We could all use a laugh in these trying times. That is why I was happy to attend a press screening of the indie comedy Reboot Camp. The movie follows David Lipper as Seymour, who takes on a fake Guru persona in order to prove how easily people can fall into this cult like atmosphere. Seymour along with his brother Danny, played by Keli Price, film the exploits at their sham wellness retreat without the participants knowing the truth. What will happen when all is revealed to these true believers?
Fans of the many documentaries on this subject know this premise is not far fetched at all. A few examples would be Wild Wild Country, The Vow and LulaRich. This is a fascinating world to explore, and Reboot Camp clearly found a new way in. The narrative film has a fast and loose improvised style, like The Foot Fist Way or Arrested Development.
It’s worth noting this event was held safely outdoors. We sat in lawn chairs under the night sky and listened to the audio through headphones to drowned out street noise or the occasional helicopter. Many members of the cast and crew were there including comedy legend David Koechner.
A highlight was when David Koechner was about to step onto the red carpet to show his iconic balding visage, he asked “How does my hair look?” Laughter broke out followed by my reply “aerodynamic”. David pointed at me in affirmation, then stepped in front of a barrage of flashing press cameras striking a few humorous poses.
Reboot Camp features a diverse cast from many facets of the entertainment industry. These names include Ed Begley Jr., Ja Rule, Nicole Aniston, Johnny Bananas, Billy Morrison, Chaz Bono, Eric Roberts, Shar Jackson and June Lee.
The movie did a fine job spreading this cast and the laughs over the length of the runtime. There is a story here, dealing with family in both the paternal and the communal sense. I was impressed with the production design of Reboot Camp. It featured a gosh painting of our Guru and a representation of a body part that delivered many laughs. Even text that popped up during an infomercial parody earned a big laugh.
True to its indie roots, several of the actors in Reboot Camp are also producers. Such as David Lipper as Producer and Keli Price as a Co-Producer. Reboot Camp is the second feature for Ivo Raza as a Writer/Director. The whole production came together nicely.
However, much like the world it portrays, Reboot Camp is not perfect. A running theme of infidelity was overplayed. It left me losing track of how many characters where having, or have had an affair. Also, some jokes simply did not land. These are minor points however, the movie overall was a lasting and effective comedy.
Upon final reflection, Reboot Camp is a cult Comedy worth a watch. If you are a fan of indie free-form Comedy, you will feel right at home. Reboot Camp is available to rent or buy on many platforms including Amazon, iTunes and Vudu.
4th May 2021
THE QUICK SELL
After finding out that his wife has blown their life savings on self-help gurus, Seymour teams up with his brother Danny, a filmmaker, to document how easy it is to start a fake self-help group