by Chris Parry
Okay, what we have here is a great cast, a not too foul premise and a really really bad case of execution. I mean, shit, it's Adam Sandler, it's Buscemi, it's Encino Man, it's the dude from Spinal Tap... So what went wrong?Well, just about everything. The producers clearly figured that if they made a movie about "rock and row-all" that the mindless teens would "dig" it without looking too deeply, but I guess the mindless teens might have had the last laugh.
"In a word - hokey."
Of course, at the same time this guff was released, the "teens' were watching smart films like Heathers and Clerks, so faced with competition that was clearly smarter, funnier and better, Airheads sank like a stone into the realm of Sunday afternoon cable TV. Just as it deserved to. The amazing thing is though, Michael Lehmann, the director of this hokum, also directed Heathers. I guess everyone has a stinker in them.
Then again, he also directed Hudson Hawk. And Meet the Applegates. Maybe everyone has one decent film in them.
So the deal is, a rock band that nobody cares about decides it needs to take extreme measures to get heard by a record exec, so they sneak into a radio station and pretend they're packing heat. Word gets out, the cops surround the building, Sandler gets laid, some smarmy guys get their asses kicked, Chris Farley says two lines, big rockin' blow-out concert, end.
Sandler, to his credit, is funny in this role. This is a good thing, since Buscemi is not. Brendan Fraser is trying too hard throughout and seems to think this is a drama, the support cast are a little too into their "rock and row-all" personas (the DJ especially) and the whole ending just plods along like a lobotomised homeless guy with no pants.
It does have it's moments, but I felt very ripped off that they were all shown in the trailer. If you're a Sandler fan, you have to see it just to say you've seen everything he's ever done. Then of course you'd go out to a bell tower with a rifle and slay countless people in the streets below, all the while crying at the cruel hand life dealt you.But if you're no Sandler fan, there's nothing here for you but the soft, sweet knowledge that everything will be okay. Go rent Clerks and rejoice in mental health.
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originally posted: 12/04/02 14:03:40