Starring Mike Vogel, Vince Vieluf, Adam Brody, Joey Kern, Jennifer Morrison, Randy Quaid, Christopher McDonald, Bam Margera
Directed By: Casey La Scala
Studio: Warner Bros. 4 Skater buddies who just graduated
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4 Skater buddies who just graduated high school think they got what it takes to get sponsored and be on a skateboarding tour so they decide to follow another pro skater’s tour in hope of getting signed and becoming big stars. Eric (Mike Vogel) is the best out of all of them and has the desire to skateboard professionally and not be sucked in the college thing. Dustin (The O.C.’s Adam Brody) wants to go to college but gets dragged along for the ride and gets convinced to skateboard instead. Matt is the annoying friend (Vince Vieluf) who’s just wants to have a good time and skate. Sweet Lou (Joey Kern) does his best Matthew McConaughey impression and is the stud of the group. I liked the characters that Mike Vogel and Adam Brody played but the other two I didn’t.
I think the character of Matt was sooo obnoxious and annoying that he ruined the movie for me. It was like he was trying too hard to be funny and was just over the top. Now for Sweet Lou, I thought his type of character had been done in every teen movie and was just added in to balance out the other geeks in the group. Some of his lines made me cringe, like when he used himself in third person. Though his character wasn’t that bad compared to Matt. There’s a lot of cameos in the movie as well from professional skaters (some even were stunt doubles for the actors), actors like Bob Goldthwait, Tom Green, Dave Foley, and people from Jackass. Besides the cameos with actors & skaters, there was a lot of hot Playboy models and other good looking women in the film as well. That was certainly a bonus from a guy’s perspective. I didn’t have a problem with the direction that much but some scenes could have been edited out like Matt’s parents being clowns deal. I didn’t care for his character to begin with so I wasn’t interested in his parents either. It wasn’t really necessary to put them in the film other than to show where he got his goofiness from. Another thing not necessary was the dancing routine at the fancy party. The guys sneak into a skateboarder party with hot chicks, expensive wine, the whole deal and what do they do, they start this lame dance routine and eventually get kicked out. It was just lame.
As for the extras, there really isn’t that much on here that’s too exciting. I listened to the audio commentary on and off to see what they were saying about the movie and it actually sounded funnier than the movie itself. They were making fun of themselves and I believe even the movie, basically saying no one has seen the film. There’s a Donnas’ music video for the movie and that’s cool, I like the Donnas…well 3 of them anyway hehe. They play some catchy punk rock. Adam Brody was saying the cast did the music video, and the Donnas didn’t know who they were, and they didn’t know who the Donnas were or something along those lines. The last of the extras is a theatrical trailer and that sums up the extras. The audio commentary is the highlight of the extras department.
The movie does have some laughs in it and I think mainly teenage skater kids will enjoy this movie. But I really didn’t think this movie was all that great and you can even sense in the actors voices in the audio commentary that it wasn’t the best. One’s thing for sure though, the movie is no Gleaming the Cube!
– Commentary by Director Casey La Scala, Adam Brody, Vince Vieluf and Joey Kern
– The Donnas Too Bad About Your Girl Music Video
– Theatrical Trailer
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color Standard 1.33:1 Color
Favorite Scenes: “um, wanna make out?”
Rating: Rated PG-13
Running Time: 105 minutes