There seems to be no bottom to "Going Down," a lame also-ran in the rapidly declining teen gross-out comedy genre. Imagine playwright Ken Ludwig regressed back to a teenager and convinced that "American Pie" is moviemaking's pinnacle, and one gets an idea of pic's arch attempts at being a contempo youth farce.

There seems to be no bottom to “Going Down,” a lame also-ran in the rapidly declining teen gross-out comedy genre. Imagine playwright Ken Ludwig regressed back to a teenager and convinced that “American Pie” is moviemaking’s pinnacle, and one gets an idea of pic’s arch attempts at being a contempo youth farce. Joseph A. Pineda’s direction and Joey Velazquez’s script follow farce’s basic rules, but the result doesn’t hold together. Commercial and ancillary prospects are perfectly summed up by pic’s title.

On the day after a blow-out party, Jack (Jay Michael Ferguson) is awakened by a phone call from his vacationing parents (Ed Begley Jr., Rachelle Carson) saying they’re returning early — in three hours. Panicked Jack must deal with sex-crazed buddy Travis (Josh Blake), a corpse, various stoned-out partygoers and a gaggle of intruders whose only purpose is to mechanically provide some plot obstacles. The descent into bad taste is nothing next to the inane chain of crises, capped with an unfunny depiction of a gay teen on drugs.

Going Down

Production

A Paia Pictures release in association with Wasatch Screen Partners of a Bill Ferguson production. Produced by Bill Ferguson. Co-producer, Jim Pasternak. Directed by Joseph A. Pineda. Screenplay, Joey Velazquez; story, Velazquez, Wade Warren.

Crew

Camera (CFI color), Olivier Donohue; editor, Yoshio Kohashi; music, Jeff Cardoni; music supervisors, Sandra L. Rostirolla, Michael Best; production designer, Christian Flaherty; art director, Michael Andrews; costume designer, Charlotte McCrimmon. Reviewed on videotape, L.A., April 8, 2003. Running time: 80 MIN.

With

Jay Michael Ferguson, Josh Blake, Christine Lakin, Hope Riley, Matthew Carey, Lacey Bullard, Renee Estevez, Pat Thomas, Nicholas Downs, Rachelle Carson, Blake Shields, Dennis Haskins, Ed Begley Jr., Josh LeBar.

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