Picks and Pans Review: Chuck & Buck

updated 07/24/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/24/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Mike White, Chris Weitz

Some dweebs grow up to be Bill Gates. Others become Buck (White, who also wrote the script), the pasty-skinned oddball at the center of this creepy, disquieting drama. Although he's 27, Buck is obsessed with boyhood pal Chuck (Weitz, who co-directed American Fie) and begins stalking him. Buck wants the two to resume where they left off as 11-year-olds, including experimenting with sex. But Chuck, now a music industry exec in L.A. with a fiancée (Beth Colt), wants no part of Buck.

You can hardly blame him. Buck is a socially awkward Peter Pan who breathes heavily when he talks and won't take no for an answer. But this vividly strange character remains painfully compelling even as the film itself fades halfway through. (R)

Bottom Line: Weirdly watchable

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