New on Blu-ray: Spring Breakdown


The spring break movie has been done numerous times; but it had yet to be done by three funny thirty-something women.

Becky (Parker Posey), Gayle (Amy Poehler) and Judi (Rachel Dratch) never did spring break in college; they were preoccupied with their terrible girl band and unpopularity. Years later the girls are given a second chance when Becky is assigned by her senator boss (Jane Lynch) to chaperone her daughter (Amber Tamblyn) in an attempt to avoid any pre-election scandals. Unbeknownst to Becky or the senator, the daughter in question is a quiet geek that only tells her mother she has crazy adventures so they can bond. On the other hand, Gayle and Judi embrace the opportunity to sow their wild oats.

It's not often Posey portrays the mellower member of a group but put against Poehler and Dratch, she may have found it difficult to keep up. Conversely, Poehler and Dratch are expectedly over-the-top, reverting to approval-seeking bimbo and lovesick alcoholic respectively. Meanwhile, when the real teens become the focus, they're not nearly as interesting; although the popular leader (Sophie Monk) does have her moments. In the end, it is what it is: a sometimes-funny comedy explaining being popular isn't everything it's cracked up to be.

The commentary with director Ryan Shiraki and Dratch is mostly anecdotal. The four additional scenes fill in some blanks and allow Poehler and Dratch more room to perform, while the gag reel is sometimes funnier than actual moments in the film More features are available via BD-Live and the second-disc contains a digital copy of the film.

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