December 30, 2005
Boobs, beer and bad language. Sounds like the perfect male dominated night out, and The Quest pretty much is, but with a storyline hidden somewhere in the depths of vomit and unsavoury behaviour. This documentary film shows us the shallower side of American college boys as they venture to Mexico for the traditional party time known as Spring Break. It’s the obnoxious offspring of Jackass and American Pie, and yet highly watchable. At first glance it looks like someone’s holiday video showing him and his mates getting drunk and dicking about, but there’s something deeper being addressed, the minds of young adults, the male attitude and the social and peer pressures of life.
In 2003, seven college buddies take a camera crew to Cabo San Lucas to document every sordid lust fuelled and alcohol driven experience, and they also have a mission. That mission being; to get Eddie, the virgin, laid. Its the perfect setting for Eddie to be guided by his inebriated brethren, the sun is out and the beaches and nightclubs are jammed packed of scantily clad women who seem perfectly happy to lift up their tops and get into a sexual position contest with a dwarf.
As you would expect from seven guys in their early twenties hitting the open road – the conversation doesn’t stray far from two topics, beer and sex. If you can get passed the first ten minutes in which the guys discuss weather, ‘if anal sex counts as losing your virginity’ and take bets on how long Eddie will last on his first time, then the next ninety minutes are for you. As deceiving as the content is, there is some genuine heart shown through that fact that Eddie has some standards and is not afraid to try and romance a girl with dinner, wine and conversation. Also seeing Matt wrestle with the fact that his girlfriend back home is missing him and crying down the phone, throws some unsuspected sensitivity into the story, but that doesn’t stop the rest of the group from partying. You can’t help but laugh along with some of the juvenile yet hilarious pranks and antics they come up with as they harass the intoxicated, by twating them on the head with a giant inflatable penis to pushing a condom between the butt checks of a sleeping room mate. It’s all good fun!
This lad’s mag in film format is a direct result of movies such as American Pie, Eurotrip and other such gross-out sex comedies, but this is a documentary and has a certain appearance of truth behind it. It’s obviously edited and cut with rigid structure in mind and still captures the ‘spontaneity’ of events, as the camera is always conveniently in the right place, even if it takes the focus off the main characters. Taking its cues from popular ‘reality’ shows that fill up the TV schedules like Big Brother, Cops or The Real World and scored with some pleasing punk, rock and hip hop, The Quest feels much like MTV, with swearing and naked female flesh.
An amusing set of extras, guaranteed to raise a giggle from the 20 minutes of deleted scenes in which we can see Eddie shave his testicles, big Hans get completely naked and even more attacking with a giant inflatable penis. Also in the extra titled Hedonism 101, we get a handful of 2-5 minutes pieces which feature interviews with Hotel managers and maids, bartenders and bar owners of the resorts visited in the film. They tell us all sorts of sick, filthy and crude horror stories of the years past when spring break comes around to their hometown.