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Intern Academy (2004)
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  • Director:
    Dave Thomas
  • Category:
  • Writer:
    Dave Thomas
  • Cast:
    Dan Aykroyd,Lynda Boyd,Christine Chatelain
  • Time:
    1h 30min
  • Budget:
    CAD 4,500,000
  • Year:
    2004
The St. Albert's Teaching Hospital, considered the worst in the public health system and administrated by the corrupt Dr. Cyrill Kipp, receives a new group of interns: the clumsy Mike Bonnert, whose parents are prominent doctors and forced him to study in medical school; the wolf Dale Dodd, who has come to the hospital to meet women and falls in love for the nurse Cynthia Skyes; Marlon Thomas, who like to play pranks with his mates; Mira Towers, who aims to be a great surgeon; Christine Lee, a very efficient student and promising doctor; and Mitzi Cole, who works as stripper to pay for her medical school and becomes Mike's girlfriend. Leaded by Sarah Calder, the group spends the year learning how to become medical doctors in an environment of lots of confusion.
Casts
Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Aykroyd Dan Aykroyd - Dr. Cyril Kipp
Lynda Boyd Lynda Boyd - Cynthia Skyes
Christine Chatelain Christine Chatelain - Mitzi Cole
Maury Chaykin Maury Chaykin - Dr. Roger 'Tony' Toussant
Dave Foley Dave Foley - Dr. Denton Whiteside
Matt Frewer Matt Frewer - Dr. Anton Keller
Ingrid Kavelaars Ingrid Kavelaars - Mira Towers
Pat Kelly Pat Kelly - Dale Dodd
Viv Leacock Viv Leacock - Marlon Thomas
Jane McLean Jane McLean - Christine Lee
Peter Oldring Peter Oldring - Mike Bonnert
Carly Pope Carly Pope - Sarah Calder
Saul Rubinek Saul Rubinek - Dr. Sam Bonnert
Dave Thomas Dave Thomas - Dr. Omar Olson
Sue Huff Sue Huff - Dr. Susan Bonnert

Intern Academy (2004)

Urban legends portrayed in this movie (most false):

  • While it's well documented people have shown up in hospital emergency rooms with various bizarre objects lodged in their rectums (like a little girl's doll as in this movie), the doctor's remark about earlier finding live animals lodged in some patient's rectum is pure folklore.
  • Medical students go to bar, find out that one of their female classmates is working as a stripper to pay her way through medical school.
  • Students in a biology class are asked to take saliva swabs from their mouths and examine them under microscopes. One female student's swab reveals the presence of sperm from giving oral sex just before class.
  • The doctor's remark that the hospital administrator would harvest his kidneys while he's asleep and sell them to Indonesia.
  • Inattentive cleaning lady caused death every Friday when she unplugged patients' life support systems to plug in her floor polisher.
  • Woman having sex with guy she just met in waiting room. Doctor comes in and informs the couple the woman just tested positive for several STDs.
  • Cadavers used in medical colleges were formerly homeless people or unclaimed bodies.
  • The exploding colostomy bag.
  • a mature woman can't figure out why how she became pregnant because she's too naive about what the sexual act is.

