Sundance Review: Spring Breakdown

By Josh Tyler 2009-01-17 16:51:43discussion comments
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After sitting through movies about suicidal cops and dead soldiers, a comedy, any comedy, is a relief. Even better if itís a comedy like Spring Breakdown; you know, actually funny.

It fits into the standard the standard geeky kids want to be cool comedy mold, except itís not kids itís Amy Poehler, Parker Posey, and Rachel Dratch. Theyíve been friends and nerds since college. Now theyíre in their thirties, still friends, still nerds, and living happy lives in houses full of pets. Posey works as a lowly office manager for a high-powered US Senator, but she gets a big break when sheís sent to watch over her politician bosses daughter at spring break in South Padre. Amy and Rachel tag along and soon theyíre lost in a drunken haze living out their cool kid fantasies while Parker tries to keep the bossís geeky daughter away from wet t-shirt contests.

The real revelation here is Rachel Dratch who, aside from her bizarre appearance, never really seemed to stand out during her time on SNL. Sheís fully unleashed on the bikini-littered Texas beach, stealing scenes and making out with twenty-something frat boys. Poehler delivers what youíd expect and Posey is somewhat underutilized as the groupís obligatory stick in the mud.

Spring Breakdown has no particular agenda other than to be flat out funny. Poehler wanders around with hot bikini girls and Rachel Dratch spends a lot of time drinking shots upside down. Itís entertaining and creative. Theyíre not reinventing anything here, but itís a better than sitting through The House Bunny if youíre out there looking for a healthy dose of comedy girl-power. Some chicks really are funny. Hey hereís three of them.
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