Picks and Pans Review: Jury Duty

updated 04/24/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/24/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Pauly Shore, Tia Carrere, Stanley Tucci, Abe Vigoda

To look on the all-too-dim bright side of this insipid courtroom comedy: It is only 86 minutes long. The charmless Shore, on the other hand, is still the star. And TriStar Pictures' promotion campaign, which suggests Jury Duty is a satire of the O.J. Simpson trial, is deceitful.

Most of the movie is devoted to Shore's dork shtick as he lands on the jury for the trial of a serial killer who has murdered seven fast-food workers. Shore has a kind of partner in a little bald Chihuahua that shows an unnatural interest in watching Jeopardy!, but he lacks a real foil. The film's real shock comes from the writers, who two-thirds of the way through turn from clueless comedy to clueless drama. (PG-13)

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