A Night At The Roxbury

on October 02, 1998 by Christine James
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"A Night at the Roxbury" has about two or three decent laughs. That's great for the five-minute "Saturday Night Live" skit version in which Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan originated their "Roxbury Boys" characters; it's not so good, however, for an entire movie (just barely stretched to feature length at 81 minutes).
Ferrell and Kattan play Steve and Doug Butabi, the guidoish sons of a silk flower magnate (Dan Hedaya). Instead of putting their efforts into the family business, the self-deluded brothers spend their time club-hopping in the hopes of hooking up with some "hotties" (this contrived movie teenspeak for an attractive woman has apparently not yet died its rightful demise). But the head-bobbing duo's repulsive nose-twiddling, obnoxious dancing and beyond-lame conversational skills make such romantic pursuits impossible. They're in a rut, and decide that only by devising a way to get into the exclusive Roxbury nightclub will they change their fates. When they finally do, thanks to none other than former "21 Jump Street" star Richard Grieco (in a cameo similar to but not nearly as funny as Billy Idol's in "The Wedding Singer"), they're blissfully unaware that they're in way over their heads as they become entangled with an eccentric clubowner (Chazz Palminteri in an uncredited cameo), an embittered chauffeur (Colin Quinn) and some gorgeous golddiggers (Elisa Donovan and Gigi Rice).
Audiences are likely to be as repelled by this lame & lamer combo as their would-be dance partners, because underneath their shallow and clueless veneers is just more shallowness and cluelessness--and lots of unsightly back hair. Starring Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, Dan Hedaya and Molly Shannon. Directed by John Fortenberry. Written by Steve Koren and Will Ferrell & Chris Kattan. Produced by Lorne Michaels and Amy Heckerling. A Paramount release. Comedy. Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor, language and some drug content. Running time: 81 min.
Tags: Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, Dan Hedaya, Molly Shannon, John Fortenberry, Steve Koren, Lorne Michaels, Amy Heckerling, A Paramount release, Comedy, conversational, romantic, club-hopping, Roxbury
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