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'Up The Creek'
(Tim Matheson, Dan Monahan, Sandy Helberg, Stephen Furst, Blaine Novak, et al / DVD / NR / (1984) 2011 / Warner Bros. Archive Collection)

Overview: Four delinquents from the worst university in the area have one chance to bring honor to their institution, in this hilarious and titillating whitewater raft race flick.

DVD Verdict: As we should all know by now, 'Up The Creek' is a very silly and campy and totally '80s flick - but it's very entertaining at the same time. And the soundtrack is completely amazing, featuring artists like Cheap Trick, Beach Boys and Ian Hunter among others.

Like most campy '80s movies, this plot is predictable and the outcome is typical, but it's fun to watch the adventures of Bob McGraw and the gang. Tim Matheson plays a similar role to his Eric Straton character from Animal House. Ironically (and completely on purpose) the movie 'Van Wilder,' featuring Ryan Reynolds, casts Tim Matheson as Van's uptight father.

The irony is that Van Wilder is very similar to Bob McGraw from 20 years earlier. In 'Van Wilder,' however, Matheson plays the exact opposite character! Anyway, another observation is that some of the raft battles with torpedoes and darts made me think this probably would have made a good video game. It's sort of like "Wacky Races" on water!

It was exciting to see this cast put together, and I think they all worked pretty well with each other, most gave a decent performance, but there is still a few actors that let the whole thing down. And a few things here and there that made me think "Was something cut out that would have made that part make sense" or "Is it really that rushed?" I mean I get it, but I don't know if it was meant to be that way or not! (FYI - This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.) This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

Warner Archive Collection