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When an American guy decides to head off to Cabo San Lucas with a couple of his friends in a quest to lose his virginity, it is fair to say you can expect a great many laughs along the way. Throw in some nudity, some Jackass style silliness and some haphazard dwarves, and things become even funnier.

Quest, The
Movie
The Quest is essentially American Pie meets Jackass meets Road Trip, at least in its most fundamental form. These guys travel around, cause as much trouble as they can, pull pranks on one another and generally don’t really give a crap. It’s quite literally akin to those aforementioned films, only it’s more cringe worthy and hilarious thanks to its supposed realism. There were instances when I bit my bottom lip so hard it nearly bled and it was usually when the poor guy trying to get laid would drop some foul icebreaker on the nearest lass.

Things become even more absurd when two dwarves emerge onto the scene and also lay down their own quest to seduce the women and have a great time. In fact I think these two lovable dwarves steal the show in just about every way and it’s perhaps their quest that’s more interesting and fun than Eddie’s. I think a spin-off to this film with just this duo would be a riotous laugh and a huge success. Listen up producers…

Though this so called documentary does seem a little too obvious and staged at times, I nonetheless had a great time and laughed pretty much all the way though. It won’t be for everyone, but those who enjoyed the American Pie films will surely have a great time with The Quest. At the end of the day it’s only a bit of harmless summertime fun for the lads and I can assure you it won’t disappoint. It comes highly recommended.

Quest, The
Video
Shot on what appears to be DV cameras, The Quest has a very amateur feel to it on the whole. Darker scenes are typically coated with large blots of grain and lighter scenes are often washed out and drained of true-to-life colours. The image itself is quite sharp though, and for the most part it doesn’t look too shabby. For the source material at hand, the image does its job and does it pretty well.

Audio
The audio on this disc, encoded though Dolby Stereo, is something of a mixed bag. Dialogue through the centre channel is often inconsistent and not always distinguishable. You might just find yourself adjusting the volume from time to time as the audio perception increases and decreases. This does get frustrating as it means the film is either too quiet or too loud. Still, when the audio does function properly it sounds fairly decent. Dialogue itself can be pretty crisp and the many nightclub scenes create some pleasing sound, and all of which are handled quite well from the Dolby track.

Extras
The first thing to note about The Quest is that there are virtually no special features to speak of. Considering that I found the film to be rather amusing and that it held my attention for an hour and a half, I was sorely disappointed when I strolled into the extra feature menu only to be greeted with a meagre scraping of content. The menu system itself is a little boring too, being totally static and lifeless.

First up there is a large selection of deleted scenes, most of which are quite amusing and make for a worthy inclusion on the disc. ‘Hedonism 101’ is a collection of features that act as mini featurettes and each document different aspects of the film. It’s also worth noting that each of these run for only two to three minutes at best.

Quest, The
Overall
Though perhaps not one for the older parents, The Quest should prove to be a laugh for the young at heart and those who thought American Pie and Jackass were great films fun. If you’re into this breed of comedy, then you will find a lot to like about this film. The DVD itself is pretty decent, and while it’s clearly not overflowing with content and it isn’t the most technically gifted DVD, it nonetheless serves its purpose and is ample for the source material. Overall, The Quest is a good DVD and deserves a place on your shelf.


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