Slackers

Directed by Dewey Nicks
Starring: Devon Sawa, Jason Schwartzman, James King, Laura Prepon, Jason Segel, Michael C. Maronna.
MPAA Rating: R for strong language and sexual content, and for brief drug use.

Review by Eugene Kopman <eugene@filmhead.com>
February 21, 2002

After enjoying Jason Schwartzman's performance as the goofy oddball in love with the same woman as a rich philanthropist in Rushmore, I was curious to see if the follow-up to his acting debut would be just as good. Was I ever wrong!

Dave (Devon Sawa), Jeff (Michael C. Maronna) and Sam (Jason Segel) have never done anything in college, but manage to pass by being the best cheaters on campus. They have everything planned out from who will do what, where, and at what time, but when Dave accidentally sits next to Angela (supermodel James King), he gets on the bad side of Ethan (Schwartzman), a man who is obsessed with Angela. Ethan catches Dave during the scam and threatens to expel the three friends if they don't help him get Angela. The three do everything in their power to not get expelled, but it all fails.

In the meantime, Angela and Dave start to hang out and eventually start to like each other. This sets up for some horrible slapstick scenes and a totally predictable ending.

The biggest problem with this movie is that it tries too hard to make its audience laugh, and miserably failed with too much stupidity. James King can't act and should stick to what she does best: look pretty on the runway and the cover of various magazines. Jason Schwartzman, on the other hand, was a huge disappointment. He was typecast for this role, but unfortunately his character from Rushmore, Max Fischer, was smart and resolved to practice high-class comedy and witty dialogue. Ethan, however, did nothing but bitch and moan about Angela and how he's going to throw Dave and his friends out of college. Maronna and Siegel did nothing to help this film but fart and smoke pot throughout the entire movie. Sawa's performance was just plain and unimpressive. The funniest part of this movie was Laura Prepon, of "That 70's Show", who plays Angela's dominatrix roommate Reanna, masturbating with a vibrator while Jeff snoops around Angela's room.

I had high hopes for this film because I can relate to the characters who do not want to do any work in school, but it was painful to watch this contender for the worst of movie of 2002 because it was just bad.


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