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JURY DUTY

     

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019

EDITOR’S NOTE: Puzzlements of the universe include the existence of mosquitoes, haggis and the movie career of Pauly Shore. His movies were always awful but Shore hit some kind of nadir with this one some 24 years ago. Still, as yet another unfathomable entry in the no-accounting-for-taste department, Mill Creek Entertainment has elected to give the alleged comedy a Blu-ray upgrade as part of its ‘Retro VHS Look’ series. My review was published in the Deseret News on April 18, 1995.

"Jury Duty" is the latest outing from Pauly Shore, who abandons much of the deadhead delivery he parlayed into movie stardom with "Encino Man," "Son-in-Law" and "In the Army Now." Not that it matters, since what is left is even worse than those films.

Shore is a failed male stripper (at a club owned by his uncle, played by unbilled Andrew Dice Clay). And he's actually happier sitting at home watching "Jeopardy!" with his dog in his mother's mobile home. (His mother is played by Shelley Winters.)

     

         Tia Carrere, Stanley Tucci, 'Jury Duty'

When Shore receives a notice that he is to serve jury duty, he throws it away — until his mother announces she is off to get married. With no place to live, Shore retrieves the notice and finagles his way onto the jury of a lengthy, highly publicized murder trial — so he can live in a hotel and receive room service each night.

Eventually, when the rest of the jury wants to convict the alleged killer, Shore does everything he can to stall.

     

                      Pauly Shore, 'Jury Duty'

The trouble is, there isn't a laugh to be had in this mess, despite a competent supporting cast that includes Tia Carrere, Stanley Tucci, Brian Doyle-Murray and other familiar faces.

"Jury Duty" is rated PG-13 but should be rated R for considerable vulgarity, profanity, violence and partial nudity.