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Darren Giles has lost his college scholarship, can't work up the courage to ask out the girl of his dreams and doesn't have the cash to stay in college another semester. Unless he can survive the teenage dominatrix, New York's largest drug mogul, convince his parents he's not gay, write a paper on Dante's Inferno, escape three thugs chasing the wrong guy and sell fifty pills of ecstasy in time to make his tuition payment, he'll never get the chance to date the girl of his dreams. Written by
Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
Darren attends NYU and is matched with a roommate who is a creep and a slimeball. Before he knows it, he is on probation and on the administration's radar.
Everything seems to go wrong for Darren Giles, except he meets an attractive girl named Gracie (Kristen Bell).
Because he desperately needs money, he spends a day selling ecstasy to the customers of his roommate. These quirky customers include a dominatrix, and a day trader who is passionate about the TV show "Different Strokes."
I'm afraid I can't score this film very highly for these reasons:
1. The romance is a secondary theme that is not well-developed.
2. The primary story--the sale of the pills--is disjointed.
3. The characters are weak. Some of their behavior is inappropriate to the character. I wish Monica Keene, who played Petunia, could have been used more. Kristen Bell's talents were wasted.
4. Some jokes have obvious punchlines.
5. The background music often does not fit the action.
6. In the early part of the film, Darren talks to the audience, narrating the action, similar to Ferris Bueller. This is not carried throughout the film; the style of the film is inconsistent.
Strangely enough, the ending has some congruity. If only the entire film possessed that same quality.
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