It’s been a while since I went to a theater to watch what could categorical be considered a teen-sex comedy, but I decided to give this one a shot. Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore make their directorial debuts with this month’s Miss March. A comedy that focuses on a young man who awakens from a four year coma, to discover that his once virginal girlfriend is now a Playboy centerfold. Cregger and Moore not only directed, but they also wrote the screenplay and star in the film.
Miss March centers on Eugene Bell (Cregger) and his best friend Tucker Cleigh (Moore) as they go on a cross country trip to the Playboy Mansion. At a prom after party Eugene is accidentally struck on the head, and is left in a coma which lasts four years. When he awakens he finds out that his high school sweetheart Cyndi (Raquel Alessi) has become a Playboy Playmate, Miss March to be exact! Tucker convinces him that he has to find her so he can get closure on their relationship, forcing him to take an early leave from the hospital. Once they’re on the move a fire fighter chasing, ex-girlfriend hunting, Playmate searching journey ensues.
If you’re a fan of the show The Whitest Kids U’Know, which co-stars the films headliners this film may peak your interest. Unfortunately, I was less than impressed. The movie pretty much reminded me of why I’ve stayed away from any teen sex comedy released post American Pie 2. This script is what happens when everything’s been done and there’s nothing new to make fun of. Even the addition of the very talented and very funny Craig Robinson was overshadowed by bad jokes. Robinson stars as Tucker’s friend, a rapper who goes by the stage name Horsedick.mpeg. Yes, that’s his name and there is no legitimate reason as to why he’s called that. He just is. That name is a prime example of one of the many forced jokes that fall flat. The script tries too hard, and nothing comes off natural. The performances were also a huge problem. The acting is so lackluster that even Hugh Hefner’s cameo couldn’t distract you from it.
Miss March tries to set itself a part from other films in the genre, but still ends up following the same formula as its predecessors. I wouldn’t recommend seeing this in theaters. It has a straight to DVD quality to it, that doesn’t warrant you paying 10 dollars and up. If you just want to see pointless nudity (male and female), and Hugh Hefner for a good 60 seconds this is the movie for you! But if you’re more interested in something that makes sense on paper and translates well to the screen, you should avoid this at one at all costs.
Miss March is rated R, and hits theaters on March 13, 2009.