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College is a Drag

What do three chauvinistic fraternity members do when they’re kicked out of their house? Well, the answer is only obvious; they pledge a sorority.

The basis of the Touchtone Pictures film, “Sorority Boys,” written by Joe Jarvis and Greg Coolidge, is just another teen movie about college and the stupid things people do in college.

The plot begins with three members of Kappa Omicron Kappa fraternity who are thrown out of the K.O.K. house for allegedly stealing party funds. Strapped for cash, Dave (Barry Watson), Doofer (Harland Williams) and Adam (Michael Rosenbaum) find themselves drawn to one last, desperate hope for free housing: one of their campus’ sororities, Delta Omicron Gamma. Dave becomes Daisy and is soon feeling chemistry with the D.O.G. president, Leah (Melissa Sagemiller), who is an intellectual feminist. Life’s a drag as the boys see firsthand how the other half lives. Their history of treating women badly comes back to haunt them when they walk a mile in another’s [high-heeled] shoes. Among, the D.O.G.’s is the invaluable Heather Matarazzo (Katie), who now has a lock on the geeky plain girl roles.

There are some questions that the movie raises: How do the fraternity brothers not recognize their own friends in drag? How do the D.O.G. sisters think these are real women and are willing to pledge them on first sight? How can a father not realize that’s his own son is the one he’s trying to pick up?

This is definitely a movie that would be more appreciated by sorority sisters and fraternity brothers or even by someone who simply knows someone in a sorority or fraternity. There is more of a connection to the story line because perhaps those are the only people who understand what it is like and can see the humor in it.

Though it has its moments, most of the time you’re just laughing because they gags throughout the film are corny and stupid. The running time is 94 minutes and it’s a long 94 minutes.

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