DVD Review: FRAT PACK

FRAT PACK was directed by Michael Philip and stars Richard Alan Reid, Rachel Risen, Brendan Michael Coughlin, J. Adam Brown, Hana Mae Lee, Melissa Bolona, Harvey Guillen and Elizabeth De Razzo. The movie features cameos by Kevin P. Farley, Robert Knepper, Lochlyn Munro, Tommy Davidson, Danny Trejo, and Beverly D’Angelo.

You’re invited to an insane wedding, a decadent frat party, and a filthy, funny, 700-mile road trip! When Elliot travels to his mother’s wedding, he gets dragged along on a decadent adventure with his new brothers-in-law — and their sweet, sensible neighbor, Skylar. They all go on a road trip across the country with his soon-to-be stepbrothers for an epic alumni-weekend fraternity rager. On the road, the gang meets drug dealers, tattoo artists, snooty clerks, and party gals who don’t act like ladies. All the while, Elliot’s dying to make a pass at cute Skylar — but will he pass out instead?

Moira (Beverly D’Angelo) gives her son Elliot (Richard Alan Reid) the shocking news that she’s marrying Michaelson (Kevin P. Farley) so she ships him off to the U.S. so he can meet his new stepfamily. When he arrives, he doesn’t know how to take this larger-than-life American family but when their neighbor Skylar (Rachel Risen) is introduced to Elliot, the two kind of hit it off. So what happens is, they invite a few more friends to take a road trip to a frat party so they can have one last wild night before the wedding and they end up meeting some interesting and eccentric characters along the way.

The guys pretty much get into all the trouble while the girls take more of a normal trip together. They stop to get some weed from Kush (Robert Knepper), a drug dealer who ends up being more of a trigger happy psycho than anything else. They also decide to get a tattoo by Dirty (Danny Trejo) but have to stop in mid stride because they don’t have enough money to pay the man. Last but not least, there’s Big Daddy (Tommy Davidson) whose uncomfortable meeting ends up coming back to haunt the guys at the end. During the misadventure, things get a little too wild for Elliot who gets introduced to all kinds of drugs and other raunchy mischief and this causes some friction between him and Skylar. In the end, she knows that he’s a great guy and the two make up at the wedding.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and specs. The DVD disc is flat grey and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Frat Pack was an okay road tripper that ended up being kind of a fun watch that didn’t have much of a plot at all. Even though Danny Trejo got top billing, he’s only in it for a few minutes, so they just used his name as a selling point. The guys and girls take a long road trip to a frat party where they meet all kinds of interesting people along the way and then get back home in time for a wedding. Sound familiar? So, the story is a retread but the young cast and the cameos salvaged it some and made the movie good enough for a one time watch. If you’re curious, it fits in with other wild comedies like American Pie, Road Trip, Old School and Animal House, you know, except it’s not as good as any of these classics. It’s rude, crude and offensive but it’s okay for a one time watch, especially at a frat party! Frat Pack is now available on DVD.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 95 Minutes

Rated: R

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features: 

  • Trailer (02:03)

 

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