Splinterheads is a movie that did not have the huge budget or much of the big names that seem to be necessary to make a movie well known, so don’t be surprised if you’ve not heard of the movie. However, if you are a Netflix person, you can rent Splinterheads through Netflix.
Splinterheads has an immediate interest to some because the movie does feature the hobby of geocaching. If you have never heard of geocaching you may be missing out. Geocaching is an outdoor hobby that is participated in by many all over the world. In the movie the female interest is a geocacher and introduces the main male character to the fun and excitement of geocaching. He gets a crash course in the hobby by tagging along with her on a geocache hunt that includes leaping off a cliff into a lake below.
In the Splinterheads movie the main male character is a young man who lives in a fairly uneventful town and has not done a whole lot with his life. When the carnival comes to town our main character goes mostly for lack of anything better to do. While at the carnival the eye of our main guy is caught by an interesting female, the main female character. The problem arises in the fact that the main lady already has a boyfriend, one that is not too nice to anyone. The normal conflict ensues with our main guy unsure about what to do about his feelings for the main girl and her very angry boyfriend.
While the movie is interesting, funny and exciting it does have a couple downfalls. The sound factor is one such downfall. The volume throughout the movie fluctuates quite a bit. One moment the characters are talking very softly, then the next moment music is playing at a very high volume or someone suddenly curses really loud. Which brings me to the other big downfall. This movie has an “R” rating for a reason, lots of cussing. And I do mean lots. Every opportunity the characters get to cuss, they do. With so many options for cleaner words or even “lighter” more acceptable cuss words, the over usage of “undesirable” words is rather unfortunate. If you have sensitive ears that do not like much cussing, this may not be a good movie for you to watch. Likewise if you have a child that you would rather they did not pick up certain words, you will want to be sure they are not around when you watch Splinterheads.
Overall Splinterheads is an enjoyable movie, the plot is solid and includes a nice amount of comedy, drama and excitement. Just be sure you have your volume control in hand and that young ears are not around for the viewing. As to the geocaching aspect, the movie does do a good job of explaining the basics of how to geocache and even shows the lead female visiting the most popular geocaching website, geocaching.com. In the end, on the normal one to five star rating that we are all acquainted with, I would give it a 4 star rating. Pros: Enjoyable plot line, covers geocaching well, good ending. Cons: Volume really needs evened out and the amount of cussing is more then many would find acceptable.