Mallador
Mallador
First of all, let me say that I was one of the few people in the theater the weekend this came out and that surprised me because, although this is not the best movie ever made, it was far from the worst. Without a Paddle is a good example of what I'm talking about. Intern Academy was WAY funnier that that movie and WAY more people went to see that piece of crap. So how come so few people came out to see Intern Academy? I guess it's the usual Canadian thing where a Canadian Distributor thinks if they put fifty bucks into promoting something, they've given it their best shot. Well too bad for Intern Academy because it deserved better. Starting with the title which put it in a league with Police Academy which has now produced 6 or 7 movies and, as always is the case, the farther down the sequel line they go, the worse the movies become. So giving it that title was definitely a bad idea. I read an interview where Dave Thomas said he didn't like that title and it was forced on him by the distributor. Figures. Also where were the TV commercials? I didn't see a single one. And the ad in the paper was pathetic. I almost didn't go when I saw that tiny little ad because it made me think that they were ashamed of it. All in all, the cast was good and although there were some gratuitous sex jokes and gory parts, the movie had a nice likable tone to it. The girls were cute and the guys were okay (I'm not gay). And the older doctors played by Thomas, Dan Aykroyd, Dave Foley and Maury Chakin were pretty good. I had a lot of laughs which is more than I can say for a lot of American movies that I have seen in the past few years. I would say go check it out, but the movie is gone from the theaters already. Too bad. It deserved a better shot.
Mr_NiCkNaMe
Mr_NiCkNaMe
I was expecting a lot more comedy with Dave Thomas, Dave Foley and Dan Ackroyd, but instead watched a simple entertaining movie done with a light atmosphere. It certainly makes fun of being an intern and will make you laugh out a few times. What it isn't is a laugh a minute.

Certainly the actors who play the set of interns the movie is mostly about all have bright futures ahead of them. Most notably Christine Chatelain, Jane McLean, and Peter Oldring. I'd be remiss if I didn't add the head nurse - Linda Boyd. Of course the three stars I named at the start of this review all did fantastic jobs. The others certainly had their moments of comedy.

Everyone is excellent in their parts and while it's not an overly dynamic movie, it's worth seeing with some popcorn when you're in a mood for light comedy.
Iarim
Iarim
This movie will be dismissed for political reasons. There are a few laughs at the expense of characters that certain reviewers want to see only in an elevated light. But Intern Academy as a film improves as it goes along. The look is at first kind of washed out, but eventually there are some more pleasing sets. I had heard this was shot on video, but I could not tell as I watched it opening day. Purely, I supported it because Dave Thomas deserves a hit, and he has the same birthday as me. Also, I appreciate his critical views of the media in his interviews for this film. I do think that he miscast himself a little bit in this film. Although Danny is shown in his requisite sunglasses and banging a drum in one scene, he and Thomas should have switched characters. He might be more believable as a cold authority figure teaching students and rattling off lists of maladies, whereas Dave Thomas is best as kind of a weasel or prankster or buffoon - which is especially evident when he runs. Dave Foley is right on the money as a smug, egotistical heart specialist, though it is jarring to see him in gray hair - especially because it is believable.

The movie likes to wallow, and the organ storage fight is a bit unbelievable, as is the mouth examination scene which contains Maurey Chaykin's excellent cameo performance. That character could have been more central, accidentally embarrassing people. Even though the girl who is embarrassed would have known better. Good enough, and especially welcome as a Canadian film that is just funny and not pretentious.
Sarin
Sarin
This movie was a lot better than I thought it would be. This film was killed by critics who were obviously expecting a lot more. Expecting not much at all because of those reviews, it became apparent this movie deserved far better. Every joke was great, the setup and executions were flawless. Dave Thomas' character was very strong, not the idiocy I expected. The main cast of new interns all did a quality job, and I'm looking forward to seeing them all in the future in other endeavors. There was some very intelligent sketching going on. It peaks near a moment when an intern must inform a family of failed operation resulting in death. This joke was long, drawn out and agonizingly funny in a Fawlty Towers sort of way. Then it instantly shifts back to low-brow slapstick. This can be disconcerting for some, but they throw so many jokes at you so fast, you quickly get right into their groove. This is polished comedy brought to you by the masters of the craft.

What wasn't so great was the movie part. They spent the whole budget on the cast, because the set and the costumes all looked "C" grade, maybe even porn movie bad. Dan Akroyd as the partying hospital administrator had me thinking he was skimming hospital funds, right from the beginning, but that is not the case. His character needed just a few lines of justification for his lifestyle and it would be easier to identify with. Matt Frewer's character was interesting, but bordering on unbelievable. They probably cut his believability in favor of outrageousness.

