staten island summerToday’s Cheeseball Cinema film is very misleading in that it fooled me completely. When I first saw it advertised on Netflix I surely thought that it was going to be a B-movie version of Project Xor something close to that. What I did see was something completely different in this Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live) produced film. The film is about a group of friends that have spent many summers as life guards at Great Kills Swim Club on Staten Island. For Danny (Graham Phillips), it’s going to be his last summer ever as he is getting to go off to Harvard. The only problem is that Danny and his best friend and fellow life guard Frank (Zack Pearlman) have not lived life to the fullest and so with the last big part of the year in the horizon, they hope to make it a great one. The only problem is that their boss Chuck Casino (Michael Patrick O’Brien) is trying to ruin their last summer shindig. The film also stars Method Man as Konko, John DeLuca (Teen Beach Movie) as Anthony, Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live) as Mary Ellen, Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) as Skootch, Ashley Greene (Twilight) as Crystal Manicucci, Fred Armisen (Portlandia) as Victor, Jackson Nicoll (Bad Grandpa) as Wendell, Gina Gershon (Killer Joe) as Ms. Greeley, Penny Marshall (Laverne & Shirley) as Dolores, Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos) as Leo Manicucci, Jim Gaffigan as Danny’s Dad, Kellie Cockrell and Katie Cockrell (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Rebecca and Rachel, Will Forte (The Watch) as Griffith, and the film was directed by Rhys Thomas (Saturday Night Live).

statenIt has been a very long time since I found anything really funny from the people behind Saturday Night Live, but I have to say that this film really surprised me. I really enjoyed watching the film and it provided me with a lot of laughs at all the right moments. It’s one of those films that deserves to be up there with the likes of The Girl Next Door, Projext X, etc. The film featured a mix of crew members from the last gen of SNL to the current gen and I kind of liked it. I especially thought that Cecily Strong did a really good job in this film. For those of you out there that are wondering if there is any T&A in this film, there is some especially during the pool scene at the party. The film has some combos that are just hilarious and that work well together like Fred Armisen and Jackson Nicoll who bring plenty of the laughs to the table. Like I said above, this film fooled me because I thought it was going to be cheesy, but it ended up being excellent. I am surprised this film was never released into theaters, but it’s available on Netflix right now as we speak. So on a scale of one being close to an a-list Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give this film a 1 for a final grade. I was duped people, but it was worth it. Hey if you are on Facebook, visit and like our page for the blog Moshpits & Movies here.

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