SXSW Review: Brotherhood


Director:Will Canon

Cast:Jon Foster, Trevor Morgan, Arlen Escarpeta, Preston Vanderslice

Running Time:81 Minutes


Every year SXSW brings some iconic college movie that literally begs for a distributor. This year we have Will Canon's Brotherhood, a fresh take on the "˜family' aspect of college fraternities.

The film, which takes place over the course of one night, shows what all can happen when an innocent hazing episode goes ruthlessly wrong. Told to go into a convenient store and demand $19.10 at gunpoint, the new pledges aren't quite sure this is what they signed up for.

When one pulls down the mask and enters the store, they are greeted with a less than innocent clerk behind the counter who isn't afraid to fire back. From there things get sticky as the brothers begin to question their actions and attempt to save their "˜brother' while preserving the image of their frat.

Featuring a brilliant script by Doug Simon and director Will Canon, Brotherhood avoids the quicksand that usually accompanies films of this genre, bypassing the stereotypes and giving audiences a fun-filled experience through hell.

Jon Foster and Trevor Morgan serve as our leading stars, fully demanding your attention as they weave in and out of trouble. Their talent is impressive from the opening scene, leaving nothing on the table as they attempt to make everything right for all involved. However, it is the combined forces of the unusually large male-dominated cast that truly gives the film a cohesive tone.

With that said, the true heart of this film is its story. Filled with the usual "˜brothers stick together' motto, the film puts a unique spin on an age-old tale. And while you may think you know how it is all going to end, you will be shocked when the final reveal presents itself. Not only is it unexpected, but after you sit and think about what just happened , there really was no other way to provide effective closure.

Brotherhood is a film for the youth. It is a near realistic viewpoint of today's times, and will probably be a bit dramatic for those who went through the Greek system decades ago. It is fun, entertaining and downright brutal"”all of which comes together to form one of my favorite films at this year's SXSW Film Festival.


About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *