Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.
USA, 2002. Morra Brezner Steinberg and Tenenbaum Entertainment, Touchstone Pictures. Screenplay by Joe Jarvis, Greg Coolidge. Cinematography by Michael D. O’Shea. Produced by Larry Brezner, Walter Hamada. Music by Mark Mothersbaugh. Production Design by Edward T. McAvoy. Costume Design by Melinda Eshelman. Film Editing by Richard Halsey, Tod Lautenberg.
Hopelessly silly comedy tries to update Some Like It Hot for a new generation but fails to capture Billy Wilder’s wit or class. Three members of a top-ranking chauvinistic sorority are thrown out on their sorry asses when it is discovered that they have cleaned out their house’s safe and stolen all their friends’ money. Convinced that it was the chapter president who did the deed, the three of them decide to find a way to stay on campus and clear their names, but how to do that and go undetected by their fellow students? The answer is easy (well, it’s stupid, but to them it’s easy): dress up like girls and join the ugly girl fraternity! Conveniently named Delta Omicron Gamma (or DOG, for short), the plain-Jane sorority (which frequently competes, and loses, against the popular-girl Tri-P gang) immediately takes these ‘girls’ into its home and for some reason not one of them ever suspects what is really going on. There’s no way these guys could ever be convincing as women, but it does get pretty funny when they start taking on female insecurities about body image and fitting in. The film, unfortunately, is a collection of stupid jokes and easy cliches, with not a whit of inspired humour or cleverness to be found anywhere.