A wretchedly undercooked Canuck comedy that mashes together "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Election" to no apparent purpose, "Citizen Duane" can't hold a candle to either -- much less helmer Michael Mabbott's previous pic, "The Life and Times of Guy Terrifico" -- and will be deported very soon to desperate cablers and dusty vidshelves.
A wretchedly undercooked Canuck comedy that mashes together Matthew Broderick starrers “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Election” to no apparent purpose, “Citizen Duane” can’t hold a candle to either — much less helmer Michael Mabbott’s previous pic, the witty, cameo-filled C&W music mockumentary “The Life and Times of Guy Terrifico” — and will be deported very soon to desperate cablers and dusty vidshelves.In the bucolic town of Ridgeburg (actually Hamilton, Ontario), precocious high-schooler Duane Balfour (Douglas Smith) engages in a futile, lifelong competition against fat rich kid Chad Milton (Nicholas Carella). After losing a student election to him and being beaten up yet again by his nemesis, Duane decides to run for mayor against Chad’s grandmother, Kelly (Rosemary Dunsmore). He’s aided by long-suffering g.f. Molly (Jane McGregor) and layabout Uncle Bingo (Ottawa-born Donal Logue). Cruel gags fall flat, and what’s worse, Duane comes across as an obsessive, self-absorbed dunce. Alberta Watson (“Spanking the Monkey”) as Duane’s weary mom is the sole thesp with any impact; how Vivica A. Fox ended up playing his tolerant high school teacher is anybody’s guess. Tech package is more skillful than the story deserves.