Every year during graduation week, the college I attended also hosted various reunion years. One time the 30-somethings of the 10-year reunion threw quite a memorable bash. In this same spirit Spring Breakdown follows Ashley (Amber Tamblyn) as she embarks on an outrageous spring break, only to be followed by her Senator mother’s appointed chaperones, Becky St. Germaine (Parker Posey), Gayle O’Brien (Amy Poehler) and Judi Joskow (Rachel Dratch).
These three extremely funny ladies ruled the ’90s and are still stealing girly hearts today. All three women, though straight, often play interestingly queer characters, whether it is through gender presentation, quirkiness or straight up sass, making them popular lesbian icons in their own right.
But to add to the dyke draw, one of Ashley’s adventures along the way includes a steamy girl kiss with blonde Aussie hottie Mason Masters (Sophie Monk).
Even as the crowd gawks and Warrant’s “Sweet Cherry Pie” blasts in the background it, feels OK to watch with prurient interest. It may be an experimental kiss for a straight girl, and it is surely aimed as much at the male audience as the female, but it’s a comedic coming-of-age story wherein the nerd finally gets some action.
If experimental bisexuality is part of college growing pains, so be it!
Ashley learns from the three older ladies that you can be a nerd and still be beautiful and have fun. They, in turn, get to experience a spring break they never had and relieve their own independent “Women Gone Wild.” It’s a flick that looks hilariously almost poignant and I am perplexed and saddened that it has been released straight to DVD. But at least you can pick it up now.