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Directed By: Dewey Nicks.
Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Devon Sawa, Jason Segel, Michael C. Maronna, James King, Laura Prepon, Joe Flaherty, Cameron Diaz (Cameo).
Synopsis: It's nice to see Jason Schwartzman returning to the big screen after his debut in Rushmore. Such a solid performance and then nothing for years, let's hope Slackers is worth the wait!
Dave (Devon Sawa), Sam (Jason Segel) and Jeff (Michael C. Maronna) are about to graduate from Holden University with Honors in lying, cheating and scheming. The three roommates have proudly scammed their way through the last four years of college and now, during final exams, these big-men-on-campus are about to be busted by the most unlikely dude in school. Self-dubbed Cool Ethan (Jason Schwartzman), an ambitious nerd with a bad crush, enters their lives one day and everything begins to unravel. When Ethan accidentally catches Dave in an exam scam and gathers some incriminating evidence against him, Dave and his friends find themselves completely at his mercy. Threatening to expose the three slackers Ethan offers a deal: he'll let the guys off the hook on one condition - that they use their unethical expertise to get him the object of his desire, the brainy babe Angela (James King).
Okay...first off, if you read the first paragraph where I mentioned that I hoped it was worth the wait for Schwartzman's return to the big screen. It was and it wasn't.
Schwartzman does everything he can to make his character funny but the character is just so obnoxious that we must all hate him. However, that leaves us with the three 'hero's' of the flick, a bunch of cheaters who are NOT slackers. They are so busy finding ways to cheat the system that they work harder than the average person does who just goes by the rules.
And they are not very likeable either. In fact, the film is such a mess it's hard to like anything in it. However, there is always something interesting in even the worst muck and the mire (and this is pretty bad).
Point 1) Schwartzman. A bizarre, full of facial tics performance that is painfully fascinating to watch.
Point 2) The music. Some unique versions of some well known tunes with either a full orchestra or choir group. Ace of Base's The Sign never sounded so good...wait, it never sounded good. Surprisingly no soundtrack. You think this will be the way the maker's of the film would be able to recoup the costs.
Now for the downside:
Point 1) Pathetic humor. I'm talking been there, seen that, without the laughs. I'm talking unfunny sexual humor that just wants to be in your face without putting even a hint of a smile on it.
Point 2) How did they ever get Cameron Diaz to do a cameo in this film? Is someone holding a person near and dear to her hostage? The only reason I can fathom!
Point 3) Laura Prepon from That 70's Show being totally wasted as Angela's (Jamie King) best friend who seems obessed with sex but without the faintest traces of humor. In fact, an entire waste of cast.
In the end, let's just hope this is the nail in the coffin of the teen gross out comedy until somebody funny can come along and ressurect the dead with a twist...and some laughs.
Final score, 1 out of 5 and half of that one goes to the non-existant soundtrack, the other half to Schwartzman for putting his all into a brutally unlikeable character that might have been put to better use in some other film. Save your money and check out The Count of Monte Cristo instead.
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