Spring Breakdown (BD) [Blu-ray]
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Spring Breakdown (BD)
All-season comedy fun gets sprung in a big way when Saturday Night Live veterans Amy Poehler (Baby Mama), Rachel Dratch (I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry) and Will Arnett (Semi-Pro) gear up for one huge Spring Breakdown. Thirtysomething best friends Gayle (Poehler), Becky (Parker Posey) and Judi (Dratch) have always dreamed of being fabulous. But they never grew out of being geeks. So when Becky gets the opportunity to unofficially chaperone her boss daughter Ashley (Amber Tamblyn) to the college spring-break destination of South Padre Island, the ladies decide to turn their tragically unhip lives around and party with the beer-and-bikini set. Through keg-stands, hookups and foam parties, Becky, Gayle, Judi and Ashley are about to discover that its better to stand out than to fit in.]]>
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4.48 Ounces
- Item model number : 085391138914
- Director : Ryan Shiraki
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 24 minutes
- Release date : June 2, 2009
- Actors : Amy Poehler, Parker Posey, Rachel Dratch, Amber Tamblyn, Seth Meyers
- Subtitles: : French, Spanish, English
- Producers : Larry Kennar, Michael Rachmil, Rick Berg, Ryan Shiraki, Rachel Dratch
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B00000FA4U
- Writers : Ryan Shiraki, Rachel Dratch
- Number of discs : 1
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Kudos also to Amy Pohler, Seth Meyers, Missi Pyle, Jane Lynch, and Amber Tamblyn. Nope, the problem with SPRING BREAKDOWN isn't in front of the camera.
(I exempt Rachel Dratch from my kudos; her performance is less inspired. But she has story credit on the script, which explains her presence.)
The script is unfunny and unoriginal. I've seen this story many times before. Nerds grow up, and years later, are given a chance to prove themselves to be cool. ROMY AND MICHELLE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION comes to mind (same story, better film). Also shades of ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS; Parker Posey's nerdy, socially conscious character is similar to Saffie, Edina's nerdy, socially conscious daughter.
In SPRING BREAKDOWN, three nerdy friends from college, now in their 30s, go to spring break, to keep a Senator's nerdy daughter out of trouble.
In the end, we learn "a very important lesson": you should be yourself, and not care what other people think.
JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS (also featuring Posey) was a fresher comedy, in that it satirized old cliches like that.
SPRING BREAKDOWN is a meandering mess that parades tired old stereotypes. The anorexic cool girls, jokes about drinking -- LOTS of jokes in this film are based on contrasting the nerdy girls with drunken, messy people. Missi Pyle lies in a parking lot, drunk out of her mind. Rache Dratch wakes up among drunk guys in bed. Etc. etc.
Yes, old concepts can still be funny, if well handled. But there's no new twist or freshness in this film. You could write the script in your head.
This would have been a funnier film if this talented cast had tossed the script and improvised the comedy. Seriously. Posey's improvisations in Christopher Guest's mockumentaries are funnier than her character in SPRING BREAKDOWN.
Now I have work to do, but this provided an ideal mind-cleansing (as in, it emptied my brain of all thought, in a welcome way).
What a cast, The writers went south quickly on this one.
These fun actresses did everything they could to keep it going.
Rent before you buy.Worth a watch at least once.
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'Spring Breakdown' is also a film which seems to suffer from a short attention-span, with potentially comic and moving scenes alike (such as Dratch's closing speech to her fiancee), which are both poorly handled, and also swept over with unnecessary brevity. The film sometimes feels more like a series of skits, or would-be comic music videos, and it means that neither the film, nor its protagonists, ever materialise into anything particularly special. 'Spring Breakdown' is by no means a terrible movie. It's mildly entertaining, has a good heart and an uplifting message to it, and contains Rachel Dratch riding a giant stuffed chicken. It's just that it's all been done before, and much better. Too fast-paced, too short on laughs, and too weak in its characterisation. The film never breaks down, as such, but it does judder and stall with regularity.