Up the Creek (1984) – By Duane L. Martin


Four students from one of the worst colleges in the country are blackmailed by the dean into joining a river rafting race to bring some semblance of victory and prestige to the college, but even facing the threat of blackmail they’re reluctant to do it.  When they’re promised degrees in the field of their choice if they agree however, they all jump at the chance.  So, to that end they all jump into an SUV along with their trusty border collie Jake and a big rubber raft and head out to the river for some beer, some womanizing and a heated rivalry with not only a group of elite preppy types, but also a group of ROTC guys who are trying to stop them at every turn.

I love goofball comedies from the 80s.  I always have, and I always will.  So when I got notice that Kino Lorber was releasing Up the Creek on blu-ray, I requested it to review right away.

I want to say I saw this movie as a kid.  Since my birthday is in December, I was still just 13 when this film came out in April of 1984.  Unfortunately, my memory works about as well as a broken clock, I’m not sure if I ever saw it or not.  There’s something familiar about the name, but that’s where my recollections end.  That’s why I was so eager to see the film.  I wanted to see if it sparked any memories for me.  Unfortunately, it didn’t, so I must not have ever seen it before.  Still, with a cast that included Tim Matheson and Stephen Furst from Animal House, Dan Monahan from Porky’s, Julie Montgomery from Revenge of the Nerds, and the crazy hot Jennifer Runyon in her first ever movie role, I just had to see it.  Suffice it to say, I wasn’t disappointed.

This movie is pretty much exactly what you’d expect from an 80s comedy of this sort.  Hot girls, a cheesy, almost cartoonish story, sex, beer, etc….  It’s exactly the kind of a film that you’d pop in on a Saturday night with some friends while you’re having pizza and looking for something fun to watch.  The acting is good, the cast is chock full of favorites from other movies, and there’s no part of it that ever gets boring.  You can’t beat that with a stick, but you can buy it and add it to your collection, which I most wholeheartedly recommend.

For special features, this new release from Kino Lorber includes interviews with cast members Stephen Furst and Sandy Halberg, the “Up the Creak” music video from the band Cheap Trick, and the original theatrical trailer.

Like I said, if you love 80s comedies like Porky’s, Revenge of the Nerds, etc…, then you’ll love Up the Creek.  Yeah it’s silly and stupid, but that’s what makes it fun.

If you’d like to find out more about this release, you can check out its page on the Kino Lorber website here: http://www.kinolorber.com/video.php?id=2232