Dry, sardonic wit at its best!
CreepyT | Colorado, United States | 02/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I used to follow this show when I was in high school, and have since mourned the loss of the cable television with which to view the reruns. My craving for cynical humor having piqued, and there being few other outlets with which to quell this craving, I was compelled to buy the two available Daria DVD's.
This DVD plays out like one long (just over an hour) episode. Is it Fall Yet? tells a story of summer hiatus from the mundane pit otherwise known as school. However, is the summer break really much of a break from prosaic servitude? Quinn is getting help from a tutor in hopes of raising her college entrance exam scores, Kevin and Brittney are attempting to survive as pool lifeguards, Jane is attending an artists colony that might not be all it's cracked up to be, and Daria's mother signs her up for a stint at the OK-to-Cry Corral as a counselor. Furthermore, Daria is attempting to make sense of her relationship with Tom, her best friend Jane's ex-boyfriend (which is a conundrum in itself). However, all will wade through their various forays into humdrum subjugation and surface having learned valuable life-lessons.
In addition to the film, two bonus episodes are included. Fire! and Dye Dye My Darling both take place before the movie. In Fire!, Daria's father accidentally sets fire to their home, causing the Morgendorfers to temporarily move into a hotel while repairs are made. This is where the sparks begin to fly between Daria and Jane with regards to Tom. In Dye Dye My Darling, Daria is forced to help Jane recognize the tiger within by streaking her hair. When the dye job is somewhat less-than-successful, Jane views it as Daria's way of trying to break up Jane and Tom's relationship.
The repartee between Daria and Jane, the sardonic humor the two exchange between one another, is absolutely smirk-inducing. I love the dialogue in this show. Though Quinn's friends, in addition to Kevin and Brittney, can be horribly wretched to listen to at times, one cannot deny the fact that similar personas did exist in high school, and continue to persist in the world today, if not quite to the same extreme. Some episodes are of course better than others, but even after five years the show never got old, and I have yet to grow out of it.
Anyone who is familiar with, and can appreciate, the cast of characters and all of their idiosyncrasies will find this a welcome addition to their DVD collection. However, that does not mean that one needs to be acquainted with the series in order to appreciate the film. As far as I know, there is no word yet on forthcoming releases of the five seasons on DVD, so I suppose fans will have to appease themselves with the two released short films and their accompanying bonus episodes for now."
One of the best things to come from MTV
J. C. Steuber | Columbus | 03/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's a bit of a paradox to think the station that brought us such tripe as The Real World and Tough Enough could have produced such a sharp, witty and well written show. The first movie "Is It Fall Yet?" is a magnificent turning point in the series as well as a stand-alone movie-length episode.The movie centers on each of the characters' summer activities ranging from Quinn getting a tutor for the summer, Daria being forced into volunteering for a lame summer camp and Jane taking a two month stint at an artist's colony.Even if you're not familiar with the characters, you'll be rolling at all the jokes and dry wit that Daria and Jane spout. What makes the movie a step up from the series is that several of the characters start to grow, especially Quinn. With a little help from her tutor she finds that she doesn't have to be as shallow or dumb as her fashion club friends. Some of the minor characters don't end up doing that much (Mack, Brittany and Kevin, for example). But I defy you to try not to laugh hysterically when Mr. DeMartino snaps, pulls the sink from out of the wall and throws it through the window after all of the campers are cooped up inside.As a little bonus on the video, there's a music video for Mystik Spiral's "Frickin Friends". I only wish I could have seen the DVD to see what other extras there might have been."Daria: Is It Fall Yet?" is an excellent movie packed with great wit, humor and characters. Do yourself a favor and give it a look. You won't be disappointed."
Will it ever be fall gor Daria?
bobjohannson | 08/19/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This TV movie shows what the characters do during summer break. Daria volunteers at the It's OK To Cry Corral, Mr. O'Neill's touchy-feely summer camp for overly sensitive children, where his regimen of staying indoors and exploring the "inner child" is not popular with the campers. Meanwhile, the other counselor at the camp, angry Mr. DeMartino, proves much more popular with the campers and rediscovers his passion for teaching, and Daria tries to bond with Link, a lonely young boy who is just like her. Daria also tries dating Tom for a while, but becomes alienated by the lifestyle of his super-wealthy family and starts pushing him away. Jane goes to an artists' colony in the middle of nowhere for the summer--partly to get away from Daria, whom she still hasn't forgiven for stealing Tom away--and has trouble making friends with the other artists, whom she finds pretentious. She does make one friend, Allison, until she finds Allison is actually a bisexual who only wants her sexually. Eventually, Daria and Trent pay Jane a visit. Daria and Jane finally make up for good, and Jane even suggests that Daria give Tom another shot. Quinn decides to spend the summer getting tutored so that she can improve her PSAT score (and get into a "party college"). She starts to like learning new things, and develops a crush on her tutor, David, who doesn't feel the same way about her but tells her that she has a lot more potential than the "loser friends" she hangs out with. Brittany and Kevin get jobs as lifeguards, and naturally can't do anything right. Jodie is forced into spending every waking moment doing extracurricular activities, and Mack gets a hellish job driving an ice cream truck to pay off a debt to his father. These circumstances make it difficult for Jodie and Mack to see each other--until Mack comes up with the perfect replacement at his job once his debt is paid off."
IS IT DARIA BOX SET YET?
A. James | Little Rock, AR | 08/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Of course I would recommend this DVD - it contains some brilliant moments from a timeless series. I never tire of watching it - but sadly, it will only leave you hungry for more. When you're done watching, petition MTV for box sets of the full 5 seasons."