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Tits and ass and jokes about Loni Anderson's chin are the main attractions in Paramount's "A Night at the Roxbury", which stars Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan as obnoxious club-hopping losers. Based on the pair's "Saturday Night Live" skits, "Roxbury" is briefly amusing -- such as when a woman screams "Ikea" as she's having an orgasm -- but it's mostly gawky, scattershot gags starting with the god-awful clothes and idiotic personalities of the monumentally immature leads.
Another dumb-guys-get-babes comedy might have had a chance, but the ho-hum disco setting, unknown stars and a PG-13 rating are hardly the enticements for more discriminating adults. While the target audience of teenage boys is well-served with many teasing shots of pulchritudinous females -- with special attention paid to their barely covered-up assets -- "Roxbury" is a joyless affair which at least is over fast, clocking in (minus end credits) at less than 80 minutes.
Dim-bulb brothers Steve (Ferrell) and Doug Butabi (Kattan) sport sideburns and iridescent suits. They share a room and seem joined at the hip. In their father's car, they both nod their heads in time with music -- the duo's signature ha-ha gag that is old after the first of many times it's repeated. But get them near a floozy or just plain attractive woman, and they become insufferable, horny jerks used to being violently repulsed.
Their sense of humor is painfully retarded, and it's no surprise they're both virgins. Their inability to get into clubs is likewise obvious. It takes a traffic accident on Sunset Boulevard to start turning things around, with the bozos rear-ended by Richard Grieco playing himself. It just gets unfunnier.
A regular at the hottest club in town, Grieco helps the brothers get in -- and they're snapped up by money-hungry babes Vivica (Gigi Rice) and Cambi (Elisa Donovan). Thinking they have well-heeled swells in tow, the girls take the bubble-headed bros to bed. But this lustful quartet soon breaks up, with Steve falling into the grips of family friend Emily (Molly Shannon), another nakedly ambitious, in-love-with-sex femme.
Dan Hedaya and Anderson as the brothers' parental units are pillars of respectability in this geek show. Lochlyn Munro, Meredith Scott Lynn and Mark McKinney are likewise attention-getters in small but crucial roles. As for Ferrell and Kattan, they are allowed to self-destruct in several scenes that go on too long, but their one-note shtick is ably rendered on screen for the ages by director John Fortenberry.
A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY
In association with SNL Studios
Director: John Fortenberry
Producers: Lorne Michaels, Amy Heckerling
Executive producer: Robert K. Weiss
Director of photography: Francis Kenny
Production designer: Steven Jordan
Editor: Jay Kamen
Costume designer: Mona May
Music: David Kitay
Casting: Jeff Greenberg
Steve Butabi: Will Ferrell
Doug Butabi: Chris Kattan
Emily: Molly Shannon
Craig: Lochlyn Munro
Kamehl Butabi: Dan Hedaya
Barbara Butabi: Loni Anderson
Credit Vixen: Meredith Scott Lynn
Vivica: Gigi Rice
Cambi: Elisa Donovan
Father Williams: Mark McKinney
Richard Grieco: Himself
Running time -- 81 minutes
MPAA rating: PG-13
1 item from 1998
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