Erin Richter
May 31, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Slackers

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
86 minutes
Wide Release Date
02/01/02
performer
James King, Michael C. Maronna, Devon Sawa, Jason Schwartzman, Jason Segel
director
Dewey Nicks
distributor
Screen Gems Inc.
author
David H. Steinberg
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C+

Hollywood’s crush on gross-out, sexed-up teen romps continues with fashion photog-turned-director Dewey Nicks’ descent into the college dorms of the crass and sophomoric. Slackers casts ”Rushmore”’s smart Schwartzman as a clever loser who blackmails a trio of clever cheaters (including ”Final Destination”’s Sawa) into helping him win the object of his obsession (James King). The plucky, up-for-anything cast and occasionally fresh jokes give ”Slackers” a refreshing edge, but the uneven script and some very forced, taste-pushing gags (puppetry with a penis, anyone?) keep the comedy from higher marks.

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