Cinema Connoisseur: Dorm Daze 2 promotes awareness, tits
In Dorm Daze 2, a group of college students have the opportunity to spend a semester studying while on a cruise ship. When not hitting the books, there is plenty of canoodling going on between the youngsters. As a result, there are a few scenes of exposed rear ends and breasts, but it is never done in an inappropriate manner.
In addition to all of romantic interludes, there is a plotline involving a diamond heist, and another one involving my personal favourite plot device, a monkey.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again — monkey=box office gold. The film's two token (or perhaps tokin') stoner characters purchase a monkey because they are told that you can grind up his bones, and get as high as a kite from smoking them. Of course, they can't bring themselves to do it, and end up with an Xbox playing primate as their new buddy.
While the monkey could probably carry the movie all by himself, casting director Aaron Griffith should be commended for assembling a top-notch cast to surround him. Chris Owen (The Sherminator from American Pie), Jasmine St. Claire (Anal Cravings 2, Jizz Junkies), Kato Kaelin (the O.J. Simpson trial) and Danielle Fishel (Topanga from “Boy Meets World”) all deliver the kind of performances that make me remember why I fell in love with the cinema in the first place.
Fishel, a.k.a. Topanga, is the standout amongst the non-monkeys in the cast, and will surely receive some Oscar-buzz come next March. After basically falling off the face off the earth following the cancellation of “Boy Meets World”, she returns to the big-time with a daring performance as Marla, a born-again-virgin who may also be a lesbian. This role could do for her what Brokeback Mountain did for Heath Ledger. Anyone who sees this film would surely agree that this is a triumphant return for Topanga. It's great to see her back, although I would have preferred to see her front.
Not only are the performances fantastic, but this film also serves as an invaluable sexual education tool. Some of the topics covered include abstinence, date rape drugs, masturbation and towel snapping in women's showers.
I would go as far as to say that it is essential viewing for all students over the age of six. Sure, if you don't see this movie, you might not get pregnant by the end of the semester. Sure, you might not contract anal herpes. And maybe you won't have to drop out of school, so you can work at McDonald's during the day, and perform oral sex on circus freaks at night, just to earn enough money to feed your baby and pay for your herpes medication. Sure, all of that might not happen. But isn't it worth a measly $7.23 rental fee from Blockbuster to ensure that it doesn't?
My hat goes off to the fine folks at National Lampoon. They've taken us on Christmas Vacations. They've taken us to Animal Houses. And with this film, they've taken us to a new level of sexual awareness.
Dorm Daze 2 is an unforgettable motion picture experience. National Lampoon, thanks for the mammaries.