Director(s): Joseph A. Pineda Writer(s): Joey Velazquez & Wade Warren Starring: Christine Lakin, Dennis Haskins Had Going Down not wound up looking like it was filmed with a middle of the road DV cam, it’s very possible that it would have been released with the “National Lampoon’s” name attached to it. Going Down is raunchy, […]

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Going Down

Director(s): Joseph A. Pineda
Writer(s): Joey Velazquez & Wade Warren
Starring: Christine Lakin, Dennis Haskins

Had Going Down not wound up looking like it was filmed with a middle of the road DV cam, it’s very possible that it would have been released with the “National Lampoon’s” name attached to it. Going Down is raunchy, mindless, and mildly fun, and that’s essentially their requirements these days.

As it is, Going Down is just another teen comedy. As many of you have surely noticed, I’m not one to go along with stick-up-their-ass critics who hate any movie associated with a particular genre. While I’m not going to say either is perfect, films like Going Down and Dorm are far from the disasters that they’re painted as. The script for this one takes aim at a plot that has been done before, but it takes a different perspective on it.

Going Down begins where most films of this kind start their third act. After a wild night of drunken partying, Jack Earnest wakes up disheveled with his house a colossal mess. Jack has nothing to worry about, though, as his parents won’t be home for a few more days. But big surprise, his parents call him to let him know that they need to be picked up the airport in just a few hours. With his stoner friend still in a stupor, two friends looking dead, a pair of sexually charged young women, some dumb jocks, and a hooker creating chaos, Jack has to somehow pull things together to avoid punishment.

Going Down has a lack of common sense to it, but that’s not exactly a vital element of a flick like this. What’s missing that hurts it the most is originality at times. Clerks had a hooker screw a dead guy. Tomcats had an innocent looking girl be very dominant, although to defend Going Down, there are some great lines to be had courtesy of that plot. For the most part this is just an above average sex comedy doesn’t succeed nearly as well it should.

Christine Lakin, who played Al on “Step by Step,” has a role her. She’s attempted to reinvent her sluggish career as of late, taking roles in this film Who’s Your Daddy. While she’s still sitcomish, her performance is still above most of the actors in Going Down. Most odd is an appearance by Dennis Haskin, “Saved by the Bell’s” Mr. Belding. Shirtless in a pool with two women massaging him, he’s gained quite a bit of weight, and tries out a new acting style. To say the least, it fails.

Those who enjoy this type of fare will at least somewhat dig Going Down.

DVD: Barebones.

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