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From the guy who brought you The Mummy and Deep Rising!
on December 30, 2001
Yup, this movie is the first to be written and directed by Stephen Sommers, famed writer/director of The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, Deep Rising, and more. That alone should tell you what to expect, because Sommers' sense of humor is present throughout this film. Mind you, he filmed it entirely with independent funding and so you can pretty much expect minimal special effects (almost none, to be honest), but it's definitely fun to watch.
The story is a rather forumla plot, though with a few twists that make it at least a little different. Melissa Hanson (played by the talented but largely unsung Loryn Locklin) is trying to raise money to save her high school from being closed down by the school board but no one will help her. Dylan Malone (Matt Lattanzi) is a smart-but-poor high school student who earns money by drag-racing. Together, he and Melissa hatch a plot to save the school by racing for cash on the school's dime.
But you don't watch this movie for the plot alone. The sense of humor--which is pure camp, and hilarious for it--is what really makes this film. (Listen for the same kid shouting "Knock it off, you butthead!" at every new scene in the school, for example)
If you like Stephen Sommers, you may like this movie. Trust me. :)