Monday, May 14, 2012

Jury Duty

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Jury Duty - 1 out of 5

Even now he continues to aim for the stars as he was in
Bucky Larson:  Born to Be a Star.
There is a part of me that believes that all of Pauly Shore's films exist within the same fictional universe and the fact that he plays the same annoying character in these films is because he is, in fact, playing the same character.  Now you're probably asking yourself how would I explain how he has a different name in each film?  Simple, the character is such an annoyance that he is driven out of whatever town he is in and has to establish a new identify.  For example, with the town of Encino upset with him for unleashing the caveman, Stoney Brown (yes, that was the character's real name) was driven out of the area only to re-establish himself as a man named Crawl who is a RA at the University of Los Angeles and ends up going on Thanksgiving break with one of his residents.  After the debacle of posing as a future son-in-law, he is driven out once again only to join the army before ultimately ending up having to serve on a jury before he ends up getting trapped in a bio-dome.  At least in this unlikely scenario, we can finally explain why Shore is such a terrible actor and insisted on polluting these terrible performances in every film he was in.

Oh Andrew Dice Clay, being in this movie is the only thing more embarrassing than
your comedy career.

Something tells me this movie helped Tia Carrere decide
to pose in Playboy in an effort to redeem herself.
Jury Duty is your basic Pauly Shore film:  A flimsy premise that promises lower than the lowest common denominator comedy that wasn't funny when I first saw it in 1995 and is still not funny when I watch it now.  A worthless lay-about named Tommy is forced out of his mother's trailer when she runs off with her boyfriend and he decides to finagle the legal system to get himself on a jury for a trial that has the promise of lasting a long time so he can be sequestered in a hotel at the taxpayers expense.  Tommy ends up getting on a murder trial of a supposed serial killer and, in an effort to prolong the case and try to win the heart of another juror (played by Tia Carrere) he tries to convince the rest of the jury to change their beliefs of a guilty verdict to a not guilty verdict.  Blah blah blah and then a whole lot of unfunny stuff happens as he accidentally uncovers the true killer.

That sweet looking little old lady in the middle is Billie Bird...sadly, this was her last film.
You see what you did, Pauly Shore?  Your bad movies killed a little old lady.

Like few films in the world, Jury Duty has the illustrious honor of being a movie that currently has a 0% on the Tomato meter on (an honor that was also bestowed on Shore's other film In the Army Now).  Even Encino Man was able to get away with a 16% and that stinker Bio-Dome was able to capture a 5%...and to sink lower than the teaming of Shore and the crazy Baldwin brother Stephen is saying a lot.  But like most percentages on Rotten Tomatoes, it hits the nail on the head because this movie is painfully bad...a pain only equaled by the insultingly bad jokes that fill the entire running time.  Also much of that zero percentile has to go to the lack of production put in this film.  Jury Duty drinking game:  Drink every time an occurrence of a bad re-dub hits the audio track--actually, scratch that because you'll be drunk in the first ten minutes and dead by the time the credits roll.

The look of utter hopelessness of a man who just sat through Jury Duty.

It's a mystery why Shore was ever considered a profitable individual to be placed within movies.  Were people just easier to entertain in the 90s?  Were the ranting and ravings of a seemingly insane man considered wit and brilliance?  I don't know.  Or maybe it's something simpler.  Maybe Shore's brilliance lies within a place I didn't think of looking...maybe Shore is actually mentally handicap.  In that case, one must applaud his work and find inspiration in the fact that he proved that a mentally handicap man can make a name for himself with a series of increasingly shitty movies.

1 comment:

  1. I was just selected to be on a jury last month and I really enjoyed it. The best part was when the nurse expert witness was on the stand. After the trial was over I really wanted to get into something that had to do with court. I have been watching more movies and reading more books about court. The best book I read was called Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult. I will have to check out this movie even though I am not a huge fan of Pauly Shore. Thanks for sharing!


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