Arizona Summer Release Date: 2004 Genre: Adventure | Family | Comedy Director(s): Joey Travolta (The House Next Door, Detour) Writer(s): Bill Blair Starring: Lee Majors, Hoku, Morgan Fairchild, Greg Evigan Remember that scene in Caddyshack where they put a chocolate bar in the lake and everyone thinks its feces? Well, Arizona Summer brings you entertainment […]

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Arizona Summer
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Adventure | Family | Comedy
Director(s): Joey Travolta (The House Next Door, Detour)
Writer(s): Bill Blair
Starring: Lee Majors, Hoku, Morgan Fairchild, Greg Evigan

Remember that scene in Caddyshack where they put a chocolate bar in the lake and everyone thinks its feces? Well, Arizona Summer brings you entertainment like that, just for children. So naturally, when the scene is repeated in this movie, the antagonist is smart enough to know this is the oldest trick in the book. He picks up the brown lump and takes a bite out of it. He soon discovers, much to his dismay, that he has fallen for the newest trick in the book. The “chocolate” is really a turd. If that’s not enough, later in the movie a character puts a powdery substance in his drink that makes him fart up a storm.

Directed by Joey Travolta, brother of John, Arizona Summer is the latest kidvid to be distributed by MTI Home Video. It’s much of the usual as far as its kind goes. Instead of throwing out one or two hackneyed plots that would probably generate boredom fairly quickly, Arizona Summer uses ten of them. We’ve got unrequited teenage love, bullying, team sports, a kid trying to impress his dad, that very same dad trying to become a better father, blossoming love thanks to music, and others. Bill Blair’s script ties all these stories together decently, and the cast isn’t that bad, but the whole thing is just way too cliché to be anything more than laughably decent.

At the beginning of the summer eight year old Brent and his older brother Brooke head off to an Old West camp. This is Brent’s first year at the camp, while Brooke is starting as a counselor. Brent doesn’t really do much aside from offering some advice to Jerry, an outcast that is frequently, and hilariously, made fun of by his father. Brooke, on the other hand, has to deal with a bully that calls him “Preppie.”

Let’s stop right here and think for a moment. The bully calls him Preppie. Incase it doesn’t click in your head, that’s what A.C. Slater called Zach Morris on “Saved by the Bell.” Does Bill Blair really think that is a hip insult or something?

As I said, there’s bland goings ons with romance, competition, and cheating, but it’s all so typical and expected that there’s no point in going over it.

Greg Evigan, Lee Majors, and Morgan Fairchild all have roles in Arizona Summer, but they’re strictly there for the boxart. Their actual roles couldn’t have required more than a day’s worth of filming. I should also mentioned that Hoku, who had fifteen minutes of sub-Mandy Moore fame a few years ago, has a rather meaty role and doesn’t do that horrible for herself.

Most of the enjoyment that I derive from kidvids stem from their campiness. Arizona Summer has no camp value. When it’s bad, it’s bad. And when it’s not bad, it’s just mediocre.

DVD: Barebones.

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