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Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland

Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland

Feb. 02, 2016 USA90 Min.R
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Lev L. Spiro


Alan Ritchson isKevin
Kevin "Thad" Castle
Darin Brooks isAlex Moran
Alex Moran
Chris Romano isSammy Cacciatore
Sammy Cacciatore
Frankie Shaw isMary Jo Cacciatore
Mary Jo Cacciatore
Ed Marinaro isCoach Marty Daniels
Coach Marty Daniels
James Cade isHarmon Tedesco
Harmon Tedesco
Rob Ramsay isDonnie Schrab
Donnie Schrab
Omari Newton isLarry Summers
Larry Summers
Meghan Heffern isKate the Cheerleader
Kate the Cheerleader


With Blue Mountain State football star Thad Castle recently signing a multi-million dollar NFL contract, his teammates and college life seem like a distant memory. However, when a new school dean threatens to clean up the BMS image by auctioning off the infamous Goat House, Alex, Sammy and the boys must find a way to convince him to get involved. Despite his new fortune and fame, there is one small favor that Thad needs done before he saves the day: the biggest booze-and-sloot fest in BMS history. Welcome to Thadland!

Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland
Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland
Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland
Original titleBlue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland
IMDb Rating5.9 11,057 votes
TMDb Rating5.8 77 votes

(23) comments

  • haydickan18February 1, 2016Reply

    not as good as the show but definitely a great time

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  • Julian TomescuFebruary 2, 2016Reply

    5 year wait…..totally worth it.

    If you’re a fan of the BMS series, then you will without a doubt have a
    blast watching Rise to Thadland. I felt a bit skeptical at first that
    the film will fall short from it’s original feel, but boy was I wrong!
    I felt ecstatic to see the producers still keeping the original
    uncensored comedic feel that we all know and love from the series! In
    addition I was glad to see most of the side characters (Donny, Harmon,
    Larry, etc) getting a respectable amount of well deserved screen time.
    We were also introduced to several new characters which made for a
    refreshing experience.

    I am truly grateful that the cast came back to create this film. This
    movie is perfect to watch if you’re in college! Overall, Rise to
    Thadland far exceeded my expectations for a comedy, and as much as I
    would love for them to continue the series…there is no better ending
    to the BMS franchise than this film. Thank you.

  • giberoutatimeFebruary 2, 2016Reply

    Does for the Series what Serenity did for Firefly…

    …. in that it gives closure on an awesome TV show in a more
    entertaining than expected fashion. Fans will love it!

    Granted it’s not all exactly the same. Different Goathouse, not all the
    cast is there (but more than I expected really) and it’s just not the
    same without Rev Theory, but other than that….

    DUDE! This is what fans have been waiting for!!! Thad was only a
    supporting character on the show at first and like Urkel on steroids
    (or rabies) he immediately became the star of the show and thus the
    center of the movie. But really Thad is BMS! And his story is our
    story. Only with more sloots.

    The trailer only covers like the first half hour of the movie so there
    is much more to see I promise. We do see what has become of the other
    characters… Larry for instance. Radon and even Craig Shilo make an
    appearance. Coach has an interesting little plot line that is pulled
    from the headlines. Donnie has an arc of sorts… Sammy and Mary Jo are
    there and I dare say even Alex gets a sort of closure. But remember…
    This all takes place before the start of the season so there is plenty
    of room to add future BMS adventures!

    It’s not perfect but it’s better than we could’ve hoped for, waaaaay
    more graphic than Spike would allow (language, full frontal sloots) and
    drug use galore!!! If you get past the party scenes the story picks up
    a bit more and there are even a couple of their trademark film spoofs.
    Alan Ritchson has made a name for himself doing a variety of film roles
    but will always be known as Thad Castle. He’s a producer on this piece
    and hat’s off to him and the whole team who kept the dream alive and
    made this awesome film. Watching the behind the scenes stuff on YouTube
    really makes one realize how limited they were filming; I’m glad they
    pulled it off. Kudos.

    THADLAND is a must see for any true BMS fan and gives the characters
    and this world the over-the-top; egotistical; insane yet cathartic send
    off that the show never could. God Bless America and God Bless Blue
    Mountain State!

  • wbullittFebruary 3, 2016Reply

    I’m mixed. They did things right and they did things wrong.

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  • s RadawecFebruary 3, 2016Reply

    Not what I was envisioning as a BMS fan…

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  • Miguel ArteagaFebruary 4, 2016Reply

    ”Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland” Review!

