As dumb as Sorority Boys looks, it somehow manages to be worse. The premise is that three frat boys dress up in drag and pretend to be women. For whatever reason, nobody realizes they are in actuality men, although they look nothing like women. This movie is nothing more than an excuse for an exercise in crudeness, misogynistic humor, nudity, and cross-dressing, with the required moral ending to try to redeem the entire debacle. If it's any consolation, there are a couple semi-amusing moments in the movie. Everything else wallows in the gutter, held together by a plot that sporadically emerges. It all begins when three frat members of Kappa Omicron Kappa (get it?) are kicked out because they embezzled money from the social funds. The thing is, they didn't. They join Delta Omicron Gamma (ooh, another clever zinger) to try to figure out how to get hold of a tape that exonerates them.
Dave (Barry Watson, Ocean's 11, Teaching Mrs. Tingle), Adam (Michael Rosenbaum, Rave Macbeth, Sweet November) and Doofer (Harland Williams, Freddy Got Fingered, The Whole Nine Yards) decide to stay with DOG only because they are offering free room and board for new pledges. DOG is the ugly sorority, whose members include a giantess, a woman with a moustache (French, of course), a girl who screams and laughs strangely (a waste of a role for Heather Matarazzo, The Princess Diaries, Company Man), and other assorted freakish things that writers Joe Jarvis and Greg Coolidge presumably found funny. The leader of DOG is Leah (Melissa Sagemiller, Soul Survivors, Get Over It), a beautiful girl who's only fault is that she's independent and thinks. KOK hates DOG, mainly because they are ugly.
Now, Dave, Adam and Doofer, rechristened as Daisy, Adina, and Roberta, get to experience first hand what it feels like to be treated like crap. Guess what? They don't like it. They are women, and they are ugly, and their old frat is treating the exactly the same as the way they used to treat most women. At the same time, Dave is falling for Leah, because she is not like a typical sorority girl. She has a brain, and he can talk about anything with her. Leah finds herself strangely drawn to Daisy. These gentler elements fall to the wayside, with the brunt of director Wallace Wolodarsky's (Coldblooded) focused on the plight of the men dressed as women. They need to worry about things like makeup, walking in heels, and how good their butt looks. After arguing about clothes and make up, every once in a while they try to think about how to get that tape back.
It's almost forgivable that Sorority Boys is so crude. Apparently, that's all the rage these days in comedy, although the phenomenon is fading a little as audiences tire. Did anybody really need another sodomy joke, or erection sight gag? Did anybody need one in the first place? Watching men in drag is only funny for a couple minutes. This movie as a whole is tiresome and becomes dull. What is not forgivable is that Sorority Boys is not funny. Watson, Rosenbaum, and Williams don't really do anything. They put on women's clothes and do their best to act initially horrified, then sympathetic. Everybody is so flat in terms of personality and brains. These college students exist mainly in movies. Hopefully, they will stay there.
|Haro Rates It: Pretty Bad.|
|1 hour, 34 minutes, Rated R for crude sexual humor, nudity, strong language, and some drug use.|
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