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Sorority Boys

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Starring: Harland Williams, Michael Rosenbaum
Director: Wallace Wolodarsky
Rated: R
RunTime: 96 Minutes
Release Date: March 2002
Genre: Comedy

*Also starring: Barry Watson, Heather Matarazzo, Melissa Sagemiller

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Review by Susan Granger
1½ stars out of 4

Tantalizing title, eh? Intriguing enough to get me into the cineplex, hoping that this might be more than a moronic comedy. Wrong! Of course, the target demographic audience is 18-30 year-olds - but even they weren't wildly amused with the sophomoric attempts at humor. The plot revolves around three Kappa Omicron Kappa (K.O.K.) brothers - Barry Watson, Michael Rosebaum and Harland Williams - who are unjustly accused of stealing the fraternity's "KOKtail Cruise" money and evicted. No police report is filed, however, nor is there an investigation. That would be too sensible. But the party-hearty studs know there's a video tape that will exonerate them stashed away in their fraternity - if only they can get in and find it. So the dimwits dress up as women and are invited by a myopic sorority president (Melissa Sagemiller) - without rushing or pledging - to live at the Delta Omicron Gamma (D.O.G) house whose feminist members are dismissed as ugly losers. Along with sex jokes and drug jokes, the humor pivots on cross-dressing dilemmas: stuffing bras, teetering in high heels and applying cosmetics. "Simpsons" TV comedy writer-turned-director Wally Wolodarsky accentuates negative stereotypes and shows remarkably little insight into human nature, utilizing a bumbling script by Joe Jarvis and Greg Coolidge. The guys-in-drag are never even remotely credible or convincing as gals. The original title was "Dog Catcher," taken from a boorish K.O.K. game that begins when someone shouts, "Dog catcher," throws a net over a D.O.G. member and dumps her outside. And can you guess that busty, braless coeds in translucent T-shirts will get sprayed with cold water? On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "Sorority Boys" is a callous, coarse, crude 4. "Tootsie" and "Some Like It Hot," it's not.

Copyright 2002 Susan Granger

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