If you are a fan of modern National Lampoon movies, then you should see this one, it's much better. This isn't a "Classic", but it's a great movie to put on when you've brought friends home after a night at the pub.
asAS
asAS
The St. Albert's Teaching Hospital, considered the worst in the public health system and administrated by the corrupt Dr. Cyrill Kipp (Dan Aykroyd), receives a new group of interns: the clumsy Mike Bonnert (Peter Oldring), whose parents are prominent doctors and forced him to study in medical school; the wolf Dale Dodd (Pat Kelly), who has come to the hospital to meet women and falls in love for the nurse Cynthia Skyes (Lynda Boyd); Marlon Thomas (Viv Leacock), who like to play pranks with his mates; Mira Towers (Ingrid Kavelaars), who aims to be a great surgeon; Christine Lee (Jane McLean), a very efficient student and promising doctor; and Mitzi Cole (Christine Chatelain), who works as stripper to pay for her medical school and becomes Mike's girlfriend. Leaded by Sarah Calder (Carly Pope), the group spends the year learning how to become medical doctors in an environment of lots of confusion.

I loved the unknown and underrated "Intern Academy". The silly story s hilarious, with many politically incorrect gags and jokes about urban legends in a public hospitals, like for example, the corrupt administrator that sells the equipment to raise money; or the student with sperm in her mouth; or the colostomy bag exploding in the face of an intern; or the arrogant doctor; or the lack of respect with the corpse of a John Doe; or the man that arrives with a doll in his rectum; or the promiscuous woman with herpes and other sexual diseases kissing the guy she has just met in the waiting room. There are many other jokes, but one of my favorites is the stupid Ukrainian charwoman that unplugs the life support system of patients to plug the floor polisher. Another one that I laughed a lot is when the clumsy Mike Bonnert goes to the waiting room where three families are waiting news about their beloved relative and Mike commits a series of mistakes. The team of actresses is extremely beautiful and sexy and the actors are very funny. I did not feel the 98 minutes running time; actually I expected to have more. I really recommend this movie for days where the viewer is down or upset to relax. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Os Estagiários" ("The Interns")
Thetath
Thetath
First let me say, I'm a big fan of SCTV, Kids in the Hall, Newsradio etc. I think Dave Foley, Dave Thomas and Dan Akroyd are very talented comedians, and I have enjoyed most, if not all, of their work up until now (see "The Wrong Guy"). I'm a proud Canadian because, in part, of the contribution these people have made to the entertainment industry in general.

However, this film is a black spot on their collective record. People will no doubt think that "I didn't get it", or "I'm not taking it in the spirit it was intended". This couldn't be farther from the truth.

Sadly, this was quite possibly one of the worst films I have ever seen, and one of the very few I have ever walked out of. I went to it on a free pass, so I'm not even angry that it cost me money. I didn't walk out of it on the grounds that I was offended or upset but because I couldn't convince myself that there was any reason to stay. Normally, if a movie is poor, I would sit through it just to "see how it ends". In this case, because of a complete lack of plot, there simply was no reason for this film to exist. Juvenile humour and gags so predictable it felt like you'd watched this as a 12 year old, and were viewing it for a second time as an adult. Cardboard performances of 'cue card' dialogue reminiscent of a failing SNL skit. Interspersed with suddenly serious and gory bits of "ER" action. I could go on, but I've already put more thought and writing effort into this comment than went into the film. Stay away from this rotting pile of exploded colostomy bags, for the sake of the children.....
Livina
Livina
I was looking for something simple and funny, and "Intern Academy" is most definitely it! It centers around the internship of six young interns working in the worst run hospital in the country, "where the dregs of med school are sent when every other hospital turns them down". While it may be cheesy, it is pulled off in such a way that it is simply funny and a thoroughly enjoyable movie.

Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring play the two prominent interns in the film, though no one intern is truly the "main character". Dan Aykroyd makes an appearance as the negligent and nonchalant hospital director. Some of the other cast members are well known, though certainly not blockbuster names. All in all, the group has good chemistry.

