By EW Staff
Updated October 09, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

On the Hamburger Helper continuum of high-fat-content feature-length comedies extended from Saturday Night Live sketches, this one hovers around the “Stuart Saves His Family” mark: not as gristly as “It’s Pat,” but not as lean as “Wayne’s World,” either. Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan once again don gold chains as Steve and Doug Butabi, head-bopping, disco-mad brothers who, truth be told, are far more jazzed by each other’s company than by scoring with any of the Playmate-shaped babes they ogle on the strobe-lit dance floor. (If disco weren’t already dead, these two would kill it faster than any party animal in “54.”) The lame-o aspects of the whole campy setup are still lame-o. But weirdly, opening the story out to give the bros a bad-taste Beverly Hills home (with Dan Hedaya and Loni Anderson as clueless parents), ostensible career ambitions (to own a club that would let them in), and unlikely romantic possibilities (“SNL”‘s Molly Shannon plays along as a girl hot for Steve) helps make the boys interestingly pathetic, not just obnoxious. Added flavorful ingredient: “21 Jump Street”‘s Richard Grieco plays himself.

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