Bruno & Boots: This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall 2017
Family | TV Movie 1 April 2017
Headmaster Sturgeon has had enough. In an attempt to put an end to Bruno and Boots high jinks, he declares that they are to be separated; no shared classes and, most certainly, no shared dorm room. This punishment is worse than anything the boys could have imagined. However, if Bruno and Boots can alienate every boy in Dormitory 3, Sturgeon will be forced to re-unite them. The plot almost succeeds, but one misstep forces the girls from the Scrimmage Academy for Education and Awakening to move into Macdonald Hall, leaving Bruno and Boots back where they started.
This Bruno and Boots is a mildly amusing comedy, a step up from the series’ earlier installment, Bruno and Boots: Go Jump in the Pool. The same cast, by now seemingly having an even better time working together than in the previous movie, are more at home in their roles. The mugging and overacting of the first movie has settled down, making this over-the-top comedy easier to enjoy. As in the previous installment, Peter Keleghan, in a role that requires seriousness and silliness, is delightful as the school’s earnest, sweet headmaster and Caroline Rhea as Miss Scrimmage, the touchy-feely headmistress of the nearby girls’ school, is a satisfying foil, occasionally coaxing the resistant Sturgeon into bursts of spontaneity. When a dance is suggested to promote friendship between the girls’ and boys’ schools, the headmaster objects to what he calls “movement” and “co-mingling,” a “forced gathering meant to prevent enmity.” Yet Miss Scrimmage gets him to boogie down nevertheless.
Jonny Gray as Bruno remains an energetic and likable performer in This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall. From the bacon-and-cheddar smoothies Bruno likes to the wealthy roommate whose quarters look more like the stock exchange than a dorm suite, plenty of imaginative oddities add up to make this a decent fictional take on over-privileged prep school life. You can tell this is all a complete fantasy, as none of the kids spend their waking hours staring into cell phones.
Director: Vivieno Caldinelli
Writers: Adam Barken, Gordon Korman
Stars: Marty Adams, Alvina August, Tariq Azees
Release Date: 1 April 2017 (Canada)
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4 / Version 2
File size : 2.42 GiB
Duration : 1 h 29 min
Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 3 849 kb/s