Josh Duhamel’s directorial effort, “Buddy Games: Spring Awakening,” proves to be a disappointing sequel to the original film. The story revolves around a group of six friends, all of whom are deeply unlikable, reuniting after a prolonged estrangement. Their mission is to scatter the ashes of their deceased comrade at the beach resort where they first devised the “Buddy Games.” However, their plans are derailed 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 forced to compete against much younger teams.
However, the film quickly abandons this premise and introduces an even worse plotline. Two of the friends find themselves entangled in a peculiar cult led by a deranged leader determined to transform alpha males. Meanwhile, the remaining two embark on a quest to find their departed friend’s long-lost love. 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” fails on all fronts. The characters are repugnant, the humor falls flat, and the storytelling lacks coherence. Duhamel’s direction lacks finesse, and the performances by the cast are uninspiring. The film’s attempts at sincerity in its final moments only elicit incredulous laughter. It is ultimately a pitiful production devoid of humor or any redeeming qualities. If someone claims to find this film amusing, it’s best to question their taste in comedy. Visit o2tvseries for more!