The Weekend


by Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

The Weekend comes from the "one spring night in senior year of high school" genre, which must have hit a new height in popularity in 2007 with Superbad. This film isn't as funny as Superbad or even very funny at all. It's a comedy in the sense that the story of a booze-filled high school party, when told accurately, will include some funny episodes, but the real heart of the movie is developed through an ensemble character study. In that respect it is less like Superbad than an updated version of Dazed and Confused.

It's not a high-energy film, nor a screwball comedy, nor filled with showy set pieces nor zany stereotypes.  It's a small movie which covers well-worn territory, but I liked the characters and was interested in their stories. Above all, I liked the basic honesty of the presentation. It takes the basic premise (rich kid has a party at his house, invites pretty much everyone) and follows it through with real people doing what they really would do in that situation. Just about everything in this film could occur a shown here, and within the same time frame. Some of the kids are good kids, but they get in trouble and do stupid things. Some of the kids are jocks, some nerds, but they don't really get into any conflicts or ridicule one another. They just sort of steer clear of one another and congregate in their own groups, as they would in real life. As in many high school comedies, there are some stoners, there's some T&A, and there are some assholes who prank the youngest guy, but those events and characters are completely credible and just provide the background atmosphere within which the main characters interact. Even though there's plenty of alcohol at the party, and emotions occasionally run high, all of the kids act the way sensible suburban kids would, and not that way kids normally act in high school movies. It's not just the kids who are drawn from real life. During the evening and the next day, the parents react almost exactly as you would expect in the circumstances. Some are cooler than others, as would be true in reality, but all seem like genuine parents.

The story even offers some plausible and nuanced surprises. For example, the cool rich kid, best looking guy in school, is a virgin, and his buddy is too shy to make a move on a pretty girl who's obviously interested -  but the nerdy couple have been having sex for a year!

It is the natural tendency of a writer to create a debut with splashy, memorable, colorful archetypes, so I have to give a tip o' the cap to the first-time writer/director of this film for populating his maiden effort with well developed, multi-dimensional characters instead of Stiflers and Spicolis. I also extend that hat-tip a little longer for his ability to find unknown actors with the right personalities and the acting chops to deliver his characters they way he wrote them, low-key and authentic. I have to admit that as I started watching it, I kept wanting it to be bigger, funnier, zanier, and more outrageous. As the story unfolded, however, I accepted it for what it was and, although I had never heard of the film or anybody involved with it until I actually watched it, ended up liking this movie very much. It's one of the more enjoyable straight-to-vid films I've seen in the past couple of years.


* widescreen anamorphic








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4.5 IMDB summary (of 10)
  I think people were disappointed that it is not really a zany sex comedy, as implied by the DVD box. I scored it a seven.


Box Office Mojo. It was budgeted at $47 million for production, and the distribution/advertising costs are estimated around $30 million. It did nine million in its first five days, in 2400 theaters. (On the average, the studios get about 55% of box office receipts, the theater owners 45%.)


  • Lindsey Vuolo showed her ample chest in an aborted sex scene.

Our Grade:

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It surprised the hell out of me.