In terms of plot and design, "Intern Academy" is highly similar to NBC's "Scrubs". Oldring and Zack Braff's characters are both quirky, geeky type doctors who are definitely lacking in suave. Both narrate their shows in a satirical voice-over, making for a hilarious view on life in a hospital. This is especially true in the case of "Intern Academy", where characters are in constant mishaps amid the womanizing director, cynical supervisor, terribly run surroundings, and a heap of typical "young-person" life problems.

If you're looking for the next "E.R." or a serious attempt at the portrayal of intern life, this is not the movie for you. But if it's satirical, witty, and in some cases crass humor that gets you, the hilarious blunders of these six interns will have you laughing in no time.
Helldor
Helldor
of all the movies i have ever seen this ranks in the top ten and no i'm not kidding. complete overlooked for some reason this movie by dave thomas of sctv and grace under fire fame .... not to mention the uber cult classic strange brew ... deserves a better shot. catch it on movie channels or rent or buy it on DVD and video because there is nos shortages of laughs in this movie. who says comedy in canada film comedy films is dead? i'm no expert but this I know what makes me laughs and this had me rolling on the floor for several minutes at a time and not just when i saw it but after wards just thinking about some of the hilarious situation and great dialog between characters. lots of recognizable Canadian talent and greatly written by the legendary dave thomas look out for this film.
Khiceog
Khiceog
Alas, how mistaken I was to think this movie would be funny, or even remotely interesting.

The only strong feeling was towards the main douchebag, Bonnert. He filled me with a rage I haven't felt since Cabin Boy. The only relief was banging my head against the walls.

Perhaps is this movie could decide if it wanted to be a comedy or drama, rather than garbage, it could have worked. Their were too few laughs for a comedy, and not enough caring about the characters for a drama.

My favourite part of the movie was the end.
Silverbrew
Silverbrew
This was a very poorly done movie; the comedy was forced, the script was cliché and the characters were wooden. Surprisingly, some of the worst performances were done by the best known actors (Dan Aykroyd, Dave Thomas, Dave Foley). It was almost literally painful to sit through the whole movie while my intelligence was consistently flogged and insulted.

The only redeeming factor of this movie is that anyone who is a fan of local Edmonton live theatre will have fun picking out some very familiar faces. Neil Grahn, Ron Pederson, David Belke (without his trademark beard), Julien Arnold, Coralie Cairns, Davina Stewart and many other well known Edmonton actors & actresses have bit parts or cameo appearances in this movie.
Nanecele
Nanecele
It's good to see that great Canadian comedy movies can still be made! Dave Thomas of SCTV fame has written a great modern comedy here. If you like the T.V. show "Scrubs" (and most people do) then you will love "Intern Academy" too.

This movie is kind of a cross between the Police Academy movies (in a good way), National Lampoon's movies and of course "Scrubs".

Some of the scenes are more adult oriented but this movie will have you laughing and more than once. This is definitely the best Canadian comedy of the year. I have also seen "Ham and Cheese" (awful despite scenes with Dave Foley and Scott Thompson) and this movie is so much better.

"Intern Academy" also has a lot of recognizable Canadian actors and comedy performers who all turn in good performances.

Buy this movie, see this movie, watch this movie!

10/10
Envias
Envias
This movie was just plain awful. Watched it with my girlfriend, and we both agreed that this movie had no real storyline, it was pointless and quite dull.

In few words, this is the Series Scrubs, put together with drama scenes loaned from ER, mixed together with horrible outcome.

Don't pay money to see this movie. Don't waste bandwidth downloading it.

