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Georgetown University’s Newspaper of Record since 1920

The Hoya

Georgetown University’s Newspaper of Record since 1920

The Hoya

‘Forever’ United

It is always easier to tear something down than to build it up, and for the last six months, few on campus – including this editorial board – have hesitated even slightly to lambaste GUSA’s debut film, “Georgetown Forever.”

Respect for the project was low and expectations for the finished product even lower. Still, as hundreds of people left the film’s premiere last Friday night, one could not help but think that maybe all the naysayers were at least partially premature in their derision.

Someone standing in Red Square last Friday night would have seen a surprisingly large crowd coalescing to watch something that their classmates had created from scratch. It was an audience large enough to fill the ICC Auditorium and an overflow room. This secondary viewing place even had too few desks to meet demand.

For two hours, students had the opportunity to watch fellow Hoyas poke fun at the things we all know and love: College Democrats play College Republicans; GUTV delivers breaking news; the Corp is the last hope for food and Jack the Bulldog kills a gladiator-like Ivy-leaguer.

There are many laughs to be had while watching “Georgetown Forever”, but not for the sake of cynicism alone. The film manages to intelligently reference a wide cross-section of Georgetown’s unique qualities that it often generates legitimate, intentional humor.

No, the purpose of student government is not to make expensive movies. There are many real causes to be undertaken at Georgetown – ones that the student government consistently fails to address. Resources are scarce for student groups; the money spent on this film could most certainly have gone elsewhere. Outside of GUSA, few think that this was a wise investment. In fact, it was a terrible one.

But sometimes awful decisions may still yield results with significant merit. The film did succeed in uniting Hoyas together, at least for one night. And a school with no film major or minor and a marginal music program now has a self-made movie that captures university character and exhibits the talent of student film-makers and musicians.

Put simply, while not horrific, “Georgetown Forever” will not be winning any Oscars. The film presents a montage of recognizable campus locations and self-aware jokes rather than a remotely believable plot, with a cohesive narrative arc that characterizes cinema as an art form. At times it drags or the sound seems just a little out of synch. At one point the film subjects the audience to an appearance by Student Association President Twister Murchison – shirtless.

In the end, however, “Georgetown Forever” accomplishes GUSA’s goal of promoting school spirit, however wastefully. One can only hope that this they may have such success in the future with ventures more worthy of the time and money invested.

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