Jury Duty

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -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
TriStar Pictures, 9000 Sunset Blvd., #711, Los Angeles, CA 90069

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

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)

Sex: None

Nudity: Few times (female rear nudity on TV in thong bikinis); Near Nudity (male dancers in bikinis)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Continuous (references to safe sex, self-gratification, sperm donation, sexual activities; fondling TV image of women; condom given to prisoner)

Drugs: None

Other: Sounds of urination, electric chair nightlight advertised on TV

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Intended Audience: Teens & young adults

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