starring Devon Sawa, Jason Schwartzman, James King, Michael C. Maronna
screenplay by David H. Steinberg
directed by Dewey Nicks
by Walter Chaw A film that does for masturbation what Freddy Got Fingered did for manually pleasuring large land mammals, Slackers is a teen revenge/romance film (a bellicose cross between Real Genius and Three o'Clock High) that surprises for its random Conan O'Brien-esque spark of perverse invention. There are at least two sequences that belong in a better film, and they're tied together by a gross-out comedy that vacillates between the typical (a vibrator gag) and the surreal (a talking penis-powered sock puppet). It's an amalgam of Farrelly Brothers archetypes (i.e., the flawless inamorata: gorgeous, kind, candy striper) and Jason Schwartzman's Rushmore-brand of aggressive outcast, and though it spends long minutes flirting with "potential cult favourite," Slackers ends up as just another ugly also-ran.