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 ...
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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 everything he can to prolong the trial and deliberations and make the sequestration more comfortable for himself.Written by
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...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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