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UP THE CREEK

     

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, June 17, 2016

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here’s another 1980s film that Kino Lorber has invested in with a Blu-ray upgrade, and it’s another odd choice that apparently has enough of a following to warrant the new edition. I am not among that following. But what do I know? This is my April 12, 1984, Deseret News review.

“Up the Creek” begins as if it is a sequel to “National Lampoon’s Animal House.” And it even boasts (if that’s the word) two “Animal House” alumni, Tim Matheson, doing his usual Bill Murray ho-hum imitation, and Stephen Furst, doing his usual gross-out fat routine. And for “Porky’s” fans, that film’s Peewee (Don Monahan) also co-stars.

I suppose if you are going to do a dumb teenage sex-comedy rip-off of other dumb teenage sex comedies, you might as well begin with stars from two of the most famous (or infamous). And if that’s not enough, you can also see TV stars James B. Sikking (“Hill Street Blues”) and John Hillerman (“Magnum, P.I.”) making fools of themselves.

It would have been nice, though, if “Up the Creek” also had a script.

      

This is “Porky’s Goes River-Rafting,” with a university dean (Hillerman) forcing his four worst students to compete in a raft competition.

There are the usual gags about sex and suds, rich snobs vs. regular guys, with the added fun of sabotaging other rafts and spoofing the military. There is also an especially excessive penchant for using female breasts as punchlines.

“Up the Creek” does have a few gags that work, but for the most part it’s on the level of Furst’s flatulent outbursts, a dog who plays charades, Matheson speaking as if he is reading chapters in books and lots of crotch jokes as sight gags.

     

Slob comedies are consistently dumb, so dumb they make the Three Stooges seem sophisticated. Why audiences keep going to them is beyond me.

Rated R for sex, nudity, profanity and frequent vulgarity, “Up the Creek” is more or less typical of this genre. And that’s definitely not a recommendation.