A Sneak Preview Of “National Lampoon presents Electric Apricot: Quest For Festeroo”

Posted by Levi in Reviews | 10.24.2007 at 4:00 pm

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I just finished previewing Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo and I’m still chuckling at a few of the jokes. If you didn’t catch our last post, this is a mockumentary (king of a comedy/documentary) about jam bands, their fans, and what the “jam band” lifestyle entails.

And it’s presented by none other than National Lampoon!

As the film began, I was still a bit puzzled because it looked like a real-life documentary. I didn’t really understand it either. To top things off, it didn’t seem very funny (and it was supposed to be hilarious!)

I almost quit watching after three minutes, but I’m glad that I stuck it out, because 10 minutes later, I was hooked!

I guess it was a bit slow because it didn’t have a big action sequence at the beginning to grab my attention, but it is filmed as a documentary, so that’s understandable. (Similar to This Is Spinal Tap from the eighties.)

As the film progressed, it got much funnier though, especially when Electric Apricot was initially coming together. Then once they hit the recording studio, it was freaking hilarious!

If you liked Napolean Dynamite or Borat, there’s a good chance you’ll like this. And as with those movies, it would be best to watch this with some friends and be in a good mood at the time. You have to let loose and get into it.

Bands are sure to love this and be able to relate to the conflicts and setbacks, while everyone else should at least be amused by the typical hippie lifestyle jokes.

If you want to see the film, you’ll have to wait till November 9th and hope that it’s showing in your area (see below.)

Showings on November 9th:

  • Asheville, NC
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Bloomington, IL
  • Boston, MA
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Decatur, IL
  • Dekalb, IL
  • Dover, DE
  • Durham, NC
  • Eau Claire, WI
  • El Paso, TX
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Lacrosse, WI
  • Manhattan, KS
  • Midlothian, VA
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Mobile, AL
  • Nashville, TN
  • Portland (Carvalis), OR
  • Raleigh, NC
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Savannah, GA
  • Winston-Salem, NC

If you live in one of those cities, round up some friends and go check it out.

If not, don’t worry. While the film is enjoyable, it’s not the greatest of all time, and there aren’t any big action sequences that look way better on the big screen. So just wait for it to come out on DVD 🙂

It might even be best to pick this up on DVD, because while it got off to a slow start the first time, I see myself watching this two or three more times. You will probably get more out of it on the second and third viewings anyway.

Overall, it’s like a song that starts to grow on you and gets better over time, instead of getting old.

Official website: Electric Apricot

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