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HERE'S A RARE LOST DOCUMENTARY FILM FROM DIRECTOR TODD PHILLIPS, WHO GAVE US THE BLISTERING G.G. ALLIN DOC. "HATED", AND WENT ON TO DIRECT SOME OF HOLLYWOOD'S MOST POPULAR RECENT COMEDY FILMS (INCLUDING ROAD TRIP, OLD SCHOOL, STARSKY & HUTCH, THE HANGOVER, & DUE DATE...PLUS AN OSCAR-NOM. FOR CO-WRITING THE FILM "BORAT"). HERE'S HE SHARES DIRECTING CREDIT WITH ANDREW GURLAND, WHO CO-DIRECTED THE AL GOLDSTEIN DOC. "SCREWED". THE MOST INTERESTING ASPECT OF THIS HOUR-LONG EFFORT IS IT'S BACKSTORY, WHICH STILL LACKS A FINALE. FUNDED AS AN EPISODE OF HBO's "AMERICA UNDERCOVER" SERIES, THE PREMISE HAS THE TWO YOUNG FIMMAKERS CHRONICLING THE RITUALS OF FRATERNITY PLEDGE WEEK, HAZING, & THE CORROSIVE RESULT EARNED IT A GRAND JURY DOCUMENTARY PRIZE AT THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL. SO WHAT'S THE PROBLEM? ONCE THE FILM WAS ABOUT TO GO PUBLIC, RUMORS SURFACED, ALLEGING THAT PORTIONS OF HAD BEEN STAGED, FRAT MEMBERS HAD BEEN SET-UP, AND THAT ON-SCREEN PARTICIPANTS WEREN'T EVEN REAL PLEDGES...BUT INSTEAD, FULL FLEDGED FRAT-FUCKS WHO WERE PAID $50 A PIECE TO FAKE IT ALL. WHAT'S THE TRUTH? HBO DECIDED TO PLAY IT SAFE AND SHELVED THIS POSSIBLY-FRAUDULENT FLICK, WHILE PHILLIPS PARLAYED IT INTO EVEN BETTER PAYCHECKS. AS FOR THE FILM ITSELF, IT'S NO WONDER THE FRATS WERE UPSET, SINCE IT MAKES THEM LOOK LIKE FOUL NEANDERTHALS. WITH TODD & ANDREW IN PURSUIT OF "THE LENGTH MEN GO TO IN ORDER TO BELONG", THEY SLOWLY SNEAK THEIR CAMERAS INTO THE CLANDESTINE WORLD, WHICH INCLUDES BINGE DRINKING, CASUAL DISCUSSION OF THEIR DRUG & SEX INTAKE, AND MINDLESSLY-REGURGITATING THE FRAT MANTRA "BEING GREEK IS BEING FAMILY". THIS IN-BRED LIFESTYLE IS BEST PERSONIFIED BY MUSCLE-BOUND "BLOSSOM", WHO INVITES THE GUYS ADN THEIR CAMERAS INTO THE FRAT'S SECRET, 10 WEEK LONG PLEDGE INDOCTRINATION, THAT INCLUDES MARINE-STYLE PHYSICAL HAZING, SLEEP DEPRIVATION, & THREATENED BRANDINGS. BUT BEFORE LONG, THE PISSED OFF FRAT BOYS GET FED UP WITH THESE VOYEURISTIC FILMMMAKERS AND PHYSICALLY TOSS THEM OFF CAMPUS, FORCING THEM TO FIND AN EVEN GRUNGIER COLLEGE TO COVER. THIS TIME AROUND, THEY EVEN AGREE TO ENDURE THE FINAL WEEKS OF HAZING, FIRST-HAND, INCLUDING MOUTHFULS OF TABASCO SAUCE, A NIGHT SPENT IN A DOG CAGE, AND FINALLY, THE ABUSIVE "HELL NIGHT". MEANWHILE, THE MOST HUMOROUS MOMENT IS A VISIT TO CHECK OUT HOW SORORITIES PLEDGE, ONLY TO FIND THE SWEETEST LITTLE SING-IN! IF TRUE, THIS IS A SERIOUSLY DAMAGED LOOK AT THE DREGS OF COLLEGE LIFE. IF FAKED, IT'S STILL A BALLSY CALLING-CARD TO GET YOURSELF NOTICED IN HOLLYWOOD. EITHER WAY, IT'S DIFFICULT NOT TO APPLAUD FRAT HOUSE'S POTENT, ANTI-FRAT, ANTI-CONFORMITY AGENDA. PICK UP A COPY NOW AND DECIDE FOR YOURSELF!ships in a plain sleeve with no artwork