Senior Skip Day


by Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

Senior Skip Day is a straight-to-DVD high school comedy.

Our hero is a nice kid, a low-profile senior who has no problem fitting in, but inadvertently makes himself a pariah when he accidentally blabs the time and location of senior skip day to the principal. The only way he can make up for it is to hold the event at his own house and make it the best gosh-darn party in the history of the universe. He's an enterprising kid, so he finally figures out how to prime the party pump with booze, music and beautiful babes, thanks to his friends, a helpful convict (Clint Howard), a cool mom (Leah Thompson), and some sympathetic professional escorts. While he works to build up the party's momentum, the villainous principal (Larry Miller) will stop at nothing to find the missing seniors and make their lives miserable.

As you can see from the description, the central plot is not so original. It's basically a hybrid of Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Superbad. There is a also crazy sub-plot about a young cancer victim who died in one of those make-a-wish projects, his final dream being to parachute from an airplane. The sub-plot is integral to the main plot in that the seniors use the boy's funeral as an excuse to leave school. Needless to say, by the time the martinet of a principal has tracked them down, they really are at the funeral. I mention this because the victim was a black kid and the film devotes considerable running time to a highly theatrical funeral, which includes a hip-hop eulogy delivered by a gangsta who raps a truly obscene lament for the dead boy, while the audience moves their shoulders and grooves along. I did laugh at several of the lines in his rap, but I have to admit that some of the funeral scenes made me a little uncomfortable. The screenwriter tried to walk a fine line between "edgy" and "racist," and I'm not sure he always managed to stay on that line.

Setting that aside, I enjoyed this film. Not everything in the film works, but the thing that pulls it all together is the lead, Gary Lundy, who was cast perfectly in the Pinto/Bueller role as a kid who is neither an outsider not a member of the in crowd, but simply a resourceful and likeable guy who wants to fit in fairly well without compromising who he really is. He's not nerdy looking, but he's not movie star handsome. He's everyman. He's us. Lundy spends the entire film making asides to the audience which cannot be heard by cast members who are obviously within hearing distance. It's the same sort of  convention one might see in an Elizabethan play. He breaks down the fourth wall in more ways than that. During his asides he actually comments on the film itself, explaining for example that his high school has the same stock characters and situations as all the other movie high schools: he has secretly been in love since middle school with the prettiest girl in school, who is currently dating the quarterback, and the school is filled with iconoclastic teachers (Norm MacDonald), stoners, vegan activists who secretly crave meat, and a principal cut from the same cloth as Dean Wormer. The film goes so far across the fourth wall that the lead actor and actress talk in one scene as Gary Lundy and Kayla Ewell rather than as their characters, and they spat a bit about the kissing they did in rehearsal. You know what? As clumsy as that sounds on paper, Lundy is so sympathetic in the role that he manages to make that scene and all of his Shakespearian asides completely charming.


* widescreen anamorphic

* whatever







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4.2 IMDB summary (of 10)





Dita De Leon shows her breasts as a professional escort demonstrating her implants.

Jessica Morris dances topless.

An unidentified large-breasted girl at the pool party walks out of the water in a wet shirt with no bra beneath.


Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:


Not original enough to be a genre classic or even a theatrical release, but still a watchable genre flick.