Guilty Pleasures: Last Minute bit o’ Lynch Edition

Once I started to ponder this undertaking, I found myself torn between a number of films. I could pick a film that is actually pretty good, but the content is a tad embarrassing for me to admit to liking. I could pick a turkey of a film that is the sort of oddball flick that is entertaining or I could pick a mediorce film that…well, it mediocre.

I am taking the latter.

PCU

In the tradition of ANIMAL HOUSE (But not as good), PCU features a group of underachieving outcasts that rub the authority figures the wrong way.

President Garcia-Thompson: You passed out cigarettes for a smoke-a-thon on Earth Day. You installed speed bumps on the handicapped ramps and, most recently, you dumped 100 pounds of… MEAT on a peaceful vegan protest!

Droz: Oh, come on! That was way more than 100 pounds.

Jeremy Pivens stars as James ‘Droz’ Andrews, student that is part con man, part slacker. He has spent his college years enjoying life and college. While they never come out and say it, it appears likely that he has spent more than the traditional four years.

He is the leader of a crew of misfits that inhabit a former frat house that is now called The Pit. While the school has become uptight and politically correct, this group just wants to relax and enjoy life.

His nemesis is Rand McPherson (David Spade) a preppy leader of an underground frat called Balls and Shaft. They wear khakis, blue blazers and striped ties. He works with President Garcia-Thompson, the uptight University president that wants everything to be PC. She wants nobody to be offended or feel excluded. In the process, she creates a safe, and boring, campus.

Doesn’t sound like Oscar material, does it? But PCU does have a few things going for it:

Piven is a very charismatic guy and he is given some pretty fun dialogue to play with. While I think he does a fine job on ENTOURAGE, he should be doing more comedies. He looks like the guy next door, but is charming enough for folks to cheer for him and believe that he can get the girl.

Droz: Ladies and gentlemen, I think it’s time to revive an ancient tradition we seem to have long forgotten.
Cecilia: They confiscated the altar, Droz.
Droz: No, I’m not talking about human sacrifice, Ceel. I’m talking about something we used to do every Saturday night as a matter of principle. Here’s a hint. Legions of hand-stamped meatheads… in coed naked lacrosse T-shirts… power-chugging watered-down Meisterchau… regurgitating on the glue-matted floors.
Mullaney: Kiln-like temperatures, fights with townies… lines of drunken people waiting for the bathroom.
Katy: Wait a second. You guys are talking about a party.
Droz: Ding-ding-ding. Gutter, tell her what’s she’s won.

Jeremy is fun as hell here, I wish I had known him while in college.

David Spade is pretty good here as your basic David Spade character: an arrogant, snob.

George Clinton performs. Yes, GEORGE CLINTON, Dr. Funkenstein, the master of interplanetary funk!

Droz: Listen, uh, we couldn’t help but notice that you’re George Clinton.
George: Yeah?
Droz: Listen, George, we’ve had a real bad day. The president of the university has been spanking us with a seven-grand damage bill.  We were gonna rob a  Seven-Eleven, but we don’t have enough ski masks. So what are we gonna do?We’re gonna throw an all-campus rocker. The only problem is, we don’t have the artillery.
George: Please, what you want from me? What you tryin’ to say?
Droz:  We were hoping you could play our party.
George: What?
[Droz gives him a pleading look.]
George: Can’t nobody make no face that ugly and not be serious.
[Chuckles]
We’ll do it, man. Jesus.

So George and the boys lay down some solid funk as Droz and co manage to draw all of the different groups on campus to The Pit for a rockin’ party.

Now this goes about as well as the Toga Party in ANIMAL HOUSE. They raise the money to pay the damage bill, but get kicked off campus because of all of the complaints.

Naturally they strike back and chaos ensues.

PCU is a Sunday afternoon film. For a while, Comedy Central seemingly ran it every weekend. And if I came across it. Much like the characters in it, PCU is charming despite it’s mediocrity. So grab a beverage, pull last night’s pizza out of the fridge and veg out with Droz and the gang.

Jeremy Lynch