So this spoiled rich kid (hereafter referred to as SRK) is a troublemaker at school. He and his cohorts do what they please, eventually winding up with them slamming their car into the schools head priest, Father Concoff (Ed Begley Jr. doing an annoying accent but that doesnt mean he should be mowed down). During the crash this girl they kidnapped also gets injured. Of course, the two rich spoiled boys walk away without a scratch. Why did they kidnap her? Because she acts all prissy but is actually promiscuous. That seems like a logical reason to kidnap someone, doesnt it? No, it doesnt. But seeking logical answers to this movies plot results in a bigger headache than the films ultimately worth. Instead of serving time in prison like he deserves, the SRK gets off by having his father pull some strings. SRK then goes off to the Marines thats his punishment. There, the generic Drill Sergeant shouts orders at him (weve seen this stereotypical role so many times, it is possible to yell out the lines right along with poor Val Kilmer) and teaches him how to be a man. I kid you not. Thats the plot.
Wait, I forgot the love story. Because hes now a SRK with a heart, he goes to visit the girl he kidnapped and injured. Shes mad at him. Duh. But she has a roommate in this mental institute/halfway house shes now locked up in that kind of finds him attractive. Hold the phone. Why is she locked up? Seems mommy dearest doesnt like her little girl having sex and has committed her to a mental institute. What the heck? Oh yeah, that happens all the time. Havent you visited a mental institution recently and seen all the teenage girls whove had sex locked up behind bars until they come to their senses? That plot line actually made my brain physically ache. Anyway, the roommate is some famous pop singer/actress/weirdo with schizophrenia. He finds her quirkiness endearing. Dude, shes sick. She has a real illness and you find her quirky and think you can cure her by being quirky right along with her? What am I missing?
Jonathan Tucker and Rachael Leigh Cook play the leads in this unfortunate mess. Tuckers not leading man material at this point in his career, and Cook alternated between annoying me and giving me a good chuckle at her over-acting. Val Kilmer The nicest thing to say about Kilmer is that hes the best thing in this movie. A special plea to Kilmer fire your agent or whoever is helping you choose your roles. Youre so much better than this. Agnes Bruckner, so good in Blue Car, is also totally wasted as the sexually active teen with a mean mom.
This is based on a true story. Repeat that phrase a few hundred times while youre trying to fight your way out of the theater, kicking yourself for purchasing a ticket. Youve been warned. This one isnt even worth watching on cable TV, unless youre ready to be fitted for a straight jacket.
"Stateside" was directed by Reverge Anselmo and is rated R for sexuality, language, drinking and drug content involving teens.