Hey gang, Valkor here. The call has been sent out for more comedies to come my way and there have been quite a few responses. And first out of the box, HairBrained DVD, harkens back to the days of “Revenge of the Nerds”… only not as funny, zero nudity, but it has loads to do with revenge.
In HairBrained, 13 turning 14 year old, crazy-haired Eli Pettifog (Alex Wolff) enters college a few years early and on his first day… well, things aren’t going so great. First off his mom doesn’t even take him to the school, she drops him off at a bus stop, he instantly makes a college nemesis, befriends a 41 year old failure at life named Leo, who is looking to recapture it in some way (Brendan Fraser) and to make matters even worse, the school he’s attending, Whittman, wasn’t his school of choice to begin with. Eli really wanted to go to Harvard but they rejected him. Yet, he takes much of the spirit along with him in the form of Harvard paraphernalia. During a Collegiate Intelligence event, Eli witnesses his Harvard heroes trounce the Whittman team and by rooting for Harvard he thinks he has an in. But lo and behold they dump on him big time. Now Eli’s at a school that he hates and hated by his favorite school. What’s a boy to do? He gets revenge that’s what. Eli joins Whittman’s Collegiate Mastermind team in hopes of leading them to victory against the Harvard team. Can Eli lead his team towards that golden trophy, trouncing the school he once held so dear to his heart?
HairBrained is a buddy comedy that had the potential to be more than the sum of its part; they got the buddy aspect down pat but the rest of the film doesn’t flow so well. And I’ll tell you why in the TOV Breakdown.
HairBrained is a lighthearted, fun and entertaining comedy that’s not heavy on the laughs but it will make you smile, even chuckle at some of its jokes. I was expecting something edgier, but I’ll take what I can get when it comes to fun, especially when I'm limited to mainly watching horror or action, yea I'll take even a light-hearted comedy to even things out. The plot is pretty straightforward with a twist ending that’s mild, but I accept it. Fraser and Wolff make an awesome duo, though at first it was a little uncomfortable, they do have amazing onscreen chemistry together (no homo). The rest of the supporting cast scrape by meager performances, but nothing that truly hinders the overall film. And I’ll save any hindrance talk for…
As much as I liked HairBrained, I felt the film to be a botched effort as I expected more from it – mainly more laughs. Again, as I said in the previous section, you’ll get a few chuckles, but considering the plot or even the box art, I was expecting more of a “laugh out loud” type of tale. Maybe I’m just too much into potty humor or maybe this film needs more of it. Next up, the film drags; a film such as HairBrained, doesn’t need a runtime of nearly 100 minutes – 80 minutes would have been just fine, being able to tell a much tighter story and maybe, just maybe the jokes would hit a little harder. Finally, is the film a comedy? A drama? A dramedy perhaps? I’m not sure and the film isn’t entirely sure as well. You get a bit of both but the two don’t exactly mesh all that well together.
HairBrained is available now and while the film has its moments of fun, it something of a letdown when it comes to laughs. However, I’d still recommend it if you’re looking for something mellow and entertaining. And out of TOV 5 stars, I’m gonna meet HairBrained halfway and give it a 2.5. Take care, cut your hair!