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Zapped Again!
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by Jack Sommersby

"Just Another Lame, Lazy Sequel"
1 stars

A low laugh quotient and several dead spots throughout make it as enjoyable to sit through as a tax seminar.

The made-for-cable-television Zapped Again! is a good-natured but lame sequel to the amusing 1982 Zapped! that isn't likely to please even the most undemanding of audiences. The original was far from a classic, but it had a pleasing amount of goofy humor (who could forget the immortal line "Your mother made her specialty: Spam with cream sauce"?) and an engaging lead performance by TV heartthrob Scott Baio playing against-type as a nerdy high-school student who found himself with telekinetic powers from a lab experiment gone awry, which he used to get back at the bullying jocks and stuck-up cheerleaders who mocked him -- a non-violent Carrie, if you will. Zapped Again! doesn't have Baio, and that's a considerable minus being that this time around the untalented Todd Eric Andrews has the lead role, who's smug, uncharismatic, and an absolute zero in the comic-timing department. His underachieving Kevin Matthews has just transferred to the same school Baio's character attended (his sixth school in two-and-a-half years due to a divorced real-estate-selling mother), and he, too, is accidentally exposed to the telekinesis-enabling potion, but what he does with it isn't even remotely interesting or funny. Yes, a few blouses and skirts are undone in public view, some ketchup squirted out of containers, but that's about it. Half of the running time doesn't even bother dealing with the telekinesis: rather, it dishes out a generic, tired love story with Todd oblivious to the romantic longings of his new best friend, the Science Club geek Lucy (a luminous Kelli Wiliams), while lusting after the school's most popular babe, Amanda (an alert Maria McCann); and after Lucy suggests they break the potion's chemical composition down, synthesize it, and market and sell it for commercial use, nothing comes of it. The movie has three screenwriters credited, all of whom are making their debuts, and it's quite evident what with the scattershot plotting and endlessly inane dialogue (when Jeff tries convincing the manager of a hot-dog eatery to hire him, he says, "I like to sell a product I'm familiar with, and I know my wiener."). It's not a bad-looking production, I guess, and the casting of pro-football-player Lyle Alzado and cult actresses Linda Blair and Karen Black in cameo roles is certainly eclectic, but after a while you can't get past the impression that the moviemakers have laid down on the job in the presumptuous belief that the mere story premise would be enough to carry the day of this tired, tinny exercise. Nothing in Zapped Again! is thought-out or developed; it's nothing more than an extended teaser trailer trying to pass itself off as a motion picture.

Rent "Zapped!" instead.

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originally posted: 08/05/13 08:06:09
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3/31/01 Andrew Carden Go home and run for the senate. 2 stars
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  14-Apr-1990 (R)



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