Rites of Passage [Blu-ray]
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Lazy writing is particularly annoying here. By my count, at least 2 or 3 characters are just dropped, their fates never commented on.
Nathan invites the anthropology class out to the ranch while a bunch of crazy stuff is going on. Soon they all drink the Gypsum tea and all hell breaks loose.
The movie has some humorous moments, but is far from a comedy.
F-bomb, sex, no nudity but a lot of bikini/bra and panties stuff, derogatory toward Christianity in the beach scene. 3 1/2 stars
It ended up being all of these things, but it was also, against the odds, a whole bunch of fun.
It is difficult to quantify, but there is not usually a vast difference between the cheesy horror films that suck and those that work. It really just depends on personal preference. For me, it all boils down to how seriously the film takes itself. Is it trying to engage in thoughtful commentary about our society? Is there some higher message the film is attempting to force-feed its audience? If the answer to either or both of these questions is "yes" then I am probably going to hate the film.
Rites of Passage is one of those increasingly rare horror films that knows it is cheesy but never pretends to be anything other than mindless entertainment. For that reason, it manages to succeed.
Set in California and shot with the right equipment, Rites of Passage looks great on-screen. I had the fleeting thought at the onset "this might actually be okay." But when a blurb flashed across the screen about how students at UC Santa Barbara need 4.1 GPAs to be admitted to the college and it also ranks 4th in the nationwide party-school rankings, I had to roll my eyes.
You see, I recently graduated from the Number One party school in the nation (which no longer tops the charts now that I'm gone, *nudge, nudge* / *wink, wink*), so I was even more poised to watch the filmmakers screw up the movie with exaggerated Hollywood clichés about the college lifestyle.Read more ›
I was really sorry to see Kate Maberly end up in this debacle. She is a fine actor that should definitely be taking on far better roles than this creepy crappy thing had to offer.
In the end, no one could save this washout, because the film lacks any sense of virtue (or lack of virtue, for that matter; the film is such a mess). Guess it was a tragedy since almost all the characters end up dead.
The package says it lasts 102 minutes, but it seems a lot longer, and I felt relieved when it was finally over. Do yourself a favor and don't waste your time or your money on this one.
Not to give anything away,but here are some plot/development elements that informed my negative reception of this movie: entirely too many characters and insignificant subplots, no defined protagonists or any characters that you cared about or identified with, mostly undeveloped stock characters, no overriding message or morale, mystic Native American rituals without any explanation of their significance to the movie, and an imaginary talking monkey sock puppet (I couldn't make this stuff up if I wanted to). This film was like watching a LSD-induced visual interpretation of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" without the talent and genius of Freddie Mercury to bring it all together. Definitely, a BIG thumbs down!
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