ZERO STARS/**** Image B+ Sound B Extras B-
starring Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, Thomas Jane, Selma Blair
screenplay by Nancy M. Pimental
directed by Roger Kumble
by Walter Chaw Roger Kumble's The Sweetest Thing presents a good news/bad news situation. On the one hand, it's barely eighty minutes long--on the other, for those eighty minutes it's repugnant beyond words. On the one hand, the worst film of 2002 has already appeared with eight months to go, and on the other, I not only had to watch the benighted thing, I am now required by my vocation to relive it in detail. I am forced, for instance, to remember a scene in which the only Jewish Laundromat owner in all of San Francisco's Chinatown tastes a semen stain to determine that it's such; to recall the moment where a woman with a penis stuck in her throat mumbles Aerosmith's "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" to clear her air passage. Yes, The Sweetest Thing is crass and moronic, this much goes without saying (that Cameron Diaz plays another emetic simpleton is also not much of a surprise). What is a shock is that Parker Posey cameos late in the game and even she's not funny. If it takes a brilliant director to make a bad actor look good, the corollary holds, too.