As noted last week, “The Town” is the latest film to contribute to Boston’s increased filmic image as a crime-ridden city. From the comments here on Spout and on Twitter and elsewhere, it appears a number of people take no issue since it’s no worse a reputation than some others Beantown has suffered through the years. Maybe I know and am read by too many Yankees fans? Anyway, before this past decade and its surplus of Boston-set crime films, I always associated the location primarily with education. Maybe it’s just where I come from, but Boston was just a place you go to for school. And then, even if you get a job there, you eventually leave once you discover the dating pool is too young.
Is it a real college town, though? Is it like, say, Athens, Georgia, or New Brunswick, New Jersey, or South Bend, Indiana? Well, Boston has more than just dorms, take out places and other places associated with university life, but given how many schools are there it does have quite the connection. And that’s pretty much why it seems so obvious that someone parodied the trailer for “The Town” by replacing the bank robbers with frat boys, Jon Hamm’s FBI agent with an RA and the crimes themselves with college parties and beer pong. It’s called “The College Town” and it might just be the bridge between “The Town” and “Good Will Hunting.”
Okay, so it’s not a very funny parody, and besides “The Social Network” brings the whole Harvard Boston thing back to theaters this weekend to provide a little balance to the city’s image.
Watch the faux trailer for “The College Town” after the jump.