Lame. Occasionally funny, but still lame.Anton (Devon Sawa) is a stoner who mainly stays at home, watches the tube and smokes weed through an asthma inhaler. He's got two stoner buds named Mick and Pnub (Seth Green and Elden Ratliffe, respectively).
Oh, and he's got a demonically possessed right hand, too.
Anton is apparently killing bunches of people, including his parents, and eventually his two stoner buds, who come back as zombies. He's worried that he'll end up killing the hottie next door (Mmm...Jessica Alba...), and he can't very well do that, because hey, she likes him, God knows why.
Meanwhile, a Druidic preistess (Vivica A. Fox) is hot on the possessed hand's trail. The demon seems to move from host hand to host hand, and she wants to stop it.
A direct lift from a scene from one of the Evil Dead movies (which in itself was a scene lifted from other horror movies), Idle Hands takes a five minute sequence and turns it into a 90 minute stretch. It's like a Saturday Night Live-sketch-inspired movie, only with tits and gore.
There's no real scares in the film, other than the "something jumping out unexpectedly" gag. The gore is there, but still mostly implied. The comedy is shaky.
As performances go, Sawa is reduced to Jim Carrey-like contortions throughout most of the film. He's a likable enough character. Green and Ratliffe steal the show and get the best lines (as well as the best makeup jobs - love the beer bottle in the head). Alba...mmm, Alba... Vivica Fox's character is so broadly written, and she just can't carry off the comic elements of it. She's hot, but she's no Alba. Mmm, Alba... For some unknown reason, Jack Noseworthy continues to get work, this time as one of Anton's neighbors. He's turning into Corey Feldman.
Anyway. Some occasionally funny bits, but otherwise it's a lame exercise with obvious, groaner jokes (the "sorry about your bush" line in particular). Alas, not even the lovely Jessica Alba can make the movie worthwhile. Not scary enough, and not funny enough, either. Skip it.Mmm...Alba.