    Give me a hell, give me a yeah, hell yeah! Because Blue Mountain State
    is back…sort of.

    While it’s not season 4, it’s something better: a film adaptation of
    the television show. In the past we have seen shows come back as films
    with the same talent in front and behind the camera, such as Entourage
    (and Sex in the City and Veronica Mars, but I haven’t seen their shows
    or their movies). But to put it in simple terms, this is a worthwhile
    wait to see Moran, Sammie, Thad and the gang back.

    The story is pretty simple. Alex Moran is entering his senior year at
    Blue Mountain State and what seems to be the year in which he’ll
    control the legendary Goat House. But the new school dean has another
    idea: selling the goat house so that the football team will concentrate
    on the field. So in order to save the Goat House, Moran will have to
    ask the help of an old friend Thad Castle, former BMS football player
    and captain as well as the number one draft in the NFL. Thad agrees
    that he will buy the Goat House but on one condition: they have to
    throw Thad’s dream party, including an amusement park known as

    Pretty easy to see where it’s going right? Nope

    What I liked:

    This movie does what some TV shows turned movies failed to do, be a
    good movie. Look, we don’t see Blue Mountain State for it’s artistic
    value or it’s compelling drama, we see it for the boobs, drugs, and
    alcohol as well as it’s hilarious moments.

    Unlike most movies based on shows, this movie raises the stakes for the
    characters and does stuff that you couldn’t pull of on Spike. There is
    something to lose in the film, the Goat House; something that wasn’t in
    a film like Entourage.

    Also, like I said above, this movie is hilarious. I don’t want to give
    away any specific moments but there are tons of gut-busting scenes in
    this movie. There is one sex scene in this movie (out of many) that is
    so hilarious, that’s worth the price of admission (though it was
    released on digital, so worth buying on your computer?).

    Another great thing about the movie is the cast, everyone is still
    hilarious and we get to see some of our old favorites such as Craig
    Shilo and Radon Randell. And how can I talk about the cast without
    talking about Alan Ritchson as Thad Castle. He’s probably the best
    thing about this movie. He’s hilarious and it reminds you why you loved
    the character in the first place. The character of Thad Castle will go
    down in history as one of the funniest TV characters, right there with
    Stewie Griffin, Sheldon Cooper, and Carlton Banks. Also, this movie is
    so unpredictable. If anything, there is only one thing you might expect
    but other than that, it is really a wild ride because you are not sure
    what the hell is gonna happen at the end.

    What I disliked:

    Though there’s not a lot to dislike, the main focus of this movie is
    Alex Moran and Thad Castle, which is great and all but I would’ve liked
    to see more of the character moments. Most of the cast appearances,
    such as those of Harmon, Donnie, Larry, and Mary Jo, are satisfying
    appearances. But those of Craig Shilo and Radon Randell are a little
    underwhelming, especially Radon because he just seems to show up
    without set up and it would’ve been interesting to see what the two
    have been up to since we last saw them. But the biggest of
    underwhelming characters is Sammie. Though he has lots of funny
    moments, he seems to be demoted to an over-the-top party animal, which
    is something that he has was in the show (but in the show had more

    Also, what prevented Blue Mountain State from being another shitty
    American Pie direct- to-video movie was the football aspect of the
    show, the moments like when the NCAA is doing a drug test or Thad going
    soft on the football field, something that this movie doesn’t have and
    it’s absence is duly noted. The film didn’t need a football-centered
    plot, but are we really going to get only one scene of them on the

    Final Verdict:

    To put it simply, it’s hilarious and it’s a worthy successor of the
    television show. To many it would be seen an awesome party movie, but
    it shows the Blue Mountain State has stuff to offer still. This isn’t
    the ending of the BMS franchise, it’s a brand new beginning (at least I
    hope), where it can be explored through another season or movie.Also
    this movie isn’t for those who dislike party movies, but why would you
    see it then? Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland reminds me of
    why I fell in love with the show in the first place and why I wished my
    college was like this. Old fans will love this film, newbies will enjoy
    it. For newbies, I’d recommend binge-watching the show on Netflix and
    then watch this.

    Overall Score: B+ (or 7.5/10)

  • Nikolica XXXXFebruary 6, 2016Reply

    fck yeah

    This is the best movie ever, we waited for so long…now its finally
    here, guys killed it, all expectations are satisfied. Gongratz to Thad.
    We are hoping for some crazy second part, you guys deserve def this
    movie to be famous.. It was nice watching this movie so stoned and
    trying to remember the old days few years ago, hilarious. Only the best
    words, really. People should watch BMS show before this movie, lot of
    emotions at one place. And also, i need to mention, congrats for all
    girls, we couldn’t expect less that that, good choice as always, but we
    missed Thad’s sister. Can’t wait for another yours movie or show. Write
    yourself a check.

