"Behaving Badly" is a dreadful sex comedy that gets worse and worse as its dopey story snowballs into relative incoherence.
The film's starry supporting cast is proof positive that actors — even onetime Oscar nominees — just want to act. In anything.
Hapless high school student Rick Stevens (an offhanded
But this wager is merely the nominal engine for Rick's already fraught life to take a series of nutty twists and turns, many of which feel as if they've been concocted on the fly by director Tim Garrick, who adapted the script with Scott Russell from the 2000 novel "While I'm Dead ... Feed the Dog." It all adds up to a randy groanfest that, er, climaxes too quickly and sticks us with an interminable, falsely earnest third act.
Though Rick is a largely reactive character, he at least feels somewhat of this planet. Most everyone else, however, is of the broad, one-note variety; dumb people who do dumb, under-examined things. The roster includes Rick's suicidal, alcoholic mom (
It's an egregious waste of talent — and your time.
MPAA rating: R for crude sexual content and language throughout, some graphic nudity, and drug material.
Running time: 1 hour, 38 minutes.