If a friend asks you to watch it with him or her, point out the fact, that you'd have to be numb from your neck up, to get anything out of this "movie".
Lo◘Ve
Lo◘Ve
It is a big insult to Scrubs to even say that there are similarities. Scrubs has quality writing and quality acting, which are both SO lacking in this movie. It's as if Dave Thomas opened a medical book and tried to piece together a comedy from it. Does that even sound funny? NO! As a doctor, the medical inaccuracies were mind numbing to me. Do you want your surgeon to NOT wear a mask while operating? Yeah, let's get a little spit on that heart to shine it up. Heck, do you think it even feasible for a NON-surgical intern to magically do brain surgery? Something that takes at least 7 years for a neurosurgeon to master? And no, it is NOT an EKG in the operating room, it's a freakin' HEART MONITOR! Do a little homework and be creative with how you present those urban legends! Really, I can forgive medical errors from non-medical writers, but aside from that, this was just a stupid movie. I'd rather watch Dude Where's My Car again!
Windbearer
Windbearer
I rented this out of curiosity because I went to school with Carly Pope at Lord Byng Secondary in Vancouver (1996) and wanted to see her acting.

I'm not sure how this movie has managed to average a 6.0/10!!! The plot was borderline non-existent/trivial and the acting was all around horrible. It was almost like all the actors realized the movie was crap and just couldn't pull themselves together enough to actually try and act (everyone in the movie had this perpetual smirk).

So no intellectual entertainment, but also no realism. Everything from how the hospital was run to how doctors interacted with each other and patients could be nothing more than some kind of extended joke. But it wasn't funny. So for those ER fan types this movie won't satisfy your doctor fantasies while hopefully getting a chuckle or two out of you.

So all that is left is possibly comedic value. Surprise surprise...there was none. The jokes were so immature and superficial as to be simply irritating rather than funny. However, I will concede that possibly this movie could be entertaining for children between the ages of 5-9.
Whitemaster
Whitemaster
OK, so "Intern Academy" is a lame title, but here in the US, "White Coats" was a great comedic venture into Canadian independent film-making. There are a lot of actors here (mostly young) whom you've never seen, and they make up most of the screen time. You also haven't really seen Dave Thomas (the actor/director in this film who makes for a stern doctor/teacher-type character) for awhile since back on TV's "Grace Under Fire." Dave Foley has wonderful acting in this film, but you'll notice how dark and unfunny his character is throughout the film.

The jokes in the film work about 70% of the time (some are just corny or gross-out humor that doesn't really work). Halfway through the film, the direction turns this film into one of the newer National Lampoon's adventures, complete with a stripper scene, a horny staff of interns, and a crazy office party for Christmas or something. There was a particularly ridiculous scene which was a 3 Stooges classic food-fight except replace food with human organs. There were also horrible props like the giant penis (basically a dildo) which was supposed to be one of the interns' actual penis...a little too lowbrow, fake, and gross for me. I thought Dr. Keller was awesome (played by the Jim Carey-ish Matt Frewer, who I've seen before).

I thought the coolest thing about the film was the way it switched from a comedy to a drama in parts. It kept the action original and didn't stretch out the comedic bits. I thought it was funny that the DVD subtitles switch from English to Spanish about 54 minutes into the film as well (although I'm sure that wasn't intentional). I also thought that it received a weak R-rating, although there was significant talk of sex and all that between interns.

I gave it a 7/10 stars. Go check it out if you don't mind new actors and different comedic direction.
Akinonris
Akinonris
I saw this movie for one reason, and one reason alone. There is an abandoned hospital in my city, which has been explored by myself and my friends VERY thoroughly. We found out Intern Academy was being filmed in my city, and that the abandoned hospital briefly became St Alberts Hospital.

The movie itself did not have any appeal to me going into the theater, I was specifically there because I thought it'd be neat to figure out what was filmed where in the hospital. I actually ended up enjoying the movie quite a bit, and it was exciting to see the run-down hallways and treatment rooms transformed into a real (looking) hospital again! I also came upon several props from the movie, including the room tag that says Cyril Kipp room 1234 (the placard beside his office door), along with working scripts from the movie.

This isn't a review or anything, I just thought it was neat to see how they transformed an abandoned building into a hospital.
heart of sky
heart of sky
I picked up this movie solely because it was a comedy about doctors and the process interns go through.

Honestly, I laughed a lot, but it's not brilliant comedy or anything. It's simple laughs that have a ring of truth. There are a lot of clichés in the movie that have been exaggerated.

