Loose Screws (1985)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Sex Comedy, Teen Movie  |   Run Time - 76 min.  |   Countries - Canada   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Even by genre standards, this late straggler in the 1980's teen comedy cycle is pretty threadbare: the script throws out any pretense of story in favor of cut-rate vaudeville hijinks, the production values are at about a porno-film level and most of the supposedly high school-age cast members look like they are pushing thirty. Despite these many stumbling blocks, Loose Screws puts forth a surprising amount of energy in pursuit of its lowball comedy aims. Director Rafal Zielinski (who also helmed the similar Screwballs) keeps the raunchy humor rolling at a breakneck clip and the film's original pop song soundtrack boasts some surprisingly catchy tunes: the funniest is a song about condoms entitled "Circular Impression." None of the young leads really make much of an impression but everyone is competent enough for this sort of fare and future stand-up comedy success Mike MacDonald displays some deft comic timing as the film's Dean Wormer-styled principal. The end result is a silly ball of fluff best appreciated in an insomniac haze at 2 a.m. in the morning. To sum up, Loose Screws is too silly and rough-hewn to appeal to viewers accustomed to slicker modern teen comedy fare like American Pie and is best left to genre completists for its modest value as a period piece.