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Movie Review: 'Free Enterprise'

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Free Enterprise

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
113 minutes
Limited Release Date:
12/31/99
performer:
Eric McCormack, Rafer Weigel, Audie England, William Shatner
director:
Robert Meyer Burnett
distributor:
Regent Entertainment
author:
Mark A. Altman, Robert Meyer Burnett
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a B

Robert (Rafer Weigel) and Mark (Eric McCormack), the 30ish drooler/swinger/Trekkies of this scrappy, winning satire, sit around L.A. pelting each other with comments like ”You’re as transparent as Wonder Woman’s invisible jet!” They’re so immersed in the trivialities of movies, comic books, and old TV shows that they make Quentin Tarantino sound like a guy who’s never rented a video. Director-cowriter Robert Meyer Burnett evokes the arrested boys’ club of junk-culture addicts with appropriate verbal zest, but even when one of the two meets a babe (Audie England) who actually shares his passions, the movie never gets past the thinness of its heroes’ imaginations. Will Robert embrace responsibility — or will he ignore the electric bill and purchase a special-edition laserdisc of Dawn of the Dead? Free Enterprise does, at least, do justice to William Shatner by unleashing him in the one post-Kirk role he was born to play: himself.

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