A Midsummer Night’s Rave (2002)

A Midsummer Night's Rave (2002) review for thescope.ca by 24 Hours to Midnight: The Blog!

Starring everyone’s favourite Teenage Caveman and Shakespeare adaptation pro Andrew Keegan, we thought that A Midsummer Night’s Rave would be a great way to celebrate this sultry summer. Naturally, we were wrong.

Gil Cates Jr. directed this mess of a film, adapting Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream into an outdated love story revolving around ecstasy and and an ugly leather jacket. The majority of the cast, which includes the Sherminator and the less-sketchy London twin, seem as though they’ve all graduated from the Matthew Lillard School of Acting and it is effing terrible. Oh, Carrie Fisher is also roped into this mess, appearing for about 10 seconds as someone’s mom.

Affordable teen heartthrob (Andrew Keegan) wears this awful motorcycle jacket throughout the movie. It is central to the film's plot. For serious.

Despite being released in 2002, there’s a distinct air of 1990s-ness to the whole thing. We kept a list as we were watching, so you can play 1990’s blackout bingo:

  • bucket hat
  • choker
  • Dr. Suess hat
  • fairy wings
  • faux fur top hat coat
  • feather boa
  • inflatable furniture
  • Mapquest
  • necklace, hemp
  • necklace, puka shell
  • plaid pants
  • quilted vest
  • tinted sunglasses
  • white lady cornrows

In the interest of real film criticism, we checked out the DVD bonus features. There were definitely some choice trailers (and a few additions to the watch list), but somehow the terrible commentary track by the director was even better than the movie itself. The director frequently pipes up to note that some detail was “in the original movie version!” He raves about the soundtrack, and at one point, devolves into a piteous attempt at reproducing the sounds. Rewind/repeat for full effect. Loop it and rave on through the rest of this sultry St. John’s summer.