Yawn! As if the premise wasn't trite enough, the film fails to deliver a single decent laugh, although it tries on every level (mostly gross-out, it must be said). The cast is OK, particularly Reid, who always adds a bit of class to these terrible films. But Reynolds plays it exactly like Jim Carrey in wise-guy mode, which is thoroughly irritating from the start. Otherwise, the characters only exist to do supposedly shock comedy gags (Indian exchange student Penn obsessed with sex, fraternity groupie Rutherford suffers multiple indignities). There isn't an inspired moment in the entire film, which is at least bright and energetic enough to keep us awake for 90 minutes. And then they have the nerve to try and pound in a meaningful message at the end. Oh please.
dir Walt Becker|
scr Brent Goldberg, David Wagner
with Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Kal Penn, Daniel Cosgrove, Teck Holmes, Emily Rutherford, Deon Richmond, Alex Burns, Tim Matheson, Paul Gleason, Curtis Armstrong, Tom Everett Scott
release US 5.Apr.02; UK Sep.02
Big man on campus. After seven years at university, Van (Reynolds) is the campus king. With his faithful pooch at his side.
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