directed by Dewey Nicks
In the hands of Dewey Nicks, David H. Steinberg’s twisted tale of academia gone berserk is so overwhelmingly genius that it simply dwarves all other contemporary comedies until the last 30% of this decade. Slackers is the kind of film that is too far ahead of its time, so much so that it is misunderstood, then forgotten for too long before its relevance can be truly appreciated. The Cable Guy? Zoolander? Yeah, buddy. Devin Sowa is Dave Goodman, who, along with buddies Jeff (a fantastic Michael Maronna) and Sam (Jason Segel is straight up amazing) make a living out of scamming the system. But when Dave gets the hots for Angela (James King), her screwball stalker, Ethan (one of Jason Schwarztman’s very best roles) has few tricks up his sleeve to gum up the works. I remember another critic likening the movie to a David Lynch film, and surely the talking penis puppet sing along sequence doesn’t hurt the comparison, but the bottom line is that Slackers is a comedy from the future, sent back like Michael Biehn in Terminator to save humankind from a world of bland humor. If you missed this tragically snubbed comedy classic, then give it a shot. If you vaguely remember it, then go refresh that ass. If you love it as much as me, then congrats, mon ami, because you have truly exquisite taste.
Note: Let’s just recap a few of the other comedy gems that came out the same year.
Austin Powers: Goldmember
The fucking Tuxedo
The New Guy (wtf?)
Sweet Home Alabama
I won’t go on… But do you see what Slackers was up against? Of course it was lost in the shitty shuffle. Imagine, if you will, Slacker’s reception as being the exact opposite of when Michael J. Fox played Johnny B. Goode at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance.