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a/perture cinema, the Official Movie Sponsor of The Less Desirables, presents The Less Desirables Movie of the Week, Son in Law (1993), starring Pauly Shore, Carla Gugino, Lane Smith.


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Per IMDb: “Having gotten a taste of college life, a drastically changed farm girl returns home for Thanksgiving break with her best friend, a flamboyant party animal who is clearly a fish out of water in a small farm town.”

Rebecca Warner (Gugino) is a South Dakotan farm girl that’s never really been out of the countryside and tries her hand a being a college freshman at California State University, Northridge in Los Angeles. Lots of stuff going on, there. Hustle and bustle, parties, noise and personal space and items being violated. It’s too much to take and just after a few days, she’s ready to head back home.

That’s when she meets Crawl (Shore), the 6th-year resident advisor, who while not an idiot, would have you think that he is. He’s a party animal, or really I should say, he just likes to have a good time. He can tell that Becca is having a hard go of it and comforts her. He gets her to settle down, change her look and her attitude. Thanksgiving break comes up and she’s heading back home to see her family. Crawl is without family so he’s just staying on campus. Not on Becca’s watch, he’s not.

Becca has a boyfriend, named Travis (Dan Gauthier) and while she misses him at first, she grows apart and realizes there’s more to life than the country and being tied down to someone. Travis proposes to Becca and she asks Crawl to help her get out of it. Leaping to his feet, his only reaction is to say that he’d already proposed to her. Her family freaks out, as does Travis. Her dad, Walter (Smith) and farmhand, Theo (Dennis Burkley) devise a way to break him by having him learn what it’s like to be a farmer. Crawl plays along at first. Does it break him? Do Crawl and Becca get married? Well, you have to watch to find out.

I always thought Pauly Shore was funny. Annoying? Yes. Over the top? Yes. But, to me it was like comic genius. Was he a Robin Williams or Jim Carrey? No, but he was pretty funny. At the time of this film he was about 25, so it was about right that he’d be a 6th-year college student.  I think a fairly young Carla Gugino was pretty hot in the film and this is before her stint as the dark armless woman in Sin City. Lane Smith was a completely underrated actor, in both serious and comedic roles. And, good old Mason Adams. You’ll still hear his voice in the Cadbury Eggs commercials and a few others, even though he’s passed on a few years back. Oh, and Tiffani Thiessen? Hubba hubba.

There’s a lot of hilarity, intended or otherwise, in this film. I enjoyed it when it came out and when I watched this a few weeks back, I still enjoyed it. It was dated, yes, but it still made relevant sense. In short, it was fun to watch. There’s more to the cast that made the film enjoyable and the interaction between Walter and Crawl and Theo and Crawl, were the best. Watching Crawl have to do some farm work is also quite humorous.

Rotten Tomatoes gives it a downright atrocious 21% Rotten and the Audience Score is only at 58%. IMDb has it at 5.7 stars out of 10. Not good ratings but then again, some people don’t have a tolerance for stupid comedy. I do. I really liked it. I saw it on Netflix and I rated it 3.5 stars. Have you seen it? What did you think? What would you like to read/hear me review?

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!

“Chickens! You guys have chickens? I love chickens! Are they extra crispy or original recipe?” – Crawl