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Movie Review: Senior Skip Day

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A film about the customs and traditions of high school seniors and teenage antics, Senior Skip Day is one of many movies that Comedy Central airs once every month. It has all the pieces necessary for a young adult comedy: loud music, alcohol, and a pinch of lustful romance. However, it isn't a ride one should look forward to.

I took off on Tara Reid commenting how her little brother's allegedly delusional actions were "…so Ferris Bueller's Day Off." At that point I was sold because I assumed it was actually National Lampoon's Van Wilder Goes to College. It wasn't until the characters were introduced that I realized it was just as ridiculous.

Gary Lundy, who plays the nerdy Adam Harris, seems to have a New York accent. In addition, his role seems drastically similar to the type of role that Woody Allen typically plays. At least he wasn't the producer of the film; otherwise, he would have been completely duplicating Allen's ways. Speaking directly to the audience is often risky, but at least Woody Allen initially pulled the technique off. Perhaps it was just a play-on-film.

The characterizations in this movie are awful. Moreover, it lacks imagery,  although imagery isn't necessary in a film like this. I understand the genre and how the goal of the movie is typically overrated but a little effort to get through to any given audience, like any filmmaker would consider, would have been nice. I laughed at the romance like it was satire. It probably was, but if it wasn't, I still laughed — at it, not with it. It's laden with stereotypical portrayals, and I'm not referring to the African-American family.

Aside from their constant asides, the comedy was like any other Comedy Central movie — destitute of meaning, predictable, but a good chuckle, Senior Skip Day was a great try. Its only purpose is to serve as an inside joke to fecklessly laugh at with a skeptical group of friends who were fortunate enough to watch and critique this unfortunate piece. Not to mention Jerod and Jamal Mixon.

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About Sarah Estime

Sarah Estime is an aircraft mechanic in the United States Air Force. When she is not working her day job, she is composing works related to young adult, humor, and experimental drama. She has been published by the "African American Review," Canadian literary magazine "What If?" and photography litmag "BurnerMag."