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Freshman Orientation (2007)



Critic Consensus: This over-the-top comedy suffers from an exhaustive screenplay, which tries too hard to be funny...and fails.

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Can a young man win the hand of the girl of his dreams by convincing her that he prefers the company of men? That's the dilemma facing the protagonist of this independent comedy. Clay (Sam Huntington) was a big man on his high-school campus, but he discovers he's just another nobody when he starts his first year of college, and while he expected to be making time with lots of pretty coeds, most of the girls on campus could care less about him. As Clay hopes to improve his social status by rushing a fraternity after his dorm roommate unexpectedly dies, Amanda (Kaitlin Doubleday), another incoming freshman, is similarly hoping to join a sorority, and as part of her initiation she and the other pledges are each instructed to pick up a certain type of "loser" guy for a party where the boys will be humiliated as part of the evening's entertainment. Amanda is supposed to find a guy who is obviously gay, and her friend Jessica (Heather Matarazzo) mistakenly thinks Clay fits the bill. It doesn't take long for Clay to realize what's going on, but he decides to play along if it means going out with a pretty girl, and he gives himself a crash course in gay behavior in hopes of winning Amanda's heart with some help from amiable queer bartender Rodney (John Goodman). Produced under the title Home of Phobia, Freshman Orientation was the first feature film from writer and director Ryan Shiraki.

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Sam Huntington
as Clay Adams
Jud Tylor
as Serena
Judy Tylor
as Serena
Rachel Dratch
as Very Drunk Chick
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Critic Reviews for Freshman Orientation

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8)

John Goodman has a nice turn as a queen with a heart of gold.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

...goes way over the top for the Greeks vs. Gays climax.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

A campus comedy with a dirty mouth, an innocent heart and a surprisingly wise mind, Freshman Orientation uses identity politics as a road to romance and emotional maturity. The naked breasts are a bonus.

September 28, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

This trivial film toys with the postmodern lifestyles.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Freshman Orientation is not incompetently made. Nor is it badly acted. But there's not a fresh idea in it, and everyone on screen seems to be in a different comedy.

September 20, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

...too often feels more like a tapped-out keg than a provocative romp.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Freshman Orientation

30 seconds into this, I was pretty sure I didn't want to keep watching it. 15 minutes later, my suspicions were confirmed and I shut it off. I'm not easily offended, but this was nothing but vulgarity and gross-outs. The acting was terrible, I had yet to see any plot whatsoever, and the production was pathetic. One of the worst movies I've ever seen.

Amanda Hendsbee
Amanda Hendsbee

Cute little indie comedy. Nice relaxed performance by Sam Huntington.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

This movie really outweighed my expectations. When you go into a movie expecting crap, this movie really came out pretty good. Kaitlin Doubleday looks great throughout and everyone else does a decent job of acting. John Goodman is especially funny as the owner of the campus gay bar. Not bad at all...

Ed Meyer
Ed Meyer

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