Daria - Is It College Yet?
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All vile things must come to an end, and for Daria Morgendorffer that means it's time to look beyond high school to college. Our little girl has grown up so fast. It's time for higher learning, lowered expectations, and a heavy dose of sarcasm in this special movie presentation. Follow Daria as she visits a college campus, councils her friend Jane, sets things straight with her boyfriend Tom, and comforts her sister Quinn in a college controversy of her own. Dimwitted quarterback Kevin keeps his future plans a secret, but there's no silencing Brittany's dream of cheerleading in the big leagues. It's classic Daria melancholy as she considers her new path to higher learning. Life can't suck more after high school, can it?
- Two Bonus Episodes - "Boxing Daria" and "Lucky Strike"
- Character Sketches
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The movie basically deals with Daria applying for college, including Bromwell, where her boyfriend, Tom is all but a shoo in. Daria, meanwhile, seems ambivalent about Bromwell...albeit still frustrated at how easily Tom seems to fall in line with family conventions. Surprisingly, Daria does not find it so easy to get into Bromwell, despite her obvious intelligence. However, she soon finds herself not all that upset, and is accepted to Raft College. The whole experience ends up affecting Tom and Daria's relationship and, in a mature decision not seen on many shows aimed at the teen set, they eventually, without screaming and bitching and hating - due to the changes being at two different schools and life in general - decide to part but promise to stay in touch to "compare notes", as Tom puts it, as friends.
Jane, meanwhile, has her own issues of whether to go to college at all and dealing with Trent's unexpected derision and lack of support of such a move. Does he not believe in Jane? Of course not. Come to find out, Trent is afraid of being the last one standing, so to speak, being alone as Jane leaves him behind to make something of her art. Happily, Jane makes sure her brother knows she will always be there for him - and even makes him the de facto Lane family representative to cheer her on at graduation!
Jane and Daria also manage to hang out, making the most of the time left before departing Lawndale. Luckily for them, their schools turn out to be in the same town...and the promise of future adventures together is assured. Yay.
Surprisingly, the movie also focuses on how Kevin's utter lack of interest in ANYTHING except football has cost him and cost him dearly: Come to find out, he will not be graduating. I find this a bit surprising, being a cartoon, that everyone does not get the "happy, happy" treatment/ending, but it is just another example of how great "Daria" is, and does not stick to the predictable road. Naturally, Kevin tries to adjust as he realizes that Brittany will even be leaving him behind for college [yes, I was shocked that any college accepted Brittany, but there it is!].
Add in Quinn meeting a new friend who may have an issue with alcohol all while facing that she will soon be a senior, and she and the Fashion Club soon find themselves examining their own goals, and she also gets fair airtime. Lindy, the new friend, seemed a bit broadly handled, but it was handled realistically in a sad way, with Quinn being her friend, but Lindy refusing to admit she has a problem. Sometimes, things are left hanging...
All the other Lawndale residents are featured: Jodie, Mack, the faculty, and there is a very surprising yet amusing ending for UpChuck and Goth Girl Andrea! And the ending with Daria's speech with an ode to pizza - is spot on.
On the DVD, as with IIFY, there are two prior episodes before "IICY", arguably two of the very best in the show's history: "Lucky Strike" - where the teachers strike and Daria is forced to play teacher - and "Boxing Daria" - where a simple refrigerator box digs up some past demons for Daria and gives the viewer insight into Daria's inner self. It was the final "regular" episode of "Daria" and - if IICY did not happen - still a WONDERFUL wrap up of the series. Be warned, though, as with the music in the extra episodes on the "IIFY" DVD, the music has sadly been edited. (The original song at the end of "Boxing Daria" over the credits, for instance, was "(Absolutely) Story of A Girl" by Nine Days, which I missed a lot. Fitting song title, huh?)
There is also an Easter Egg of Daria during her days tormenting those two idiots, Beavis and Butthead!
Why does this merit four instead of five stars, you ask? For some reason, unlike the prior movie "Is It Fall Yet?" that was uncut, "Is It College Yet?" is the edited TV broadcast version. It also gets four stars because it was the end! <Sob!> But the edited version - when the full length version should not be hard for MTV to find - forces me to look upon this DVD a bit less enthusiastically.
But hey, it's still "Daria", so it is still worth owning. So, buy and enjoy! Or wait for the Complete Series set on May 11th. Both movies are included. Of note, however, I am unsure if it will be this edited version or if MTV will right its wrong and find the uncut edition. Here's hoping it is the latter, not former!