Freshman Orientation
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Freshman Orientation
For his debut feature, filmmaker Ryan Shiraki wrote and directed this irreverent comedy that uses social-progressiveness on the contemporary college campus as the catalyst for its story. Sam Huntington stars as Clay, a straight white male college freshman who can't for the life of him get the attention of any girls on campus. It seems the women are too preoccupied with championing causes and standing up for the oppressed. So when Clay is mistaken for gay and finds himself invited to a queer poetry group by the girl of his dreams, he decides to go with the flow. Keeping up the ruse,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

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"John Goodman has a nice turn as a queen with a heart of gold."
‑ Joshua Katzman, Chicago Reader
"This trivial film toys with the postmodern lifestyles."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Admirably aiming to recreate the feelings of newfound freedom and self-discovery that college inspires, Freshman Orientation never finds a way to successfully execute its good intentions."
‑ Geoff Berkshire, Metromix.com
"The charms of this college gross-out comedy with a "message" are elusive."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"Theatres showing it will likely have as many conspicuously empty seats as the classrooms and barrooms in this picture, which was apparently shot on such a shoestring that they couldn't even get enough extras to fill a set."
‑ Chad Greene, Boxoffice Magazine
"...goes way over the top for the Greeks vs. Gays climax."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"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."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"You enter expecting something really stupid, and you wind up with something really clever . . . hysterical . . . wise."
‑ Brandon Judell, New York Theatre Wire
"Consider my two-star rating an indication that the film's Gut-Buster-to-Forehead-Slapper ratio is relatively even."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Freshman Orientation barely rates a passing grade."
‑ Timothy Knight, Reel.com
"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."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"...too often feels more like a tapped-out keg than a provocative romp."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"...might push boundaries better were it not so painfully unfunny."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"OK, it's official: I no longer care about 18 year olds."
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"A genderbending teensploit turning on a clever twist of the genre's trademark theme. For while most makeover movies feature a female making herself more attractive, this flick has a male deliberately doing the opposite."
‑ Kam Williams, DallasBlack.com
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