By Bruce Fretts
September 27, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

Tom Green has officially become the 21st-century Pauly Shore. In Stealing Harvard, the wall-eyed prankster, who actually used to be funny on his MTV show, limits his comic contribution here to a pair of gag front teeth while playing an antisocialite who helps a high school bud (Jason Lee, coasting on his slacker-naïf likability) boost $30,000 for his niece’s college fund. In an only-in-a-bad-movie coincidence, Lee’s fiancée (Leslie Mann) has finally agreed to marry him now that they’ve saved…you got it, $30,000.

Despite a plethora of talent on both sides of the camera — screenwriter Peter Tolan (”Analyze This”), director Bruce McCulloch (”The Kids in the Hall”), and an ensemble that includes Emmy winners Megan Mullally (”Will & Grace”) and Tammy Blanchard (”Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows”) — the timing in nearly every scene seems a half beat off. Only ”Scrubs”’ John C. McGinley energizes the proceedings as a Kojak-like cop with unorthodox hygiene habits. It doesn’t help that most of the jokes (like a rip-off of ”There’s Something About Mary”’s dog-in-the-crotch bit) are themselves stolen.

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