Picks and Pans Review: The Jerky Boys—the Movie

updated 02/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

Johnny Brennan, Kamal, Alan Arkin

This stupifyingly pea-brained comedy is custom-tailored to the talents (a generous word choice) of its beefy stars, Brennan and Kamal, two New Yorkers who were employed as a construction worker and a cook, respectively, before acquiring modest fame in 1993 with the release of an album containing their prank phone calls. They are still dialing. Brennan specializes in foul-mouthed abusive tirades; Kamal does foreign accents. This is all that they do, though the movie concocts a limp plot in which the two try to hustle a group of Mafia thugs headed by Arkin, an actor who deserves better. (R)

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