to take care of the problem. Wait for the funny: The hooker (Boti Bliss) has the same name as a foreign exchange student (Marie Noelle Marquis) -- and both arrive at the same time!

Putting aside the fact that a student is openly inviting a hooker into the dorm in the middle of the day... and the fact that a foreign exchange student is just arriving on campus a few days before Christmas... and that the foreign exchange student came to an American university without the ability to speak any English... putting all these first-act plot holes aside, Dorm Daze is, well, still a really stupid film (developing into an awful story about the hooker trying to abscond with a bag of ccash), roughly on par with a Disney Channel comedy (but with added profanity).

The main problem isn't even the lame plot, it's the fairly painful fact that no one involved with this film has the least amount of acting ability. Nay, not even alumni of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Boy Meets World can elevate this mess into any semblance of respectability. What you do get is a miniscule amount of nudity -- and it's hardly the flesh fest that the cover and "unrated edition" stamp would imply. Lame all around.

DVD extras, including a directors commentary, gag reel, deleted scenes, and a making-of bit are actually better than the film itself.

Aka National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze.


Comments

Dorm Daze Rating

" Terrible "

Rating: R, 2003

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