By Owen Gleiberman
Updated August 13, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Free Enterprise

type
  • Movie

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.

Free Enterprise

type
  • Movie
mpaa
  • R
runtime
  • 113 minutes
director
  • Robert Meyer Burnett

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