Kickin' It Old Skool

MoviesEntertainmentJamie KennedyChevy Chase

If the words "starring Jamie Kennedy" still haven't ingrained in you the Pavlovian response to stay home and save your money, then how about this: "Kickin' It Old Skool" offers nothing but the broadest jokes cribbed from the talking-head segments of VH-1's "I Love the '80s" acted out onscreen. Did that do the trick?

Kennedy stars as an elementary school breakdancing wiz whose signature move lands him in a coma for 20 years. He wakes up with the mind and the wardrobe of a 13 year-old '80s fashion victim. Hilarity tentatively pops its head in, but doesn't full-on ensue.

In fact, only two elements stand out here: A single gag involving a suicide attempt using Pop Rocks and Pepsi and "Smallville's" Michael Rosenbaum, who could use this movie as a reel to convince someone to cast him the long-planned "Fletch" remake—that's how well he channels Chevy Chase at his smarmiest (in other words, the "funny" Chevy). It's a valiant effort, but a wasted one.

Fortunately, most of PG-13 gags will survive the cut when "Old Skool" inevitably finds its true home on TBS in…well, let's say a month or so.

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