Produced by alumnus Christian Sander and directed by his brother, Colin, Resident Advisor follows the story of Tyler, a teen forced to attend his safety school after an embarrassing video of him goes viral. It was quite the treat to be personally contacted by them and brought me to the days of American Pie and other National Lampoon films I used to frequent as a youth. There is so much going on and it goes so fast that you have to see it twice to get everything. What I really like about the story is that the jokes are not just one liners or fart jokes, it was funny because of the story and what happens to the characters. Like what my friend so expertly said, “There are plenty of little things to criticize with the story and structure, but with this kind of movie it’s really not worth getting worked up over.”
Tyler gets a common “finding himself” tract thread alongside his assembly a non-judgmental Hanna (Nathalia Ramos); Cory is churned by his control weird of a partner mired in cliché and one-dimensionality; and Yuji fast reveals himself to be a exhibitionist with positively no contrition of a group. They play a stereotypes good and do conjure a few laughs if we can demeanor past a go-to fun of peeing, yet conjunction ever comes tighten to relating Jarvis’ mystery. Kids will be kids forever; Dean’s purpose in their story is a furious card.
Writers Christian, Colin and Scott Sander have successfully punched out a classic college flick script, which is half the battle. I watched this with a group of friends and some people agreed the script was good but the acting was hit or miss. I had to explain to them through researching social media that the film was shot in real dorm rooms, not sets, which gives some refreshing authenticity serving up an accurate portrayal of college in the modern day. It is these little efforts that really shine through the production.
Dean Slater: Resident Advisor gets a pursuit done. For what they set out to do, they did. The reason for this was the all-out farcical nature of the movie. This has just as many cases of mistaken identity, quick entrances and exits and rather intricate set of circumstances as any traditional farce type of comedy. It is clear to me that the creators of this movie, certainly had a fine appreciation of the merits of a manic, fast-paced farce. And that is ultimately the saving grace of this movie. There is a love story or two for the hopeless romantics but the emotions seem to take back seat to silliness as the story moves forward towards it’s internet defying climax. But now, I’m just nitpicking…all in all…thumbs up Sander bros!