Tuesday, March 15, 2011

DEVOLVED (2010)


A group of seniors are in Mexico and headed out to sea for a whale watching expedition. Unfortunately, the jocks have decided to turn it into a booze cruise with their fearless leader, The Rog. Yeah, the boat blows up leaving the two opposite groups stranded on an island. The jocks take over, but soon a coup takes place throwing The Rog out of power.
For now.
When I first got this flick I recognized the young lady on the cover. See, my kids are big fans of Nickelodeon so, in turn, I end up watching a lot of Nickelodeon. Lindsey Shaw is in a series called Ned's DeClassified. It's a fun show. Yeah, seeing Ms. Shaw on the cover in a bikini had me yelling,
"Moze, Noooooooooo!" The added fun of hearing her foul mouth added to the thrill.
But, we must remember these are but actors and it really shouldn't cloud our judgement on the films that they make.
Having said that, I have one question;
Why didn't this get a theatrical release.
This is a funny film. They play it straight so all the incredible ludicrous behavior is funnier. The young cast does a good job of showing children that have grown up together since they were five, but torn into two factions by their attitudes and behavior throughout their lives.
DEVOLVED also explores the concept of what happens when you peak at 18. When high school will be the best years of your life and force you to try and keep that glory alive through the rest of your existence. It makes living on a desert island seem like a pretty good idea, doesn't it?
But, the message is never preachy and the satire has a wicked bite.
Once again, why didn't this appear in a regular theatrical release?
No idea, but it's a shame.
With that I would have to encourage you to seek out DEVOLVED and watch what might be one of the most original flicks I have seen in a very long time.

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