Thursday, April 20, 2006

Puddle Cruiser

Title: Puddle Cruiser (1996)
Dir: Jay Chandrasekhar
Rating: ** and a 1/2 out of 5 stars

I would first like to point out that there is not a single cheerleader in this movie. The marketing does not at ALL reflect what the film is about. So...don't get your hopes up, boys.

But if you love Broken Lizard (as I do), this movie should still interest you. For the uninformed, they are the troupe behind Super Troopers and Club Dread. Long before those two films, BL made an indie flick in college called Puddle Cruiser.

No matter what, they get my respect for putting together a movie in their college years. Apparently it's a dream I shall never achieve myself. So, power to them. As it turns out, the film isn't bad. Obviously, it can't compare to its successors, but its a pretty decent first try.

The lead in this one, Felix Bean, is played by Steve Lemme (aka: Mac from Troopers). He falls for a law student who has a boyfriend, and ends up having to play rugby against her jealous boyfriend. Jay Chandra....ya know...plays his supportive best friend, while the rest of Lizard makes up the supporting characters.

Paul Soter and Kevin Heffernan play two pranksters on trial for stealing food - they are pretty irrelevant to the central plot, but occasionally funny. Erik Stolhanske really steals the movie as a weird hippie named Freaky Reaky. He is easily the funniest part of the film.

There are a lot of moments that drag, and the amateur status of the movie really shows. I cannot blame BL much, considering how young they were and this was their first real go at it. Clearly, their acting and filmmaking talents have improved tremendously since then.

I would recommend Puddle Cruiser to hardcore Lizard fans who want to see the group's early years. However, I would not recommend it to anyone else because it is pretty lacking as a comedy. Sorry, guys :-\