Sorority Boys

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Sorority Boys
Sorority boys.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWallace Wolodarsky
Written byJoe Jarvis
Greg Coolidge
Produced byLarry Brezner
Walter Hamada
Michael Fottrell
Starring
CinematographyMichael D. O'Shea
Edited byRichard Halsey
Music byMark Mothersbaugh
Production
company
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • March 22, 2002 (2002-03-22)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$12 million
Box office$12.5 million

Sorority Boys is a 2002 American comedy film directed by Wallace Wolodarsky, about a group of college boys who dress up as girls in order to prove their innocence for a crime they did not commit. The film starred Barry Watson, Michael Rosenbaum and Harland Williams.

Plot[edit]

Three college friends, Dave, Adam, and Doofer – who are head of the Social Committee in a fraternity house called Kappa Omicron Kappa ("KOK" sounding like a slang word for penis) – are living the party lifestyle. The KOKs are known for wild parties in which they objectify women. For example, they take photographs of women waking up after having sex with a KOK. They discriminate against the all-girl sorority group Delta Omicron Gamma ("DOG" being a slang word for "unattractive woman"), who regularly protest the actions of the KOKs as rude and sexist. The socially awkward frat president, Spence, accuses Dave, Adam, and Doofer of embezzling money from the frat treasury. The three are subsequently run out of the house.

Doofer tells his friends that he thinks Spence himself stole the money. Because the frat's safe was in his room, Spence may have been caught on camera while Doofer was filming a sexual encounter. But to retrieve the tape, they must re-enter the house. Doofer says they should dress as attractive women and sneak into the house during the frat's next party. They call themselves Adina, Roberta, and Daisy. The KOKs believe that all three are women, but they throw thenm out of the frat for not being beautiful enough.

The women of the DOG sorority rescue Dave, Adam, and Doofer, thinking they are "plus-size girls" and invite them to stay at their sorority house. For the rest of the movie, the boys switch back and forth between male and female identities in their various efforts to enter the frat house and find the tape that will prove they are not thieves. Along the way, they become friends with the DOG sisters and learn just how badly they and the KOKs had been treating women.

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Reception[edit]

The film was panned by critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an approval rating of 12% based on 65 reviews, with an average score of 3.22/10. The website's consensus reads: "A sloppy fratboy movie, Sorority Boys offers up a parade of gross-out gags and sex jokes, while insulting and ogling women."[1] On Metacritic, the film has a rank of 25 out of 100 based on 20 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[2]

The film barely made back its $12 million budget, grossing a worldwide total of $12,517,488.[3]

Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a score of a "B", saying that "There are moments of real funniness in this smarter-than-anticipated goof-fest".[4]

Ed Gonzalez of Slant Magazine gave the film 1.5 stars out of 5, explaining his reasoning by the fact that "Sorority Boys only confirms the threat posed to the film industry when homo-wary frat boys are allowed to play director".[5]

The New York Times's A. O. Scott criticized the film's director, saying that "[he] has made a film that even a rabid lowbrow like Homer Simpson (or, when the mood strikes, this critic) would find beneath his dignity".[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sorority Boys (2002)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 14, 2021.
  2. ^ "Sorority Boys (2002)". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 14, 2021.
  3. ^ "Sorority Boys". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved August 14, 2021.
  4. ^ Schwarzbaum, Lisa (March 17, 2020). "Sorority Boys". Entertainment Weekly.
  5. ^ Gonzalez, Ed (March 19, 2002). "Review: Sorority Boys". Slant Magazine.
  6. ^ Scott, A. O. "Film in Review; 'Sorority Boys'". The New York Times. p. 24.

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