  • Gunnar KristinssonFebruary 9, 2016Reply


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  • torndownunitFebruary 9, 2016Reply

    OK, but a missed opportunity

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  • Rob StarzecFebruary 13, 2016Reply

    This Will be the Worst of 2016

    This never seemed possible, but The Rise of Thadland is an even worse
    comedy than The Hangover Part II. It is raunchy only for the sake of
    trying to be funny, it is disgusting only for the sake of attempting to
    create shock humor, and there just simply isn’t the energy in this
    movie which the television show had to offer.

    The premise is so straightforward and simple that it gets to be a bore
    right after Thadland actually becomes a thing. Moran needs to win over
    Thad for him to buy the goathouse so it doesn’t get taken away for
    them. Thad’s request is simple: throw an awesome party for him and
    he’ll put up enough money to win the goathouse over in the auction. The
    bulk of the movie is this party Moran agrees to throw, making most of
    the humor in the movie drug-related. We watch people trip out on drugs
    for the comedy, which ends up being a bore and not funny at all. Also,
    it is clear which part of the movie has an extended nc-17 clip in the
    bonus features, and it is too disgusting to imagine how the nc-17
    version would have looked and not funny at all.

    Of course Alan Ritchson as Thad shines as the star of the movie, though
    he is not the protagonist. He delivers the same goof ball we are all
    fond of in the television show, but the script just didn’t allow him to
    shine AS MUCH as he did in the television series. The best moments
    focus around him, but sadly there are less than a handful of these

    There is no way that anything released in 2016 will be as terrible as
    this film.


  • alexknappenbergerFebruary 14, 2016Reply

    Non stop laughs

    Listen, I haven’t reviewed a movie on here before but I personally
    loved the humor in this movie so much that I don’t feel its fair a few
    stuck up people are giving this bad reviews. It’s obviously a movie (or
    TV series) that doesn’t take itself seriously and with that in mind I
    found it to be the funniest comedy I’ve seen that I can remember. I’m
    also not generally a football fan, not really my thing but when you
    watch this movie it doesn’t seem like a football movie, its packed with
    silliness, foul language, nudity, brashness and some very
    straightforward but well placed and unexpected humor. I can see some
    people thinking the style of humor in this movie is tasteless or
    immature but to me personally it was speaking to me. It also has an
    underlying parody aspect of generally overpaid athletes where the main
    character Thad is bigger than life which I found to be a nicely written
    character. Overall 10/10 I’m glad I discovered this I’m watching the TV
    series now.

  • MateusNFebruary 17, 2016Reply

    The movie has some really great scenes and others really funny, but overall, it’s mixed.

    The intro of the movie is great and starts really strong, but as soon
    as it’s over the ‘new’ BMS is shown. Different goat house and different
    uniforms for both the football players and cheerleaders. Something that
    is definitely going to disappoint the fans and hardcore viewers, right
    in the beginning.

    The first forty minutes of the movie will feel different but will stay
    true to the series. At this point is arguably the ‘peak’ of the movie,
    the conversation between Donnie and Mary Jo. This is truly the only
    part something new comes up and the only one with little taste of
    character development, for the whole movie (One of the biggest issues).

    Then, there’s a hilarious scene with Alex Moran and Mary Jo, but
    afterwards is mostly comedy for the sake of comedy. Characters go off
    character and the movie stop feeling like the series and it becomes
    almost boring, but it’s still enjoyable.

    The movie certainty doesn’t live to series expectations, the jokes
    aren’t as funny and the movie fails to capture the immersion of the
    series. The movie is not bad, if you enjoyed the series this is a must
    watch, but don’t expect any closure or story follow up from the series
    (Thad’s NFL story line is just too flat, little is shown and it doesn’t
    work well).

    This movie is pretty much just a reunion with a big party, and that is
    very well delivered. If you watch BMS for the parties, boobies and
    drugs, this movie will be perfect for you.

  • cross7611February 19, 2016Reply

    This movie was fun.

