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MILF: The Asylum's American Pie - Review


Writer; Jonathan Haug,

Director; Scott Wheeler

Stars: Ramon Camacho, Joseph Booton, Jack Cullison

Philip Marlatt, Amy Lindsay


Four nerdy college teens unable to connect with girls their own age discover the excitement of hooking up with sexy older women, in particular single or frustrated housewives and mothers. Their friend Brandon is shocked and delighted to be having a rampant affair with his best friend Anthony’s recently divorced and lonely mother Holly. Soon Brandon is torn between his feelings for fellow student Alex, and the betrayal of trust he is committing against friends.


Review


The Asylum give us their take on the teen comedies that enjoyed resurgence in the late 90’s thanks largely to 'American Pie' and all its sequels. MILF is an extraction of one feature from its more successful and highly rated compatriots, the fantasy of getting rambunctious with the experienced and sexy older woman It marks a change of taste and an attempt by The Asylum to branch out from the action, horror, sci-fi and fantasy that is the studio's usual fare. It demonstrates a courageous step to try something different resulting in an entertaining romp with some memorable moments.


The script by Jonathan Haug, is packed with numerous teen comedy clichés from wild fraternity parties, reminiscent of 'Animal House', to the outlandish and far-fetched antics of the young stars that look as if they were lifted from other such movies. The dialogue is very basic and seems to be screeched rather than spoken by the young cast, whereas with the exception of Amy Lindsay who does more than just shed clothes and have wild sex, much of the older cast’s lines are restricted to barking orders during the throws of passion.


It seems as if the factors that made MILF’s more mainstream compatriots a success have been discarded. The film lacks the funny and endearing outrageous antics of hormone ridden teens as well as their growing pains, adding an almost heart warming feel making it a story that every former teenager can look back on with both nostalgia and relief that those years have been left behind. Instead the viewer is treated with a series of speedily cut and what can only be described as comedy sex interspersed with scenes in which the four boys talk, laugh and generally act nerdy, which after a while becomes tiresome. Yet there are some great moments in the film that are both amusing and heartfelt that make the film worth giving it a go.



The characters who have the meatiest roles are Brandon and Holly. Brandon who despite being riddled with the same raging hormones as his friends also seems to be the more mature, a quality that shows him in good stead as college comes to an end as confronts the reality of his circumstances. Holly is more than just a “Cougar” exploiting the naivety of her son’s friend. This sub plot of loneliness and finding our way is told through Brandon's conflicted feelings and Holly, feeling lonely and vulnerable woman looking to fill a void in her life.


There are also some genuinely funny comedic moments including an awkward dinner scene featuring Brandon, Anthony and his parents, an amusing discussion on the pluralisation of the term MILF as well as Anthony pleasuring himself over a film of Brandon having sex, while not as gross out as it might gives an interesting twist on the Oedipus complex.


Summary


MILF is a typical sex comedy with all the cliches present and accounted and contributes nothing new. It lacks the rites of passage traits that make the 'American Pie' films charming and relatable, although to be fair the sex comedy has invariably peaked. What it does offer is plenty of teen angst over the top shenanigans that are cringeworthy entertainment, with a side story of conflicting emotions, and the realities of loneliness. Touching and funny MILF is a lot of fun and certainly deserves to sit alongside such titles as 'Porkys' 'Lemon Popsicle' and the seminal 'American Pie'.

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