20th Century Fox’s recent decision to abandon their Fox Atomic subsidiary stemmed from the failure of such ghastly teenage fare as The Rocker and Miss March. This leaden buddy comedy features Eugene (Zach Cregger) and Tucker (Trevor Moore) attempting a cross-country road trip to attend a party at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion. After four years in a coma, Eugene is keen to relieve his virginity with his ex-girlfriend Cindi (Raquel Alessi), who is now featuring as Playboy’s Miss March, while Tucker is keen to meet up with Hef himself to swap philosophies on womanising.
Writers and directors Cregger and Moore have found success with New York comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U Know, but fail painfully here with running ‘jokes’ including a bunny girl accidentally drinking dog urine, Tucker’s girlfriend being stabbed in the face with a fork during sex, and Eugene expelling gallons of excrement on-camera.
Despite constant praise for his Playboy lifestyle, Hefner never appears in the same frame as any of the other participants, a wise disdain perhaps due to Miss March’s unappetising portrayal of Playboy women as brainless bimbos grateful to have anonymous sex for money. Hefner’s magazine used to offer titillation mixed with wit; Miss March just offers crude, aggressive sexism.
General release from Fri 19 Jun.