The Marc Pease Experience (2009)
Average Rating: 3.1/10
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Ten years after graduation, a former high school musical superstar who insists on living in the past discovers that there's more to life than the bright lights of Broadway as his former teacher and mentor prepares for a particularly chaotic opening-night performance. Jason Schwartzman and Ben Stiller star in a comedy co-scripted by Jacob Koskoff and director Todd Louiso. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Aug 21, 2009 Wide
Nov 3, 2009
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Like Schwartzman, Stiller devotes aptly excessive attention to the portrayal of a character too invested in trivial pursuits himself. It's the movie's one decent joke, but, in the absence of laughs, the most the actors can draw from it is a mere grin.
The film is an all-you-can-eat buffet of mediocrity. A spiraling vortex of boredom. A deflated Whoopee cushion.
This is a slight and unessential picture, but its quirky, compassionate tone seems destined to attract a cult following, and members of high-school drama clubs everywhere will be riveted.
Consider: A bad movie about cheesy a cappella and awful musical theater. What could be more excruciating?
It's badly written and inertly directed, with actors who don't have a clue what drives their characters.
No character is worth caring about, worth pitying, worth paying attention to; no dilemma they face is too petty.
Louiso's misfiring comedy feels less like a comic feast than a thrown-together assemblage of haphazardly nuked leftovers.
If anyone were going to like The Marc Pease Experience, it would be me, and I didn't.
so bereft of anything close to humor that one wonders if it was even meant to be a comedy in the first place.
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