Genre Grandeur – Up the Creek (1984) – Encore Review 2 – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – College Based Films. here’s a review of Up the Creek (1984) by me.

Thanks again to Jason Stershic of Agent Palmer for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by me and we will be reviewing our favorite Oscar nominated/winning Films.

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Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“You’re not *at* the bottom of the list, you *are* the bottom of the list.” – Dean Burch

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater, DVD, 14 Aug 2013, 28 Mar 2019 and 27 Feb 2022)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – A group of underachievers are chosen by their school to represent them in a rafting race between the best Universities in the country.

My Take on it – This is one of the first movies that came to mind when Jason chose this month’s genre.

I have always loved the campy-ness of this film ever since I saw it in the theater as a 10 year old (what were my parents thinking) and laugh so hard every time that I watch it.

Yes, there are far too many plot holes and the story itself makes very little sense, but the characters, dialogue and script are just so much fun to watch as things unfold.

The way that they keep things so light and fun is great and despite knowing how silly it is, it still stays so engaging from start to finish.

Tim Matheson is superbly cast in the lead role and it’s unfortunate that he wasn’t given more opportunities over the years to show that he is more than just a supporting actor.

The film has a superb 80’s soundtrack which stays so much fun to listen to.

I most especially love the title song by Cheap Trick.

Check it out here:

The jokes are quite clever and are on a much higher level than one might expect from a screwball comedy like this one.

Jennifer Runyon is superb in one of her earliest roles.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Playboy Playmate Jeana Keough said she refused to film the raft scene because it was shot during the Summer Solstice when the river was the highest it had ever been and seemed far too dangerous. She made them use a body double. She said they ended up casting a double who was fatter and not very cute, which she suspects they did to get back at her for not shooting the scene. But then the boat capsized and one of the other girls got caught under the raft. Luckily, the girl wasn’t injured. But Keough went to the producers and said “See? That could have been me and it could have been a lot worse.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)


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