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Jeremy Piven's Sophomore Classic

The new season of HBO’s half-hour industry comedy Entourage will be on the air in a matter of weeks, but for those who need a good dose of Jeremy Piven, you can go to the DVD store and snatch up a copy of P.C.U.

"P.C.U." - DVD Review

starring Jeremy Piven + Chris Young + Megan Ward + Jon Favreau

written by Adam Leff + Zak Penn

directed by Hart Bochner

 

The new season of HBO’s half-hour industry comedy Entourage will be on the air in a matter of weeks, but for those who need a good dose of Jeremy Piven, you can go to the DVD store and snatch up a copy of P.C.U. There will likely only be one copy on the shelf since this film did not fare well critically or commercially, but the popular staple of mid-afternoon cable television is a must-see for anyone who likes hodge podge comedies.

 

This flick has everything from uptight environmental liberal arts students getting pelted with raw meat to stoner Frisbee gone awry and an unintentional race riot that is resolved by none other than the Godfather of Interplanetary Funk, George Clinton. And in its 79 minute running time you will also find Gary Busey’s son as an epically cruel stoner, David Spade as a sawed-off young Republican with an axe to grind against a former roommate who verbally abused him mid-coitus, and Jeremy Piven smoking a cigarette whilst in a deep beer-induced slumber.

 

Believe it or not, all of that doesn’t begin to sum up the many facets of this above-par sophomoric college comedy. For all intents and purposes, it should have been the Animal House of Generation-X and, really, it is, but alas, the film was largely overlooked by the mainstream, leading to Twentieth Century Fox’s video re-release under the new title P.C.U. Pit Party.

 

What does a skateboarding, rock-n-rolling, beer-swilling teen comedy have to do with an Entourage jones? Plenty. On display here is Piven as Droz Andrews, a character that by any other name would be Ari Gold in his alma-mater days. The fast-talking, over-exuberant, always pragmatic characteristics of Gold are clothed within a Bud-stained t-shirt and jeans (and a little more hair), but throw some Armani on the dude and you’ve got the smoothest power-agent from here to the Canyon.

 

Oh! And in case his success as a multi-million dollar director of action hero movies has gone to his head, Jon Favreau can look back at this movie and enjoy a younger, less polished version of his Hollywood success story in the hulking form of stocky but sensitive Gutter, a dread-locked Hippie who would have saved the Frat house if it weren’t for that one major bong blow.

 Peep the "Penis Party" before the "Womynists" shut the Pit down. Why? Because tonight "Everyone gets laid."—Bob Freville
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