Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1
Director: Lloyd Kaufman
Writer: Lloyd Kaufman, Travis Campbell, Derek Dressler
Sequel to/Remake of: Class of Nuke ‘Em High
Cast: Asta Paredes, Catherine Corcoran, Zac Amico, Vito Trigo, Babette Bombshell, Adam P. Murphy, Brenda Rickert, William Dreyer, Robert Prichard
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Lauren (Catherine Corcoran) is new at Chrissy’s (Asta Paredes) school – and the two girls (apparently) take an instant dislike to each other. But when the school’s Glee club goes through a weird transformation, circumstances pushes the two girls closer together than they thought possible and together they tackle the mystery behind the changes.
Return to Nuke ‘Em High wasn’t more to my taste than Class of Nuke ‘Em High. Rather it was the other way round. Despite a few good ideas, there was more about it I didn’t like.
Generally I am in favor of more lgbtqia people in media, so I was very happy that they decided to go for a lesbian couple as the main characters in this movie. Though it did feel a bit like they only did so to show the dudes two kissing girls, they could have had two nameless girls kissing somewhere for that – movies of this kind often do. At least they are the protagonists here and get to have a life outside of their lesbianness. [This is still nothing more than a lukewarm endorsement.]
I also thought that having The Cretins be the former Glee club was a brilliant idea. They had me everytime they started singing. On the other hand, I didn’t feel like the costume department was as creative as the first time round.
But there were a few things that rubbed me the wrong way. They repeatedly use gay slurs – The Cretins used to be the Glee Poofs, for example. And they also had a seemingly endless, excruciating scene where Lauren half-swallows a duck which is not only silly and not funny per se, it’s also referred to as “duck rape” and I just hate it when the word rape is used so lightly. And that’s not the only time the film makes rape jokes. Plus, there’s a bit of racism thrown in the mix, just so that they make sure that they cover all the buttons they can press to make me angry.
And it just wasn’t as entertaining. My feelings towards the first one are meh at best, but this one was still disappointing.
Summarizing: Nope, really not my thing.