Son in Law – 1 out of 5
I’ve explained in past reviews of Pauly Shore movies from the 90s that all his films exist in a shared universe (like the Marvel movies that lead up to The Avengers). I don’t feel like explaining it again so I’ll just hyperlink to my review of Encino Man and you can read it for yourself.
|And they told me I was crazy to create this theory!|
|"I can never return to Encino...bud-dee."|
|"I'm sorry, dad, you'll have to speak up. I'm drinking one of them dang-fangled|
|Since it was made in the 90s, a scene involving roller-|
blading was legally required.
|I don't want to know what he's looking at.|
When Thanksgiving comes around, Rebecca is heartbroken to discover that Crawl isn’t going home to Las Vegas (which we all know is bullshit because home is in Encino but the townsfolk don’t want him back after “the incident.”) so she takes Crawl home with her to induce a heart attack in her parents when they see how she’s changed. On break, her boyfriend Travis (Dan Gauthier) wants to settle down with Rebecca and erase the corruption that the city placed on her but she and Crawl quickly fake an engagement so she doesn’t have to go through with it. However, Travis isn’t going to let them get away with this and hatches and evil plan to win his Rebecca back.
It’s a wacky version of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner only with Pauly Shore and a lot less humor!
|Ha ha...he's wearing a cowboy hat. Wait, that's not funny.|
|"I come from the city so I automatically know more than you!"|
The movie tries to be funny but when all your jokes are just Shore going “bud-dee” and making a siren-like noise of enjoyment there’s bound to be a few failures…actually, they’re all failures. All the jokes fail in this movie. This movie was his second in the big films that starred Pauly Shore and already his act was old and tired—and kinda sad when you see the likes of Gugino and the other actors try to imitate his speech patterns.
|The boy was unprepared for the amazing amounts of projectile vomit his shirt would|
The story is your run-of-the-mill fish out of water story and many of the jokes are the same gags you see in these types of stories so, revisiting this 1993 film I haven’t seen since…well…probably 1993, already comes off stale and repetitive—jokes about manure, heavy farming equipment and chaps not surprisingly make an appearance. But Shore, mysteriously, was a hot commodity in the early 90s so studios were doing their best to shoehorn him into roles as fast as possible even if the product was terrible to begin with. That’s right; Shore isn’t to blame for how horrible this film is (the same can’t be said for Jury Duty). The movie isn’t funny to begin with and Shore adding his already unfunny personality to it doesn’t help (so Shore is kinda responsible). It’s something short of a miracle that Carla Gugino was able to come out of it unscathed and still have a career. The same can’t be said about the majority of others involved.