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Frat Star (2017)

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An insecure, poor, and despondent freshman retains no interest in a fraternity up till his rich roommate, Billy, convinces him to pledge - introducing him to a world darker than he ever imagined.

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Grant S. Johnson, Jena Serbu (as Ippsie Jones)
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Connor Lawrence ... Nick Cooper
Justin Mark ... Billy Hawkins
Cathryn Dylan ... Rosanna
Chris Elliott ... Eugene Cooper
Tyler Weaks ... Adam Welker (as Tyler Lansing Weaks)
Max Sheldon ... Augustus Smithson
Austin Ramsey ... Joshua Thompson
Peter O'Connor ... Benjamin Trenton
Nicole Balsam ... Courtney
Kaitlin Mesh ... Nicolette
Justiin A. Davis ... Jamarcus Johnson (as Justiin Davis)
Elijah Guo ... Chong Chang
Spencer House ... Chad Grazier
Ben Moss ... J.T. Hartung
Parker Pogue Parker Pogue ... Zachary Rockefeller
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"Frat Star" explores the alluring, superficial, manipulative, and dark world of Ivy League fraternity culture. An insecure, poor, and broken-hearted Nick enters freshman year with no interest in fraternities. This all changes when his old money roommate Billy convinces him to pledge.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Westchester, New York, USA

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Budget:

$210,000 (estimated)
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Written and performed by Jack Harlow
Published by Harlow Happenings / Nulublast (SESAC)
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B Movie college film that has its moments.
11 April 2017 | by nights14See all my reviews

Looking at the trailer for this film I honestly kind of knew what to expect: gratuitous nudity, crude jokes and questionable acting. If I was to measure the success of the film based on my expectations, I would have to say it certainly delivered.

I easily watched the movie from beginning to end with interest and was disappointed with the ending which I won't discuss here. One of the stronger points of the film is the acting of Justin Mark, who plays Billy Hawkins. He has an on-screen charisma and delivery that helps to carry some otherwise very awkwardly staged scenes. At times I wonder if he might have been better cast as the Nick Cooper character.

The film follows a B movie formula in terms of its execution, and I think that's important to keep in mind when trying to appraise what we have here exactly. But even then, it does fall short. For example, it fails to adequately capture the energy and life of a college party at a frat house. In one scene, a bunch of girls are seated on the porch not really doing anything but maybe holding drinks. I can't help but wonder what a boring party that might be. As a student at Georgetown, walking down the street near campus, you can hear loud bumping music coming from any number of student houses.

Failing to capture the essence of what it is to be a party, is just one of many failures. And that does make a difference, it makes one question the entire purpose of the film. The debauchery of college is about excess, in particular bacchanalian style binges.

A good B movie goes too far, which is why it's a B movie. This movie doesn't go far enough and at the end it makes you wonder if you've gone anywhere at all. I think it's worth a watch, but approach it with an open mind.


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