To the cheerfully clueless Ethan (Seth Packard), it seems like his overbearing mother and older brother are hell bent on sabotaging his entire life. The only person who seems to understand him is high school hottie Madison - not the real Madison, but the life-sized cutout of her that's affixed to Ethan's closet door. When things at home become unbearable, Ethan heads out to California to spend the summer with his cousins. An already complicated situation spirals hopelessly out of control, however, when it becomes unmistakably apparent that Ethan's cousin Cleo (Lauren McKnight) wants to be more than just family.
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Factory sealed DVD
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My wife and I watched "HottieBoombaLottie" on a Friday evening on a whim several weeks ago, not having any idea what to expect. Although by no means deep, it's a charming coming-of-age movie about a teenage boy who is obsessed with the hottest girl in his class, going so far as to carry around a life-sized cardboard cut-out of her. Meanwhile, the girl won''t give him the time of day, but winds up going after his older brother. Then, while spending the summer in California with his cousins, he meets a girl who is a cousin to his cousins, but who is not blood related to him. She is clearly enamored of him, but he remains obsessed with the hot girl back home.
This brief description of the first part of the movie may make it sound as though this is a trite, shallow film. Yet, despite its lack of profundity and its predictable ending, the acting is so superb and the story is so charming and uplifting that it makes for a wonderful 80 minutes of entertainment.
Yes, Mr. Packard, there are many of us who recognize what you have done here. Seth Packard has created a wonderful little film, a film far superior to Napoleon Dynamite. It has what most big films don't have today: decent, likable characters. Packard has the confidence to show us rather than tell us and his sense of timing is superb. I hope that he can stay true to himself and keep making fun, decent films like this. I hope that Hollywood doesn't lure him to apply his great talent to produce more of their usual dreck. Kudos to Packard for rising above the level of most Hollywood films.
Seth Packard is a genius. This movie delivers so much fun and includes so many great scenes. Napoleon Dynamite is a good movie, but Hottie Boomba Lottie is an EXCELLENT movie. Packard and Lauren McKnight deliver astounding performances in this film about high school crushes and coming of age experiences. I am so glad I happened to run across this movie and rent it. I will be ordering it from Amazon after this review.
If you enjoy movies that take you places you're not expecting, deliver strange leading characters, and keeps the plot interesting from the opening credits, then Hottie Boomba Lottie is the movie for you! Buy it today, and help support this young and energetic film-maker with a bright future!
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