Touchstone Pictures // 2002 // 94 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Judge Patrick Naugle // October 30th, 2002
The only way to become one of the boys again...is to become one of the girls.
In the tradition of Some Like It Hot, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Tootsie comes the story of three girls...who are really three guys. After rowdy and raunchy frat brothers Dave (Barry Watson, TV's 7th Heaven), Adam (Michael Rosenbaum, TV's Smallville) and Doofer (Harland Williams, TV's The Geena Davis Show) are expelled from their fraternity because it's assumed they stole the group's savings for the year end dance, the boys are left with no other alternative but to dress as women to prove their innocence. Once in drag the three goons pledge the sorority of the DOGs (get it? "Dogs!"), a house filled with homely outcast women including their "ugly-but-really-pretty-underneath-her-glasses" leader Leah (Melissa Sagemiller, Soul Survivors) whom Dave takes a liking to. Soon Dave (now known as "Daisy"), Doofer ("Roberta"), and Adam ("Adena") are plucking their eyebrows, giving each other facials, and doing all sorts of feminine activities in an effort to fool the girls into thinking they're really women! As the night of the big dance approaches, our hapless heroes must find a way to win back their fraternity and -- get ready to say "awwwww" -- learn how to tolerate the unique differences in all of us.
Sorority Boys is one of the most disposable movies I've seen in quite some time. Was society really yearning for another drag comedy, this time featuring college guys in miniskirts? After polling my friends (i.e., Frank and Gary), I discovered that no, America wasn't clamoring for a "teenage" Tootsie. But, here it is in all its splendid glory: director Wally Wolodarsky's Sorority Boys. The film answers the age-old question, "What would Star Wars have been like had the fight scenes utilized neon dildos instead of light sabers?" In fact, Sorority Boys features more male genitalia (rubber and otherwise) than a Ron Jeremy flick. Is this funny? I guess, in a watered down, American Pie sort of way. I'd be lying out my teeth if I told you I didn't chuckle a few times at the stupid absurdity of the guy's predicaments; when Adam/Adena shows up with crusted semen on his dress from an unintentional rendezvous from the night before, "Roberta" asks him what it is. "Um, gum," he responds. "What flavor was it?" quips Harland's character, "Big juicy c**k?" Moments like these got me, though they were few and far between. Mostly Sorority Boys is a compiling of jokes about girl's boobs, getting hit in the nuts, and the guys trying to keep their wigs from falling off. In other words, nothing we haven't seen before. The lead actors are all apt in their roles with the spacey Harland Williams tossing off (pun intended) the best one-liners. If the film stretches for its comedy, it stretches even harder for its realism -- not one of these guys would pass for a women even in a room full of blind men. But that's the supposed fun of the film; the audience enters some alternate reality where everyone on campus seems oblivious to the fact that these monstrosities are really females. Sorority Boys is worth seeing if every other cross-dressing comedy has been rented out -- otherwise, stick with a film that doesn't include vibrator-flying-through-a-window gags.
Sorority Boys is presented in a fine looking 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Since this is a newly released feature, I wasn't surprised to find the black levels, colors, and flesh tones all accurately represented and very solid. Overall, this is a very nice transfer by Buena Vista. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and supports the film well. The directional effects and surround sounds are heavy whenever the rock and roll soundtrack kicks in. Otherwise, this is a front heavy mix that features clear dialogue, effects, and music. Also included on this disc are English and Spanish subtitles.
The extra features on Sorority Boys are fairly slim -- two featurettes are included: "Boys Will Be Girls" and "All the Angles." The first is a fluffy promotional piece that includes the requisite interviews of the cast and crew. The second is a silly little multi-angle deal that lets you see the making of the film through the eyes of various crewmembers. Both of these are better-than-expected extras for a film of this magnitude. Also included on this disc are trailers for the films Big Trouble and David Blaine: Fearless.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Touchstone Pictures
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
Running Time: 94 Minutes
Release Year: 2002
MPAA Rating: Rated R
* "Boys Will Be Girls" Featurette
* "All the Angles" Multi-Filmmaker Points-of-View
* Two Theatrical Trailers
* Dos and Dont's of Cross-Dressing