'Miss March'


In the end, "Miss March" probably will do more good for Playboy than Fox Atomic.

The teen comedy, which most teens can't see anyway unless accompanied by an immature adult, is built around the opposite reactions of two pubescent boys to a Playboy centerfold. That the film holds up the magazine as a touchstone of American culture undoubtedly is accurate. But here's the deal: The worst sex cartoon in Playboy's long history can't compete with the sheer vacuousness of this inane comedy.

The film's stars, directors, writers and even songwriters are Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore, members of the cable TV comedy troupe the Whitest Kids U'Know. Their humor takes awhile to get used to — certainly more than the 90 minutes they have here — so don't look for "Miss March" to be around well into April.

Cregger and Moore are a throwback to those old comedy teams where an idiot and a straight man encounter the perplexing world of adults. Moore plays the zany one, channeling Jim Carrey to the point of copyright infringement. Cregger plays straight man to the point of blandness.

The plot says Cregger's character Eugene has been in a coma for four years, having knocked himself out at the moment he was supposed to have sex for the first time with his alluring high school sweetheart, Cindi (Raquel Alessi), on prom night. Well, it is four years later and not only has his dad moved to Florida, Cindi has moved to the Playboy centerfold.

Tucker has this idea to spirit Eugene from his hospital bed on a swift trip to Hollywood and the Playboy Mansion to check on Cindi and see whether she still cares.

Cregger and Moore make certain they are front and center every moment, but that is not necessarily to their advantage. You might want to hide out when gags fall as flat as these. (partialdiff)