WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Before he became J-Lo's pussy-whipped beeyatch (props to the Arrow), Ben Affleck starred in this "coming of age" film about a bunch of college grads who decide to stick around their school town for another year to soak up more of the best years of their lives. Broken hearts and broken bottles abound.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I don't really have to get into much detail about what this film is about, but it involves a bunch of young guys, lots of booze, a bunch of girlfriends and some soul-searching. Needless to say, you can pretty much figure the rest out yourself. Pretty basic parts of any college film except this one manages to gain a bit on the novelty side through some faces that weren't familiar then (1996), but that are pretty common now. You have Ben Affleck, before he became a wooden bore as a lead being seconded by French Stewart, a man who would have stopped being funny about five years ago if only...he'd ever begun. The good part is that you also have Matt McConaughey as a sleazy used car salesman with a polyester suit and a penchant for the bottle, Matt Damon as a compulsive jerk-off and Brendan Fraser and the foxy Leah Remini as a quarreling couple. Throw in the adorable Alyssa Milano as the cute girl (boy, there's a stretch) and Gimli the Dwarf (John-Rhys Davis) and you've got yourself a recipe for a pretty lighthearted good time that you'll forget about twenty minutes after you watch it.
Aside from Affleck, as the suburbanite Rebel, and Stewart, as the perennial student, the frat gang is also made up of the former computer geek turned drunkard (Vien Hong), the confused Rastafarian comic-book artist (Vinnie DeRamus) and the tamed lady-killer (Sam Rockwell). Again, you'll find there's not much new and unfortunately, not much chemistry between any of the characters while their "reasons for being" is never fully understood. On the bright side though, a couple of laughs are sprinkled throughout and Affleck's hair is pretty rotten. You also get to see a few college cuties including one who takes her top off to reveal gigantic breasties. A bit of cool rock music is tossed into the fray as well and seeing as I was drunk off my ass when I watched it, I sort of fell into the mood a bit. I can pretty much see how a bunch of guys would have fun watching this together with a couple of kegs of beer and memories of college, very unlike the movies. A fun and forgettable time.
This is as bare bones as it gets. The trailer isn't even on it, although you will find the trailers for three other movies.
Decent rental to watch with a few of your friends and it would probably be much better if there weren't other, funnier versions of the same type of film out there. I doubt I would hunt you down with a crossbow if I found out you bought it, but maybe a slingshot.