High school grossout comedy "Barely Legal" lacks even the urge to find a sparkling angle on an overdone subgenre. Three 17-year-old high school dudes and their plan to make an actual porn vid go predictably out of control, but pic's view of hormones trumping good sense contains zero insight and even fewer memorable visual jokes, hardly pushing the needle on outrageous humor.

High school grossout comedy “Barely Legal” lacks even the urge to find a sparkling angle on an overdone subgenre. Three 17-year-old high school dudes and their plan to make an actual porn vid go predictably out of control, but pic’s view of hormones trumping good sense contains zero insight and even fewer memorable visual jokes, hardly pushing the needle on outrageous humor. Made two years ago under title “After School Special,” pic had a German vid release in May and opened Stateside Friday sans previews on roughly two dozen screens: deep vid bins are next.

Unable to score girls, Deacon (Erik von Detten), Fred (Tony Denman) and Matt (Daniel Foster) arrive at the lame idea of making a porno as a way to get rich and impress the other half. From such uninspired stuff a limp comedy is made, as these virgins find out how hard it is to stage, let alone do, the real thing. Help comes in form of stripper Ashley (Sarah-Jane Potts), while trouble is delivered via school punk Jake (Riley Smith) and local porn star Vic Ramalot (Horatio Sanz).

Barely Legal

U.S. - Germany

Production

A Sony Pictures Entertainment release of a National Lampoon presentation of a Motion Picture Corp. of America/IWP Intl. West Pictures/Talent Networks Media production. Produced by Brad Krevoy, Keetgi Kogan. Executive producers, Gerhard Schmidt, Sabine Muller, David Kirkpatrick. Co-producer, David H. Steinberg. Directed by David Mickey Evans. Screenplay, David H. Steinberg.

Crew

Camera (color), John Aronson; editor, Harry Keramidas; music, Andrew Gross; music supervisor, Randy Gerston; production designer, Brent Thomas; art director, Roxanne Methot; set decorator, Louise Roper; costume designer, Jori Woodman; sound (Dolby Digital/SDDS/DTS), Darryl Powell; supervising sound editor, Rob Nokes; visual effects supervisor, Jean-Luc Dinsdale; special effects supervisor, Corbin Fox; stunt coordinator, Duane Dickinson; line producer, Lisa Towers; associate producers, Amy Ostrower, Adam Richman; assistant director, Jeffrey F. January; casting, Dan Shaner, Michael Testa. Reviewed at Loews Cineplex Beverly Center, Los Angeles, Oct. 21, 2005. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Erik von Detten, Vince Vieluf, Sarah-Jane Potts, Tony Denman, Riley Smith, Daniel Farber, Samm Levine, Tom Arnold, Horatio Sanz, Amy Smart, Rachel Dratch, Chris Parnell.

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