Josh Duhamel’s directorial venture, “Buddy Games: Spring Awakening,” proves to be a lackluster sequel to the original film. The narrative revolves around a group of six friends, all of whom are highly unlikable, coming together after a prolonged period of estrangement. Their objective is to scatter the ashes of their deceased comrade at the beach resort where they first conceived the “Buddy Games.” However, their plans go awry when they discover that the town has been overrun by spring breakers who have organized their own version of the games. Reluctantly, the group is coerced into competing against much younger teams.
Unfortunately, the film quickly abandons this premise, replacing it with an even more disappointing plotline. Two of the friends fall prey to a peculiar cult led by a deranged leader hell-bent on reforming alpha males. Meanwhile, the other two embark on a quest to find the long-lost love of their departed comrade. The movie relies heavily on tasteless and unfunny gross-out gags, including the consumption of a skunk and a failed attempt at referencing Kurosawa.
“Buddy Games: Spring Awakening” falls short on all accounts. The characters remain repugnant, the humor fails to elicit laughs, and the storytelling lacks coherence. Duhamel’s direction and the performances by the cast are lackluster, further contributing to the film’s shortcomings. The movie’s attempts at sincerity in its final moments are met with incredulous laughter. Overall, it is a pitiable production devoid of humor or any redeeming qualities. If anyone claims to find this film remotely amusing, it is best to distance oneself and never look back. Visit o2tv movies for more!