It's not brilliant, but there are some good laughs throughout the movie. There is a definite amount of predictability about the movie, but the situation, and the way it is portrayed somewhat makes up for that fact.

I'm probably going to wind up buying this movie to bring to medical school with me. It'll be something to laugh at when I'm dying with exams. :) In summary: It's a decent movie. Nothing brilliant, but great for laughs, and it rings true for those who are interested in the medical field.
Sadaron above the Gods
Sadaron above the Gods
this is actually a pretty good movie.it does not rely on slapstick bit more on situational comedy.there are quite a few chuckles throughout,peppers with some hysterical moments.the movie flowed along nicely.the story is concerned with a group of interns and their exploits at the worst hospital in the country.the interns themselves are mostly dysfunctional as are the doctors, nurses and other staff.the hospital administrator is a bit odd,to say the least.it is very easy to like these characters,because they each have personalities(with their own quirks) that stand out.the acting is also good.you could do much worse with 2 hours of your life than this.i'd recommend it for a entertaining 2 hour diversion at the very least. 6.5/10
Melipra
Melipra
Found this while searching for a quick flick on Amazon Prime Video

Reminded me of Scrubs from the jump, even the set looked identical. If you were a fan of Scrubs you will no doubt appreciate the tone of the movie. The acting is ok with some big names like Dan Aykroyd, Dave Thomas and Dave Foley.

It is a little corny at times and some scenes look like the punch lines were funnier on paper and failed to hit on screen but again nothing too bad. Worth the time if you have it to spare
Eseve
Eseve
St. Albert's is one of the worst run teaching hospital. A group of interns try to survive under a weird cast of doctors. Mike Bonnert is the scared, bespectacled intern protagonist from two prominent surgeon parents. Dale Dodd is the womanizing friend who falls for their supervisor Sarah Calder. Cynthia Skyes is the veteran nurse. Marlon Thomas is black male intern. Mira Towers is striving to be a cardiac surgeon. Christine Lee follows her parents' plan to be a financially safe dermatologist. Mitzi Cole is secretly stripping to pay for medical school.

Comedy veteran Dave Thomas tries to write and direct a theatrical movie. He's got his friends to join him. The veterans are fine but the young leads need to step up. None of them are funny comedians. The material isn't there either. There are some close calls but most of the comedy falls flat. The lack of charisma from the younger cast leave the movie without any pop.
avanger
avanger
While this 2004 movie "White Coats" (aka "Intern Academy") is a funny enough comedy, then it just wasn't particularly memorable or outstanding in the vast ocean of comedies available.

Sure, it was an entertaining enough movie for what it turned out to be, just a shame that it didn't manage to stand out in the crowd. And if you have seen "Scrubs", then you have essentially already seen "White Coats" as well. Yes, it was the exact same formula used for both projects.

The acting in the movie was good, and that did help the movie along quite nicely. And it was a good change of pace to see a cast of mostly new faces. And it should be said that the various actors and actresses did good jobs with their given roles and characters. And there was no doubt about it being Dan Aykroyd, Dave Foley and Matt Frewer who were the pulling names to make you sit down and watch the movie, despite them not having overly big roles in the movie.

It should also be said that there were some good laughs throughout the course of the movie.

