Remember how National Lampoon used to make really good comedies? Like the Vacation flicks with Chevy Chase, Loaded Weapon and others? That seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it? Since the aughts began, they’ve mostly put out weak stuff like Barely Legal, One Two Many and other films that sound way too bad for me to even bother with.
I don’t even remember what lead me to watch the 2003 film National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze, but I do know that I was bracing myself for the worst. It seemed like it would be a painfully juvenile and unfunny college comedy with nothing to set it apart from the myriad of others of its ilk that were all the rage in those post-American Pie years. But Dorm Daze was indeed different. The movie, which is basically about a case of mistaken identity and a handbag filled with money taking place in a college dorm, moves at a breakneck pace. Indeed, it’s really as much of an old-fashioned farce as a sex comedy. Everyone’s running around from room to room, the handbag changes owner at every scene it seems, and two young ladies by the name of Dominique (one a foreign exchange student, one a hooker) keep on getting mistaken for one another. It’s all very silly and, sure, quite juvenile. But it’s also fairly fun, and could be worth your time if you’ve run out of comedies to watch. Certainly way better than I was expecting it to be.