AUTHOR, JOURNALIST, TV PERSONALITY
19 December 2022
Paris Hilton (House of Wax) joins fellow one-time porn star Simon Rex (The Forsaken) in a teen comedy that forgets it has to be funny, or at least try to be, when fitting into that genre department.
Over recent years Paris Hilton has lost that ‘je ne sais quoi’ appeal she had during her dizzy heights in the early part of the millennium. Since The Kardashians hit our screens in 2007 brand Paris has slowly been eradicated, but Hilton has surprisingly left behind some memorable outings. Sadly, National Lampoon’s Pledge This! isn’t one of them!
Paris Hilton plays a sorority leader who has to turn a bunch of unlikely freshmen into vapid airhead sluts, or something to that effect. The film kick-starts when a dorm toilet explodes on the first day back to school. A group of misfit girls are then forced to leave their housing and search for a new home. They ultimately decide on pledging a sorority. However, not many sororities are normal at South Beach University. The girls decide to pledge the most popular and exclusive sorority at the university, Gamma Gamma, which is led by President Victoria English, played by the one and only Paris Hilton.
While pledging at the sorority, Victoria sends the girls to do a simple, yet extremely gross task of collecting used condoms. While searching the park, the leader of the group, Gloria, played by sultry Paula Garcés, bumps into Victoria’s boyfriend, Derek (Simon Rex), and they become close. The only reason Victoria plans to let the freshmen pledge is to display diversity, a requirement for the “FHM Hottest Sorority in the Country” contest, which they have entered. From then on, Victoria declares war on the girls during “Hell Week” due to Gloria getting up close and personal with Derek, but she ultimately lets them join, only to kick them out once they have won the contest.
The National Lampoon film franchise has always been hit or miss. Their attempts at humour are usually grotesque without ever being really that funny, and the morals of their films are usually so wafer thin there often isn’t even one to really highlight. National Lampoon’s Vacation and Class Reunion are probably still the only entries in the series that can still generate a chuckle, the second being my favourite.
Pledge This!, however, misses all opportunities of being funny and its moral is that life’s better when you’re Paris Hilton, or someone as utterly vapid and bitchy as her. Not the worst teen movie to ever go direct-to-DVD, but it’s still a remarkably tasteless basis for comedy.
Pledge This! is available on YouTube Movies now.
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Review / Published 21 June 2023 @ 18:00 PM
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