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Review: Brotherhood

Mar. 10, 2011by: Chris Bumbray
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PLOT: As the final stage of initiation into a prestigious college fraternity, pledges are instructed to don a mask and rob a convenience store. Of course, the ritual is bogus, with each pledge being stopped before going through with the crime. Naturally, the plan goes awry, with pledge Kevin (Lou Taylor Pucci) actually robbing a store, and taking a bullet in the shoulder from the frightened clerk. Now, pledge-master Frank (Jon Foster), and newbie Adam (Trevor Morgan) must not only somehow figure out how-to get Kevin to a hospital without arising police suspicion, but also keep the clerk from implicating the frat into a crime.

REVIEW: BROTHERHOOD is a film I have wildly conflicting feelings about. Admittedly, its a very entertaining film, with director Will Canon really showing some flair behind the camera. It helps that it also runs a very lean 76 minutes, and is perfectly paced. On the negative side; I actively loathed every single character in the film, and was actually rooting for each and every member of the frat to end up cooling their jets in prison. Not some moderately friendly SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION-style prison either, mind you. No, I wanted each of these assholes to end up in OZ- preferably with Vern Schilinger, Chris Keller or Adebesi as a roomie (to all of you NOT familiar with that brilliant HBO show- get to a video store pronto!)


Then again, maybe thats the point, and if the issue was to shine a light on how stupid frat-boys are: mission accomplished. My only issue with this notion is that it felt like we, the audience, are being manipulated into sympathizing with Adam, the protagonist, whos supposed to be the nice frat boy. To me, though, he was just as bad as the rest. When Kevin, whos supposed to be his best friend, takes a bullet to the shoulder, hes too easily convinced by the charismatic Frank to bring Kevin back to the frat house (which, naturally, is in the middle of a wild party) rather than a hospital. Now, if Adam had any kind of backbone, he would have fessed up and done what was best for his friend, rather than get sucked into some elaborate cover up which hasnt a hope in hell of working.

Eventually, things go from bad to worse, with the frat boys going so far as to kidnap the convenience store clerk (Arlen Escarpeta) who happens to be an old high-school pal of Adams. They eventually end up taking him to the basement of the frat house where the rest of the boys take turns torturing the clerk. Naturally, theres a southern frat boy who- in a bit of a gross stereotype, turns out to be a closet racist, and takes glee in torturing the black clerk.


At this point, the film was getting to be a little much, but even at its most outlandish; I must admit I was entertained. Jon Foster and Trevor Morgan are quite good in the lead roles- despite the fact that I loathed the characters they were playing. But, once again, perhaps that was the point. If theres a good side to college fraternities, you wont see it here, and this is a pretty damning indictment of the new generation of college students. In a really disturbing scene, an overweight girl is horribly humiliated, and sodomized by a frat boy. In a twist that really bugged me, were supposed to believe that not only did she opt to stay at the frat party, but even slept with another frat boy later. WTF?

All in all, I was entertained by BROTHERHOOD, but I was angered by the frat boy lifestyle thats presented, although- to be fair, its hardly indicative of EVERY frat house out there. My best friend lived with some frat boys in university, and they were a bunch of great guys who would have gladly beaten some sense into the idiots portrayed here. Sadly, they may have been the exception, and NOT the rule. If this is the future of Americas youth, were all screwed.

Source: Joblo.com

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7:29AM on 03/11/2011
i saw this film a few months ago at a film festival. thought it was really entertaining and well paced (as mentioned in the review above). i for one, didn't have a problem with the characters being assholes. the film is clever and exciting and i recommend people to check it out, at least at some point, if not in theaters
i saw this film a few months ago at a film festival. thought it was really entertaining and well paced (as mentioned in the review above). i for one, didn't have a problem with the characters being assholes. the film is clever and exciting and i recommend people to check it out, at least at some point, if not in theaters
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1:19AM on 03/11/2011
Im a frat boy, and this kinda of thing/guys is few and far between. Well at least it was in the 90's, not sure about today. I'd say their are about 60% good dudes in Frats and 40% are Shitbags and Assjacks.
Im a frat boy, and this kinda of thing/guys is few and far between. Well at least it was in the 90's, not sure about today. I'd say their are about 60% good dudes in Frats and 40% are Shitbags and Assjacks.
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5:55PM on 03/10/2011
Trevor Morgan wasn't in Unbreakable. That was Spencer Treat Clark. Trevor Morgan was William H. Macy and Tea Leoni's kid in Jurassic Park 3.
Trevor Morgan wasn't in Unbreakable. That was Spencer Treat Clark. Trevor Morgan was William H. Macy and Tea Leoni's kid in Jurassic Park 3.
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10:57AM on 03/10/2011

Sounds Promising

Sometimes its nice to watch a film that doesn't have a single redeemable character- because to be honest that's more realistic in some instances. I can't find this as being released on video, on VOD or in theaters- so where do I find it? And why review it now?
Sometimes its nice to watch a film that doesn't have a single redeemable character- because to be honest that's more realistic in some instances. I can't find this as being released on video, on VOD or in theaters- so where do I find it? And why review it now?
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2:47PM on 03/10/2011
Yeah- it's on VOD.
Yeah- it's on VOD.
10:45AM on 03/10/2011

"Get to a video store pronto!"

Do those even exist anymore? And if they did, would they have "Oz"?

I have never even heard of this movie, but I certainly won't be spending $12 to see 76 minutes in a theater. I will wait for it to come out at the video store... Or Netflix.
Do those even exist anymore? And if they did, would they have "Oz"?

I have never even heard of this movie, but I certainly won't be spending $12 to see 76 minutes in a theater. I will wait for it to come out at the video store... Or Netflix.
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