Starring: Chris Cannon, Gina Maria Destra, Jennifer Flint, Effie Hortis,
Nicholas Joseph Kattar, Evy Lutzky
Directed by: Stephen Stahl
Story: Playroom introduces us to Max, Jimmy, Norm, Nick and Jason at the
age of eighteen. As young men, we share with them their dreams, loves,
and friendships. Once again, we meet them at age forty and learn how their
lives have unfolded as we experience their marriages, strengths and
disappointments. The group is together now on their annual football
weekend, this year in Philadelphia. While bonding and enjoying the vibrant
nightlife, they become separated only to find a darkness they have never
What in the world did I get myself into? Seriously, explaining why I didn't
like this movie sounds like a waste of my time. With that said, I'll try to get
straight to the point. I recently got to watch the TLA release Playroom.
Playroom introduces us to Max, Jimmy, Norm, Nick and Jason at the age of
eighteen. Best friends since early childhood, they have bonded deeper than
natural brothers, but not in a gay way. As young men, we share with them
their dreams, loves, and friendships as well as life's hopes and frustrations.
For the first fifteen minutes of the film we get to see these football jocks
party it up by getting drunk and snorting cocaine. Later we meet with them
again at the age of forty (yeah right) and learn how their lives have
unfolded as we experience their marriages, strengths and disappointments.
The group gets together for their annual football weekend. This year it's in
Philadelphia. In Philly they do exactly what they did when they were
teenagers. Get drunk and do cocaine (???), only this time they're old
enough to go club hopping.
While bonding and enjoying the vibrant nightlife, they become separated.
Two of the guys hook upwith some fine ladies and end up in a mysterious
place where they condone in sexual acts. Keep in mind, these two chaps
are married. The whole gang has fun in town, but soon their fun becomes a
struggle of life or death where everyone must pay the price. Sounds
interesting right? Nope not at all. It actually reminds me of other movies,
like "Hostel" only this one features a bunch of jocks who end up paying for
their sins. Not in that "Saw" type of way either. Their luck just flips upside
down. Playroom starts off like a campy 80's teen sports flick. Right off the
bat the acting is very cheesy and you start to get annoyed by the
characters. Want to know something funny? Playroom is not the original
title of the movie. This film was originally released under the title
"Consequences," which actually fits more and makes sense.
"Playroom" is just TLA Releasing's way of fooling everyone into thinking
that this is going to be a gory - ultraviolent flick. It's far from that, we
don't get into anything horrific until the first hour or so. Playroom is a
horrible title and we hardly even get a mention of it in the film. It's not so
much about the film's setting, it's more about the terrible situations that
these guys go through on their trip to Philly. A night of clubbing turns into
a weekend of torture and butt rape. Butt rape with large sex toys at that. I
haven't seen that many sex toys on film since Euro Trip. Sadly, Euro Trip
was a comedy and much more enjoyable. Consequences...mm excuse me,
"Playroom" is not that great of a movie. It's far from great, and it's
nowhere near good either. It's just another mind numbing experience that
I wish I could take back. The only thing I found rewarding about the movie
was the character interactions.
The five main actors in the film are great. At times they can be one
dimensional, but for the majority of the picture they show heart. The
emotional attachments and bonding were nicely done. At one point I even
felt sorry for some of them. That's great acting from our main cast, but
what killed it was the direction. The characters other than the main five
were lousy and pathetic. The death scenes in Playroom are terrible. Not
that the kills themselves are terrible, it's the way everything was edited.
The horrible edits killed the bloody goodness. On top of that, we're treated
to an unnecessary twist near the end. When I say unnecessary, I really do
mean it. Playroom isn't something I would recommend at all. You can save
time and money just by avoiding it. The story is generic, the acting is
cheesy and it's horribly cut together. The bad acting and anal raping make
this one experience I strongly regret.
Runtime: 86 minutes
Studio: TLA Releasing
Review done by: Nightmare Child
Online since: February 20th, 2006