Senior Skip Day – DVD Review

Rude and crude teenage comedies have been around forever starting with Animal House and Porky’s back in the 1970s. The tradition continued in the ’80s with Revenge of the Nerds and the series of “Brat Pack” movies. But in the late 1990s and early 2000s the bar got raised to new heights, or lows depending on how you look at it, with the American Pie series of films. Ever since then many people have attempted to copy the success of American Pie with the majority of them failing miserably. The latest copycat film to step up to the plate is Senior Skip Day.

There are some surprisingly big (well, notable) names in this film. Larry Miller, Norm MacDonald, Clint Howard, Tara Reid, and Lea Thompson all appear, but unfortunately for all of them they aren’t given much to work with. They did help raise this movie out of the trash can, so to speak, and let it see the light of day.

The no-name actors in the leading roles all do fine jobs, but they are in the same position as everyone else. However, some casting choices like the so-called “supermodels” in the film are still confusing, though.

The plot is pretty basic and predictable. This is pretty much a combination of a lot of different American Pie wannabe films out there. The story goes on some weird tangents that don’t make a lot of sense. That could all be forgiven, if this film was actually funny. Unfortunately that is really not the case either.

Why filmmakers still try to copy American Pie is beyond me. You can’t top the innovator and rejuvenator of the “teen crude comedy” genre. The only reason this film was able to be released on DVD was because of the so-called “big” names that lend Senior Skip Day some credibility. Too bad they are stuck in a rude and crude comedy that is not that funny nor is it that shocking. You have seen all of this before and seen it done better.

The video is given in both 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen color, which is enhanced for 16:9 TVs. The video is pretty standard for a direct-to-DVD film. Pretty average at best, but no major problems.

The audio included is available in either English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound. There are subtitles in English SDh and Spanish as well. The dialogue and music come out loud and clear, so no major problems here either.

There are no extras for this film, which shouldn’t shock you.

I can’t really even recommend a rental for this film. You have seen this all before and have seen it done better. Unless you are a hardcore fan of this type of film, skip it all together.

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