For an accurate depiction of the
irresponsibility of college life, in particular the propensity to bulldoze
through handling of romantic relationships, you could do a lot worse than Shit
House. If you are in the middle of your own romantic entanglements, this may
not be the best choice for your mental/emotional state. While it is excusable as
a realistic depiction of youth, the way in which some of the characters treat poorly
is sometimes difficult to watch.
The film is
primarily focused on college freshman Alex (played by writer/director Cooper
Raiff), who is struggling to fit in and make connections. After months in
college, he still hasn’t made any friends and isn’t even able to connect with
his roommate (Logan Miller). Tagging along to a frat party, Alex is able to
start making connections, though he stumbles when he has an after-party fling
with his resident advisor, Maggie (Dylan Gelula).
Clinging to his
initial connection with Maggie, it doesn’t take long for Alex to smother her
into disinterest, and he is forced to face his own issues once again. I felt particularly
condemned by this, as I have made the mistake of over-eagerness in liking Instagram
posts and seen the same negative response. What I respect about Shit House is
that it doesn’t try and make the relationship the answer; Alex needs to figure
out who he is, separate from his connection to Maggie.
release for Shit House contains a handful of deleted scenes and a blooper reel.
There is also a short film, Madeline and Cooper.
Entertainment Value: 6.5/10
Special Features: 4/10