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  • Summary: A hilarious story about wiping the slate clean and reinventing yourself. (Sony)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 23
  2. Negative: 15 out of 23
  1. If physical appearance creates its own class system (in high school and beyond), then Qualls is perfect for this proselytizing role. He has that rarest of movie-star faces -- one that over comes the tyranny of beauty.
  2. A Jekyll-and-Hyde teen comedy that sounds like a Pauly Shore reject, but Qualls moves his marionette body around with a true clown's effervescence, and he does rubber-faced parodies of youth cool that are just what youth cool deserves.
  3. Uneven but occasionally hilarious teen comedy.
  4. Reviewed by: Renee Graham
    25
    Probably would have worked better as a slamming soundtrack than as a muddle-headed movie.
  5. The slapdash comic flailing of screenwriter and TV scribe-turned-director Ed Decter is only compounded by a script so disconnected you have to wonder if pages were lost on the way to the set.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    20
    Various actors deserving of better (including Zooey Deschanel, Eddie Griffin and Lyle Lovett) suffer through the undercooked material, while love interest Eliza Dushku gamely gets through both a bikini-modeling montage and a mechanical bull ride, but none of their efforts can save this film.
  7. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    0
    A particularly loathsome piece of cultural detritus, a trashy, crass piece of work that panders to the anxieties and desires of adolescents without a scintilla of sympathy or coherence.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 34
  2. Negative: 9 out of 34
  1. RichardT.
    Jun 10, 2002
    10
    Funny as hell...laughed through the movie the whole time...
  2. [Anonymous]
    Oct 18, 2005
    10
    Movie critics don't know anything anyway. They're hired to complain.
  3. KevinM
    Mar 13, 2009
    10
    I love this movie. DJ Qualls is a lovable geek and laughs are delivered throughout. Not everyone will like this movie, but so what.
  4. FelixQ.
    Jul 25, 2006
    7
    Once more, a teen-comedy (starring those who have passed the teen mark a few years ago) with a concept we've seen, uh a few times before.Once more, a teen-comedy (starring those who have passed the teen mark a few years ago) with a concept we've seen, uh a few times before. I think what makes this one better than others on one level is the approach- I don't think we've gone this *specific* route before. DJ Qualls keeps this one from falling throught the floor completely- he deserves a lot more kudos in Hollywood. Unfortunately, for all the promise this could have had, it seems kind of hollow, and not fully developed. The jokes get slightly cheap at times, and other times seem to hit a much smarter note- if this film had just made up it's mind and decided to go all out dick-and-fart funny, or witty-ironic-satire, then it could have been great. One thing that's certain- let's see more of DJ Qualls! Expand
  5. Feb 8, 2012
    5
    This movie came out when I was 11 and I bet I would've totally enjoyed the hell out of it at that age but I'm 20 now and I just saw it. It'sThis movie came out when I was 11 and I bet I would've totally enjoyed the hell out of it at that age but I'm 20 now and I just saw it. It's just dumb but i do applaud it for it's over-the-topness, it's like a dumb comic book made into a movie. Expand
  6. Josh
    Apr 21, 2006
    0
    Why do some people find this movie funny? I did not laugh once throughout this piece of crap excuse for a comedy.
  7. EnzoP.
    Jul 9, 2009
    0
    Sure this movie was a huge laugh out loud but it was so stupid so I have to give it a big flat old zero.

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