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Spring Breakdown
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06.19.2009 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Ryan Shiraki

Actors:
Amy Poehler
Parker Posey
Rachel Dratch

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Three geeky girls get a chance to redo their college years when one of them gets assigned to watch over a Senatorís daughter during spring break.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Iíve been a big fan of Amy Poehlerís for a while and I was happy to see her get notoriety for her work with Tina Fey. However, that kind of backfired on her because now people say she canít be funny without Tina, which is not true. I wouldnít say I was looking forward to SPRING BREAKDOWN, but I was eager to see if Amy could provide enough laughs in the film to help her prove her critics wrong.

This isnít going to be that film, but what I can say is that itís not that bad. At least, itís not as bad as you probably think itís going to be. Itís a simplistic story and feels very B-movie-ish, but I found it moderately enjoyable, thanks in large part to Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch. The film gets away from itself when it tries to work in a talent show plot at the very end. The three leads provided all the laughs and there was never a reason to divert from them. The subplot with the Senatorís daughter was a distraction and felt unnecessary. And why didnít they use Will Arnett more? The guy is hilarious and couldíve really added some laughs to the film.

I did like how each girl gets wrapped up in a certain aspect of spring break. Of course, I liked Poehlerís the best (by the way; Amy Poehler looks great in a bikini) and thought the jokes with her and ďthe 7ísĒ (the popular girls) were the funniest. Dratch has a tendency to annoy me, but I laughed any time she got drunk, which was often. And Posey didnít have much to do, but once they turned her loose, she was fun.

Despite the positives, the film canít escape what it really is; a B-movie. Therefore, we had the normal, awkward pauses and filler material that diminishes the final product. Shiraki didnít do a bad job, but with a little more talent and a more polished script, this could have been a much better film.

Also, as a side note, on the bottom of the cover it says ďPaybackís a beach!Ē Thatís confusing because no one in the film really gets ďpaid backĒ. I donít even thing tagline writers are trying anymore.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Ryan Shiraki and Rachel Dratch: This is a pretty good commentary track. Ryan and Rachel have a good rapport and itís fun to listen to them talk about the film. Aside from a few dry spells, this is well worth the listen.

Deleted Scenes (2:51): These were pretty short and theyíre actually extended scenes rather than deleted scenes. They all deserved to be cut.

Gag Reel (2:03): Not really a gag reel, just a bunch of line flubs. Blah.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I did find myself laughing a few times and if youíre a fan of any of the three leads, I think there will be enough in here to make it worth your while. If not, then I donít think youíre missing too much by not seeing this one.
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