Picks and Pans Review: Meet the Deedles

updated 04/13/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/13/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Steve Van Wormer, Paul Walker

The direct cinematic descendants of Bill and Ted and their excellent adventures, the titular Deedle twins (Van Wormer and Walker) are brothers out to prove boys just wanna have fun. A brainless comedy, Meet the Deedles begins on the siblings' 18th birthday ("We're legal and living regal," one tells the other), which the two celebrate by cutting school to go surfing. Angry, their tycoon father packs them off from their native Hawaii to Wyoming, where the duo join the Park Rangers and try to rid Yellowstone National Park of pesky prairie dogs.

The humor here is dumb and dumber (though I did like it when one of the Deedles, eyeing a nearby lovely, muses, "I'd like to be a Deedle in her haystack"), but most of it is pretty harmless and on-the-mark for its intended pre-and adolescent audiences. As the Deedles, Van Wormer and Walker deliver their lines with the vacuous, peppy vigor of male cheerleaders, while AJ Langer, playing Walker's love interest, manages to seem perky even while eating worms. (PG)

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