Picks and Pans Review: Punk'd

UPDATED 05/12/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/12/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

MTV (Mondays, 10:30 p.m.)

Ashton Kutcher, giggling behind concealed video monitors with the glee of a kid given permission to blow up his train set, is the mastermind behind dumb but elaborate stunts played out on the likes of Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson and 7th Heaven's Jessica Biel. Example: A small troupe of actors pretends to be white-trash in-laws of singer Nick Lachey. They park their vee-hicle outside his home and demand $5,000 to get out of his hair. Lachey never loses his cool, but voices here are as routinely bleeped out as on The Osbournes. It's more fun than most hidden-camera shows: Kutcher keeps his in-your-face energy from boiling over into obnoxious-ness. And there are worse ways to waste a half hour than watching stars being humiliated.

BOTTOM LINE: Not bad for a punk

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