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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My 100 Worst Movies of the 90's - 37 - Jury Duty (1995)

Jury Duty (1995; Tristar Picture)
Pauly Shore returns!  In Jury Duty he plays an obnoxious hack who gets jury duty and, needing a place to live, decides to manipulate himself into a suite via taxpayer's dollars and exploit his state-funded accommodations for as long as possible by bogging down the trial with endless delays and disputes during deliberation.  The movie even tries to take the route of 12 Angry Men, and does so badly.  

Pauly Shore is so aggrivating!!!  His antics aren’t funny (Have I said that already!?) and this movie just shows how bad he can be because we see his over-the-top behavior juxtaposed with the other more normal characters.  Nowhere do we see this more obviously than with his supposed romance with Tia Carrere, who we never believe could fall in love with this dope.

Jury Duty is one of the worst examples of court on film because the court scenes lack any of the depth that we saw in other films of the like.  Even the film it is trying to immitate, 12 Angry Men, took place almost entirely in an enclosed room around a single table and was all dialoge and it was 10,000 times better than this loud, excessive display.  Jury Duty is not only one of the worst films of the 90’s, it is one of the worst comedies of all time.  

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