Picks and Pans Review: Undeclared
Season before last, Judd Apatow was executive producer of Freaks and Geeks, a show about high school that was funny, smart and exceptional. This new college comedy isn't quite in the same class, but it captures the atmosphere of the dormitory as minimum-security madhouse.
Undeclared (as in "What's your major?") features freshmen on a fictional California campus: awkward Steven (Jay Baruchel); babe magnet Lloyd (Charlie Hunnam), his British roommate; dry wit Ron (Freaks grad Seth Rogen); Lizzie (Carla Gallo), instant winner of Steven's heart; nervous, sexy Rachel (Monica Keena); and aspiring rocker Marshall (Timm Sharp). But more laugh credits are earned by nonstudents like Hal (Loudon Wainwright III), Steven's straining-to-be-cool dad, and Eric (Jason Segel, also from Freaks), Lizzie's insanely jealous boyfriend. Education is a low priority here, though Saturday Night's Live's Will Ferrell has a ball Oct. 9 as a speed-fueled "townie" who cranks out academic papers for hire.
Bottom Line: Enroll provisionally