Three playboy chauvinists, strapped for cash, find themselves drawn to one last, desperate hope for free housing: one of their campus' sororities, Delta Omicron Gamma (or D.O.G.). With a little make-up, a little pantyhose, and lots of "pluck", Dave, Adam and Doofer go undercover in the sorority house as Daisy, Adina and Roberta. Everything goes according to plan... until Dave falls for Leah, the alpha D.O.G. Life's a drag as the boys see firsthand how the other half lives--their history of treating women badly comes back to haunt them when they walk a mile in another's (high-heeled) shoes. Meanwhile, Dave wants to tell Leah about who he really is, but without destroying "Daisy's" relationship with the girl of his dreams. What's a boy (pretending to be a girl) to do?
Wally Wolodarsky, the director of "Sorority Boys," made his name as a writer for "The Tracey Ullman Show" and "The Simpsons." Given this résumé, it pains me to report that Mr. Wolodarsky has made a film that even a rabid lowbrow like Homer Simpson (or, when the mood strikes, this critic) would find beneath his dignity. "Sorority Boys," every bit as clever as its title, is a frat-house cross-dressing comedy: "Some Like it Hot" and "Animal House" slammed together and reworked as a Bazooka Joe comic, but with nudity and swearing, and of no use at all in the disposal of chewed gum. — A. O. Scott
2002-03-22 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of Sorority Boys