If you enjoy comedy movies, then by all means do sit down to watch "White Coats", if you have the chance. Just bear in mind that it is not a movie that will leave a lasting impression.
Mullador
Mullador
Intern Academy (2004): Dir: Dave Thomas / Cast: Dave Thomas, Dan Aykroyd, David Foley, Maury Chaykin, Carly Pope: Gross out comedy about interns completing training under horrid conditions. Humor ranges from a fight using human organs, to a doll in someone's anal track. It dwells on difficulties based on experience. The humour is vulgar and seems pitched at the lowest common denominator. Screenplay had potential but the third act goes sour with sentimentalism, which is almost always a deal killer in comedies. Dave Thomas directs and stars as the head doctor bent on failing the interns. As director he does have a sense of timing and originality but the characters are all one note types that never elevate beyond their initial flaws. Dan Aykroyd runs the hospital by selling equipment to pay salaries. Dave Foley plays an uptight surgeon. Maury Chaykin plays an instructor with a speech impairment. There are several veteran comedians who are somewhat underused that might have livened things up had the material been stronger. Given more focus they could have been interesting but they are just talented comedians thrown into material that is in worse shape then the patients that enter their hospital. It works only on its satire of medicine but as a story it fails miserably in terms of creating personalities as well as a plot that needs more than surgery to bring life to its pathetic existence. Score: 6 / 10
Vozuru
Vozuru
When I first heard about "Intern Academy" (a.k.a. "Whitecoats), I admit I was intrigued. The Canadian government finally funding a movie that has no pretentious and boring art, and instead is geared to a wide audience? Written and directed by funnyman Dave Thomas? I decided to check it out... though when I got the chance to see it for free, since I have been burned by too many bad Canadian films.

After seeing it, I'm glad I didn't pay any money to see it.

The problems with it are simple. First, there are the movie's production values. Now, I will admit that in recent years, the production values of Canadian films have improved greatly. But there is still a lot to be desired in a number of them, including those in this movie. While the movie doesn't look dirt cheap, it has the look of a television drama instead of a feature film.

The second (and main) reason why the movie doesn't work is simple: IT ISN'T FUNNY. Dave Thomas used to be funny - what happened when he wrote and directed this movie? The theory I have come up with is the setting: A hospital is a place full of pain, suffering, and death. It's still possible to find humor in this setting, but it needs a steady and sure hand. Thomas doesn't seem to have the ability to find funny (black) comedy in this setting. When interns throw human organs at each other, or vomit on corpses, it isn't funny, it's just gross.

P.S. - I would like to comment on the inept marketing campaign TVA Films put forth when they put this movie in Canadian theaters. Not only did they release it in about half the theaters an American release usually gets, but the promotion was lousy - I never saw a TV commercial for this movie, despite all the hours of TV I watch. And in the newspaper ads, they did not promote the name stars the movie had (Thomas, Dan Aykroyd, Matt Frewer, Saul Rubinek, and Dave Foley), instead promoting the no-name members of the cast! The problem with the Canadian film industry is not just that the government funds very few movies that might attract an audience, but when one does get made, the government does nothing to push distributors to properly market and release the movies.
Taun
Taun
We might well ask why anyone bothered to make INTERN ACADEMY when we have SCRUBS, but so be it. Dave Thomas, formerly of SCTV, directed and costars. Dan Ackroyd is also aboard in a small role, along with Dave Foley, late of KIDS IN THE HALL. A bunch of generic young interns get a taste of hospital life at a crumbling facility. Typical hijinks ensue, including a bawdy Christmas party and an incredibly gross organ fight that ends with something very wet and very squishy splattering all over Thomas' face. The climax is a direct steal from POLICE ACADEMY, but that's OK, too. The actors playing the interns are likable enough, and the females in the cast are all drop-dead gorgeous and quick to get drunk and down and dirty and sometimes even naked (which is the way I remember my student years working as an orderly at a mid-size hospital). INTERN ACADEMY, called WHITE COATS on TV, definitely is no SCRUBS. But it will do in a pinch. It's like watching one of those mindless winter ski movies, especially the one with Lee Majors.
Kanek
Kanek
I had the "privilege" of screening this movie. The reaction from the audience should have told the producers everything they needed to know. The gags in the movie didn't even warrant a good-natured groan. We weren't allowed to leave before the end of the movie and had to fill out a mandatory questionnaire at the end. I recommended that the movie never be released it was so horribly unfunny and plot less. Oh well...

The jokes were so obvious, the audience could see the set up coming from a mile away, and there wasn't even a giggle when the gag was delivered. The entire movie was a series of non- plot, non-essential scenes that didn't even string together to create any kind of statement or point. I love senseless comedy, but I couldn't managed to even like this movie.