Both a raucous party movie and comic vehicle for three talented actresses,Spring BreakdownstarsSaturday Night Liveveterans Rachel Dratch and Amy Poehler along with independent-film mainstay Parker Posey. The wish-list cast does a lot with a throwaway story about longtime friends whose social failures back in college are somewhat redeemed during a spring break spent with students in Mexico. Feebly chaperoning Ashley (Amber Tamblyn), daughter of the next U.S. vice-president (Jane Lynch in another of her funny, outsize performances), Posey's Becky--who brings Dratch's Judi and Poehler's Gayle along--heads for the beach and many quasi-orgies fueled by alcohol, wet T-shirt contests, and the like. While Becky steers the reserved Ashley toward less provocative activities, Gayle finds herself adopted as den mother to a gaggle of blonde hotties and Judi begins to think maybe there's more to life than being engaged to a gay boyfriend (Seth Meyers). There is certainly a lot to like about scenes involving any or all of the film's three stars, though the rest ofSpring Breakdownlooks like it could have been shot for any post-Animal Housecollege movie. The film, co-written by Dratch, also features Missi Pyle in an expertly comic role as another older woman who latches onto the craziness.--Tom Keogh
This is one in a long line of recent comedies about adults acting like a bunch of teenagers. Spring Breakdown is at least a somewhat better comedy in that at least it's funny at some point and isn't as vulgar as most of what passes for comedy these days. The three women have different responses to reliving spring break, from trying to win popularity contests to refusing to conform. Rachel Dratch plays a particularly funny role with her dry humor.
Spring break movies, there's a formula, nerd wants to lose their virginity, they throw all caution to the wind, go to Spring Break in Florida or Padre Island in Texas (glad the movie told me that), there is all kinds of drinking, nakedness, coupling, drinking, nakedness, coupling, drinking, and the virgin grows up and realizes they didn't mean to do that in the first place. Good formula right? Well Spring Breakdown - gets very broken down along the way and forgets this critical … more