Senior Discount - VBW Attack!: The Senior Discount Movie [DVD]
Record Label: None
Release Date: January 2008
Senior Discount, a ska punk band from Rhode Island, have released their first full-length feature film entitled VBW Attack!: The Senior Discount Movie. The movie shows the four members of the band along with their posse, whom they call VBW, hanging out and pulling pranks on each other around town. Though the movie’s depiction claims to be a documentary on the band, that isn’t what you will witness. You won’t find out how the band got together, and you won’t see a group of guys learning to play their instruments or locked up in a recording studio jamming away and formulating ideas for songs. Rather they act like their music is a side project to catapult them into being comedians or stage performers, which is basically why VBW is there, to assist Senior Discount with their stunts.
The movie is narrated by the Senior Discount’s frontman and lead singer Chuck Staton, who is also responsible for putting this film together. He tells that they are all recent college graduates, but they act more like graduates of MTV’s Punk’d university than any where else, showing a knack for concocting scenarios that have their victims either throwing up or scarring some part of their body.
There is a short intro which lineups the members of the band that includes Kevin Silva on bass, Tom Wells on guitar, and Christian Staton on drums, followed by a lineup of the members of VBW starting with Alan Sousa, who seems to be the ringleader of the troupe. As a unit, the Senior Discount and the VBW egg each other on to go through with a series of pranks which can be as harmless as filling Tom Wells’ room with pumpkins for Halloween, to being deranged like getting hit by a friend’s car. The movie is a bunch of clips, each making its own statement, whether it be dropping 2,000 flyers in the atrium of a mall from the top floor to get people’s attention, or giving away a guitar to a member of their audience to jumpstart someone else to form a band. These are two of the more innocuous clips, because mentioning the others will only get the band and VBW in more trouble with the police.
Most of the skits are either goofy or down right insane, like getting a karate kick in the stomach performed by a martial arts instructor. Staton and Sousa also do a bit of a standup routine in front of their friends where they play a game of telling dirty facts about someone in the room displaying a Borat-type of humor. It’s a skit that late night talk show host Conan O’Brien would do on his show or something that one of the writers at Saturday Night live would come up with, and Staton and Sousa seem very comfortable doing standup comedy. Nothing is too shameful for them to reveal and no prank is too insane for them perform. It’s definitely a road that the Senior Discount and the VBW should consider taking, because playing music seems to only be something that they do as a side project. They enjoy being in front of the camera more, acting out scenes and telling jokes that have a shock-value.
As for the movie, it is entertaining for those who identify with people who play pranks. The movie has already developed a cult following in Rhode Island, according to Staton. I can see it bound for MTV since these guys perform skits just like the ones on the network’s series Punk’d. Staton quotes Puff Daddy at the ending, a MTV mainstay artist whom Staton deeply connects to and feels speaks the truth, or at least Puffy speaks Staton’s truth. Like Puffy Daddy, Staton shows aspirations of being an actor, and he and his crew gravitate to acting out scenes that have a shock-value.