    I was in this movie as a Police Officer and I had a great time. I hope
    every one gets the chance to see this. It’s definitely a funny movie.
    Adam Sanderish funny.The director actually would stop filming to get an
    opinion of a Background Actor. You could feel his passion for his work.
    This is rare.I was a little disappointed that it went straight to
    online rentals. But, all in all it was worth the wait.I really hope to
    work with this crew again. I think it was one of the best, most
    friendly sets I’ve been on.Also, the main cast was very kind and
    willing to share advice.Or,a joke.I was actually thrilled while I was
    watching it.

  • ZjprohouseMarch 3, 2016Reply

    Entertaining, yet Average

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  • revdavid-51497March 4, 2016Reply

    Funny, but disappointingly senseless

    First of all, I’ve seen the series about 10 times, I’m a huge fan of
    BMS. Therefore I was very excited about the movie.

    First of all, I’m not saying that the movie is not funny. It IS funny
    but there are some scenes that makes me want to thank Spike TV that
    they didn’t let all the weird ideas of Romanski & Eric Falconer appear
    on the TV screen (Sammy & the Goat).

    My problem is, that we didn’t get what we were promised in the
    kickstarter video. We didn’t see Thad graduate and go into the NFL. We
    didn’t see Alex graduate and ”fulfill his destiny on and off the field”
    Radon’s and Shilo’s ”comeback” was like the most disappointing thing in
    the movie Plus, they’ve said that they would shoot the film on the same
    locations, where they had the series. I understand why they had to make
    a new goat house, but it just doesn’t feel the same.

    As they’ve said, if the movie will be a success, the series might come
    back. I hope if they do a season 4, they will do a different story, or
    just make some twist to make this movie forgotten (maybe that it all
    was just Thad’s dream)

  • Emil VogeliusMarch 10, 2016Reply

    Got the main theme but lost the essence of the show

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  • mrgone23March 11, 2016Reply

    After a long wait.. Not really worth it.

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  • h-61929March 11, 2016Reply

    Hard to Accept

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  • Man99204March 17, 2016Reply

    There is a reason this went Straight to Netflix — it STINKS!

    Remember when someone your Dad’s age tried to do things to be ”cool”.It
    did not work then and it does not work now.

    Nothing is sadder than a group of men in their early THIRTIES who are
    pretending to be College Students… and immature frat boy type college
    students at that.

    Alan Ritchson is at least twelve years too old to be playing this role!
    He has pretty much aged out of the roles he had played so far in his
    career. If he is to have a future in the film business, he needs to
    start playing roles which are remotely similar to his chronological

    This movie appears to have been made by a bunch of old geezers who are
    throwing in every counterculture thing they can think of — all in an
    effort to make this film appealing to ”the young folk”. Most college
    students are not stupid enough to believe that this is ”entertainment”.

    Especially offensive is the way in which Women are treated in this
    film. There is one particularly annoying character who is such an
    incredibly ”Dumb Blonde”, she will offend other blondes of sub average
    intelligence. Come on guys, this is not funny, it is just stupid and
    not in a good way.

    While there are some viewers who will find this film enjoyable . For
    those of us who do NOT live in our Mother’s basement, it is a total
    waste of time.

  • jaythugMay 7, 2016Reply

    horrible flick

    This movie is horrible… BMS the series was good, but this movie.. is
    TERRIBLE!! From start to finish this movie was underwhelming, the
    premises is horrible, the idea’s and jokes are over used. This movie
    made me want to stop and watch something else more often then I thought
    possible. The original Blue Mountain State Show I thought was funny as
    hell, this turned every joke into the lowest possible idea of humor and
    mostly just dug deep into the depths of stupid… This Movie sucked on
    every single level I have ever conceived for a movie to suck on… if I
    was forced at gun point to watch this movie again…. I would SINCERELY
    consider the bullet…

  • panthers-52May 9, 2016Reply


    This movie was exactly what I was hoping for! If you are an avid fan of
    the show, you’ll definitely love this movie. There is almost no plot
    and little to no football but who was watching the show for that part
    specifically? It was just a bunch of alcohol, drugs, girls, and sex;
    but that is kind of what to expect from a Blue Mountain State movie.
    Had a few laughs to die for throughout the movie and found myself
    genuinely satisfied at the end. So just to sum things up, please don’t
    watch this movie in hopes of seeing a majestic art piece of a film
    because it’s always raining cocaine in Thadland! 10/10 for any fan of
    the show.

  • CANpatbuck3664December 21, 2016Reply

    Definitely Made for the Fans, Blue Mountain State: Rise of Thadland Offers More of the Same for Those Who Want it

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  • chopstixsoloMarch 10, 2017Reply

    I wanted to like this movie.

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