This Freshman farce could only aspire to being sophomoric

Freshman Orientation

on August 31, 2007 by Chad Greene
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Hey, remember how hot Queer Eye for the Straight Guy was, like, four years ago?

Maybe the plot of Freshman Orientation —straight guy tries to get the girl by pretending to like the boys—seemed fresh back when writer/director Ryan Shiraki started shooting this long-on-the-shelf campus comedy. Back then the idea of a heterosexual dude (Sam Huntington) becoming more attractive to the girl of his dreams (Kaitlin Doubleday) after getting a makeover from a homosexual man (John Goodman) might have still seemed funny. But the years have not been kind to this held-back Freshman .

(And let's talk about those “dreams.” The first time the heterosexual dude in question, Clay, sees Amanda from across the dance floor at a house party, he immediately imagines her staring lovingly into his eyes and whispering the words “do me in the butt.” Not exactly a textbook example of a true love worth rooting for.)

But it's the inferior filmmaking and the amateurish acting that assure Freshman Orientation 's clunker status, with only old pros Goodman and Rachel Dratch able to rise above the shoddy script and create comedy. Theatres showing it will likely have as many conspicuously empty seats as the classrooms and barrooms in this picture, which was apparently shot on such a shoestring that they couldn't even get enough extras to fill a set.
Distributor: Regent
Cast: Sam Huntington, Kaitlin Doubleday, Mike Erwin, Marla Sokoloff, Heather Matarazzo, Jud Tylor, Bryce Johnson, John Goodman and Rachel Dratch
Director/Screenwriter: Ryan Shiraki
Producers: Dan Halstead, Stavros Merjos, Adam Rosenfelt , Malcom Petal, Matthew Rhodes and Judd Payne
Genre: Comedy
Rating: R for strong sexual content, language and some drug use
Running time: 92 min.
Release date: August 31, 2007 LA, September exp.
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