Drunk Bus starts off like any other crude college comedy. Michael (Charlie Tahan) drives a bus on the campus loop. The route has him transporting students to and from bars. He pines for his ex girlfriend and seems to have no direction in his life. After getting attacked by a passenger one night, his boss hires a security guard (Pineapple Tangaroa) to protect him. The two form a strong bond.
It is a simple premise that has a rich history in cinema. Drunk Bus has the comedy chops to be another classic. There are some over the top moments and great one liners. The film is effortlessly funny. It is not the humor that makes Drunk Bus stand out, however. Instead, the story takes a deeper look than most films in the genre do. The relationship between Michael and Pineapple is inevitable. From the moment the two meet, it is clear they are destined to teach each life lessons.
As the two get to know each other, there are the expected deep moments and revelations. There is a sweet sincerity to Drunk Bus that many similar movies try to accomplish. The fact that it is able to do so is part of its charm. It also says something about college coming of age movies in general. The genre will always exist due to it’s relatability. Drunk Bus shows there is also room for authentic college stories. The film is filled with the expected silliness, but it also has real heart.
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