20th Aug2018

‘The Package’ Review (Netflix)

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Daniel Doheny, Geraldine Viswanathan, Sadie Calvano, Luke Spencer Roberts, Eduardo Franco, Michael Eklund, Gary Jones, Alexander Calvert, Sugar Lyn Beard, Blake Anderson | Written by Kevin Burrows, Matt Mider | Directed by Jake Szymanski

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When a group of teenage friends go on a spring break camping trip, an unfortunate accident sets off a race against time to save their friend’s most prized possession.

The Package is your clear-cut rudimental gross-out comedy with a dash of unconvincing romance and little to no actual substantial merit nor filmmaking prowess. Although to say that one cannot find entertainment value in the sheer absurdity of events, would be lying through their teeth.

Even in the vile preposterous moments of childish, lowbrow humour. The film manages to pull itself up with grace from intelligible legitimacy. Far gone from the age of the direct-to-DVD American Pie circuit entertainment, that this venture ever so comes so close to falling into, yet even with the similarities, The Package feels more reminiscent of the original trilogy of films that defined itself through gross-out humour and expanded an era of the coming of age genre ten-fold, with the ramifications and inspiration felt strong still to this day. American Pie, however, ultimately vilified itself in moments of vague heartfelt life lessons but took a trilogy of films to do so to feel such a connection and engagement (quite literally) with an audience that grew alongside each entry, both physically and metaphorically.

The Package is more in the same vein of the earlier efforts of said notorious American Pie franchise that focus on the terrifying, shock comedy moments of humiliation, rather the sentimentality of adolescence, in which the franchise found stability within, but then again to its credit The Package never, nor wants to establish itself as such. It bathes in the ludicrous and has some fun with it along the way, if not in such an over-abundant fashion that only ridicules itself a little too much than the intended manner of self-deprecation that has blown up once again as of late within the genre of comedy.

Geraldine Viswanathan once again steals the show, as she did in her breakout role in Blockers. She manages to perfectly balance humour with terrific timing and charismatic engagement with a character that has arguably the only, but ultimately strongest depth of all the characters involved.

The Package is on Netflix now.

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