Jury Duty
Entertainment: +2 1/2
Acceptability: -2

Tommy Collins (Pauly Shore) can't get a job, even as a male stripper. But he'd rather sponge off his mom anyway. When a jury summons arrives, Tommy throws it away, but has second thoughts when mom and her fiancee drive away with the trailer home. Hoping to get a long trial where the jury stays in a nice hotel, Tommy schemes to get picked for the trial of a serial killer. When the verdict is obvious, Tommy holds out to extend his stay in the hotel. He has a secret deal with the manager to stay in the hotel penthouse. When forced by the other jurors to make a decision, Tommy finds convincing evidence to support his view. Unfortunately, his hotel hi-jinks are discovered and the judge (Abe Vigoda) declares a mistrial. Tommy, wanting to impress Monica (Tia Carrere), another juror, continues to try to find the real killer. A spoof about a holdout juror being right can be well done, but JURY DUTY isn't. It's just an overdone cliche.

Tommy seems to overcome his self-centered laziness when forced to find a reason for his holdout. But it's more an exercise in making sure he is taken care of with free room and board as a sequestered juror. Viewers are subjected to male strippers who expose their backsides for screaming women in a club, as well as Tommy's inept audition for a job. Television commercials feature disgusting items, and a hot tub ad features women in thong bikinis who return in Tommy's dreams. Sex is mostly a topic for crude humor. For example, Tommy fondles a TV image and tells his mom it's safe sex and later refers to self-gratification in an attempt to wake his hotel roommate. During the trial, Tommy claims hearing problems, making a witness and the judge repeat explicit sexual terms several times. With the film's tasteless crude humor and frequent foul language, this jury deserves to be hung.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Distributor: TriStar Pictures, 9000 Sunset Blvd., #711, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Crude Language: Many (13) times - Mild 6, Regular 7
Obscene Language: Many 11 times (s-word 4, obscene gesture 1, other 6)
Profanity: Several (9) times - Regular 3(G-d) , Exclamatory 6
Violence: Several times - Moderate (mostly slapstick: hand caught in bus door, hits to head, fall off balcony; TV commentator's head explodes, stun gun used, humorous torture of holdout juror)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: Few times (female rear nudity on TV in thong bikinis); Near Nudity (male dancers in bikinis)
Homosexual Conduct: Once (transvestite propositions Pauly)
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Continuous (references to safe sex, self-gratification, sperm donation, sexual activities; fondling TV image of women; condom given to prisoner)
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Sounds of urination, electric chair nightlight advertised on TV
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Intended Audience: Teens & young adults

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