“Frat Star” Review

18 January, 2017

Directors: Grant S. Johnson, Ippsie Jones
Screenwriter: Grant S. Johnson
Director of Photography: Carlos Garcia de Dios
Cast: Connor Lawrence, Justin Mark, Chris Elliott

Synopsis: A hard-working freshman enrolled at an Ivy League college is pressured by his roommate into joining a fraternity. Lacking confidence after a bad break-up, the newbie agrees to pledge but he’s shocked to discover the bizarre truth behind his new social life.

Frat Star Review:

A comedy with a clear vision but one that fails to amalgamate into an appetising whole, “Frat Star” is a Millennial muddle, built on hashtags, identity politics, and an anti-Trump rhetoric; a film allowing YOLO socks and ‘FRAT LIVES MATTER’ signs to haphazardly find their way on-set along with a bunch of cast members who can’t tell their right foot from their left. Despite being outrageous enough to tickle out a few laughs, “Frat Star” rarely holds onto its momentum as it clings onto a bitchy and abusive script that’s more suited to a high school drama than a campus mickey-take.

Revolving around an endless stream of petty insults, the movie allows endurance and outward appearance to fuel a competitive slut race as characters hook up merely to create drama, many removing their clothes before they even hold a conversation as they get freaky in ways that could only happen in a failing sex comedy. It’s during these moments that the plot congeals into a string of sex sessions as writer-director Grant S. Johnson tries and fails to be controversial, lazily flinging half-assed ideas into the fire and sitting back perversely to watch his own self-made orgy.

While newcomer Justin Mark tries his absolute best to give an electric performance as the eccentric roommate who peer pressures the story into existence, his efforts are always in vain in a movie that’s emotionally severed due to its no-holds-barred approach. “Frat Star” features some brief moments of genius during its hazing period but it was clearly beaten to the punch by last year’s fraternity hell movie “Goat” which saw a group of freshers going through a lot worse in a bid to join their college brotherhood. Nowhere near as daring and clearly made by a less experienced director, “Frat Star” is a forgettable alternative to Andrew Neel’s movie and it feels like a party that no one was invited to, including the creators themselves.

 

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