94 Min | Comedy | August 2008
IMDB Rating: 4.6
Director: Deb Hagan
Starring: Drake Bell, Kevin Covais, Andrew Caldwell
College Review: 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. Next, the rating of ‘College’, 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.