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Dirty Deeds (PG-13)

Release Date: October 14th, 2005 (AMC Empire 25) by Green Diamond Entertainment.
The Cast: Milo Ventimiglia, Lacy Chabert, Charles Durning, Matthew Carey, Alex Solowitz, Zoe Saldana, Billy L. Sullivan, Tom Amandes.
Directed by David Kendall.

BASIC PREMISE: Zach (Ventimiglia), a senior in high school, tries to become the first person in the school’s history to complete all ten of the infamous dirty deeds.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: This teen comedy could have been much raunchier with an R-rating, but it still has plenty of gross-out moments. The plot is very simple as Zach follows the instruction of each deed while his schoolmates cheer him on at a party—they keep a scoreboard! Zach’s interaction with Vice Principal Fuchs (Amandes) is funny, especially as he does everything he can to make fun of him without getting into trouble. Zach even has near-misses with the law when he keeps on running into two school police officers. The first deed is funnier than dirty: he must drink beer in front of police officers. After drinking it from a paper cup used for coffee, he gives a loud burp and comments on how great the coffee is. 1 deed down, 9 more to go! Out of all the deeds, only two are technically dirty. One involves a hilarious episode in a food-market’s restroom involving wheat-bread and a “special sauce”. The security guard who watches it all on camera gets a real kick out of it. When a blind man ends up with the wheat-bread, Zach switches it with a “cleaner” wheat-bread by saying, “Oops, that’s sourdough!” Predictably, VP Fuchs ends up with the special wheat bread. The other truly dirty deed is when he must steal girl’s bra—he even calls his ex-girlfriend’s mother to ask her if he can rummage through her daughter’s dresser. It’s not exactly dirty to steal a corpse from the morgue. It would have been nice for all of the deeds to truly live up to their dirtiness—but Lacy Chabert and a few other young women with cleavage make up for the shortage of sexuality. Not all of the attempts for humor work, but most of them do because of good writing and Milo Ventimiglia’s comic timing as the very likeable lead.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired. Most of what happens is far from reality, but that is what’s expected of most teen comedies anyway.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: As long as you suspend your disbelief for 90 minutes, there is none.


THE BOTTOM LINE: An often hilarious teen comedy with enough comic energy and raunchiness to make it an enjoyable piece of mindless entertainment.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)

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