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Jury Duty (1995)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 12 April 1995 (USA)
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When jobless Tommy Collins discovers that sequestered jurors earn free room and board as well as $5-a-day, he gets himself assigned to a jury in a murder trial. Once there, he does ... See full summary »

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John Fortenberry

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Barbara Williams (story), Samantha Adams (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pauly Shore ... Tommy Collins
Tia Carrere ... Monica
Stanley Tucci ... Frank
Brian Doyle-Murray ... Harry
Abe Vigoda ... Judge Powell
Charles Napier ... Jed
Richard Edson ... Skeets
Richard Riehle ... Principal Beasely
Alex Datcher ... Sarah
Richard T. Jones ... Nathan
Sharon Barr ... Libby Starling
Jack McGee ... Murphy
Nick Bakay ... Richard Hertz
Ernie Lee Banks ... Ray
Shelley Winters ... Mom
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Storyline

When jobless Tommy Collins discovers that sequestered jurors earn free room and board as well as $5-a-day, he gets himself assigned to a jury in a murder trial. Once there, he does everything he can to prolong the trial and deliberations and make the sequestration more comfortable for himself. Written by Steve Derby <sderby@sdeco.com>

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Taglines:

For truth. For justice. For five bucks a day.

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude sex-related humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chaos! Schwiegersohn Junior im Gerichtssaal See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$17,014,653
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Four of the cast members appeared in at least one Seinfeld episode. They are: Brian Doyle-Murray; Sharron Barr; Nick Bakay; and Siobhan Fallon Hogan. See more »

Goofs

When Russell gives Tommy the videos the doors to the room open out, but later when Peanut is followed by Monica and is let in the room with Tommy, the doors open in. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Collins: [brining breakfest to Tommy] Wakey wakey, Eggs and Bacey, Time to get up puddin'
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Features 12 Angry Men (1957) See more »

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Spanish Blue
Written by Miles Corbin
Performed by the Aqua Velvets
Courtesy of Riptide Records
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One trick ponies tend to fade out after a time...
30 December 2001 | by mentalcriticSee all my reviews

...and Pauly Shore was exactly that: a one trick pony. A comedy based around one guy's complete immaturity and inability to survive without leeching off others is all well and good, but when you start making an entire career out of them, it wears thin pretty quickly. It's just like Bob Goldthwait's or Jim Carrey's career based on pulling stupid faces and screaming incoherently, or Jerry Bruckheimer's career based on absolute disrespect for simple facts. Eventually, people are going to get tired of you doing the same thing over and over, then you're going to be all washed up.

Having said all of that, Pauly Shore's last vaguely credible comedy, Jury Duty, is not too bad for the once-over. Having never seen Twelve Angry Men, I can't comment on its relative dramatic merits, but as a comedy it is passable. After all, who can't laugh at an imbecile who has spent his entire life cheating the system or other people suddenly deciding that getting on a jury and being sequestered is a pretty sweet deal. At first, he is deadlocking the jury because he just wants more free food, but he soon finds himself in a pickle when he finds a real reason to believe in the defendant's innocence. Not only does he have to convince the other jurors, but he also has to convince them that he is not doing it just for more free coffee.

Everyone in the film gives the sort of performance you'd expect when Pauly Shore is the "main talent". Rather than attempt to act and look silly as a result, they simply recite their lines and hope that the audience won't notice too much that they're just waiting for their paycheck. Considering that Tia Carrere or whatever her name is had just appeared in such films as True Lies, I guess she must have owed someone on this film one heck of a favour. Anyway, to make a long story short, I give this film a three out of ten. It's worth watching once, but once only.


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