Director: Dennis Dugan
Writer: Hank Nelken and Greg DePaul
Producers: Warren Carr
Jason Biggs as Darren Silverman
Amanda Peet as Judith
Jack Black as J.D.
Steve Zahn as Wayne
Thankfully, this film is not as idiotic as some of the predictable garbage that we’ve been receiving early on this year, with enough over-the-top black comedy to placate some of my cinematic yearnings, but not enough for me to recommend it to another. In fact, the Mrs. thought it all-out blew, especially since she doesn’t really appreciate the “black comedy” shtuff. For me, granted, I had a few laughs, and a lot of smiles here and there, but there were way too many flat moments in which it was obvious that a laugh was supposed to be extracted from the crowd, but only silence ensued. Especially some of the slap-stick stuff, which felt out of place. I think that if the filmmakers would have stuck to the dark element of the two friends kidnapping the girlfriend and their entanglements, the film might’ve become one big hoot, but they seemed to want to appease too many people with this picture. Let’s give the teens some gross-out humor, slap Neil Diamond in there for the elders (is anyone from our generation supposed to remember or care about the big D?) and drive a little romance home for the ladies in the crowd. Ixnay on the spreading yourselves too thin there, boys! Overall, I can’t really say that this film sucked the big one, but it honestly didn’t do much for me either. Especially since the trailer did have some fun stuff in it. A video rental at best!