The Slumber Party
Director: Veronica Rodriguez
Man, what is there to say about this movie? Nothing good really. The Slumber Party is the newest movie found on Disney+. Now, there is cringey Disney shows, and there’s cringey Disney shows. This movie falls into the latter.
The Slumber Party was a difficult watch. After the trailer, I saw many similarities to The Hangover, but I didn’t expect this many similarities. Filled with cringey moments, meh characters, and a plot ripped straight out of another movie, I can’t in good faith recommend this movie. The only redeeming quality this movie has is that it is family friendly. If you are in a position where you can’t watch the superior movie, The Hangover, then this is the only situation where you should watch this movie.
Now, before I rip this movie to shreds, I’m going to go over a few things that I did enjoy. For one, the humor was alright. I did have a chuckle here and there, but it wasn’t anything like the way I laughed in other comedies, like Barbie which I recently watched. Besides that, I also liked the final reveal of everything at the end of the movie.
I’m not exactly sure if hypnotism can make you act like you’re drunk, but I’ll suspend my disbelief for now. I guess the final thing that was okay about this movie was that there is no a “kid-friendly” way to enjoy a movie like The Hangover, without it being The Hangover.
If you liked the style of The Hangover, and wanted to watch that with some children, then this movie fits that niche. I do have to say, my favourite scene definitely was the interrogation scene. It was unhinged and quite brutal, which made it actually funny.
With all that out of the way, let’s get into some of the reasons why I didn’t like this movie.
First off, characters didn’t really click with me. The main cast’s chemistry together was passable, but it wasn’t anything special. I think my biggest gripe about the characters is the weird relationship between Mikey and Veronica.
Maybe it’s just the actors that they used, but having some hinted romantic things between these two characters gave me a weird feeling. Veronica looks like the 14-year-old the movie is trying to portray. Mikey on the other hand, looks way older. I don’t want to say early twenties, but that’s the vibe I’m getting from him. Their whole dynamic just shook me a bit. Just a bit on the weird side.
Besides the characters, I have to say that the actual plot of the movie wasn’t that entertaining. I know I’m comparing this movie to The Hangover quite a bit, but it’s because they’re too similar.
In this case, The Slumber Party aged all the characters down and changed their genders. After that, it follows the exact same plot points as The Hangover. Now, The Hangover does this better because the plot points in that movie are actually funny. In The Slumber Party, none of the moments in the movie are actually funny. Since The Hangover was rated R, they could do a lot with their movie. In The Slumber Party’s case, it felt like everything had to be toned down quite a bit. If this movie had older characters, some of the scenes in the movie would be funnier.
All this movie boils down to is that it feels like a cheap knockoff of The Hangover. From the characters, to the plot points, to even the final reveal where our missing person turns up, The Slumber Party just feels like a parody with child actors. As I said before, I can’t in good faith recommend this movie to anyone who is able to watch The Hangover. Do yourself a favor and watch that instead. If by some chance you want to watch this style of movie with someone who can’t watch The Hangover, this might be the only situation where I’d watch this movie. Even then, I’d avoid it. There’s better things to watch.