Picks and Pans Review: Boston Common
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Forrest Gump and his sister go to college in this witless post-Friends addition to NBC's Thursday-night lineup from the creators of The Single Guy, which it temporarily replaces. Wyleen Pritchett (Hedy Burress) and her handyman brother Boyd (Anthony Clark) leave Virginia for her freshman year at Boston's Randolph Harrington College. Fictitious Harrington has that cut-rate TV campus look—professors teach their classes while strolling through the student union. Wyleen finds an off-campus apartment ("Ah am goin' to have a lot of sex in this place!"), but Boyd decides to stay on in Boston with her to pursue a cute graduate student (Traylor Howard, a standout). Writers David Kohan and Max Mutchnick can't decide whether Boyd is a homespun genius who calls the faculty "pretentious yahoos" or a backwoods moron who blabs about Mama's peculiar bathroom habits. Either way, these Beacon Hillbillies should flunk out fast.
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