Owen Gleiberman
April 03, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Meet the Deedles

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
Dennis Hopper, Paul Walker, Steve Van Wormer
genre
Comedy

We gave it a F

The dumbing down of Bill and Ted is a frightening concept, but here they are — bland, blond Stew and Phil Deedle (Steve Van Wormer and Paul Walker), rich-kid surfer-dude twins from Hawaii who are sent off to detention camp and wind up impersonating rookie park rangers at Yellowstone. Has a movie ever been in more desperate need of the brilliant comedy stylings of Pauly Shore? The Deedles wander around dropping geek witticisms like ”That’s so diculous, it’s ree-diculous!” and as adolescent rebels they have all the charming moxie of rejected contestants on MTV’s Singled Out. As if to compensate for the utter blankness of its heroes, the movie piles on such fun diversions as earthworm eating, a dancing grizzly bear, and Dennis Hopper, slumming at low ebb, as an ex-ranger who unleashes a plot to overrun Yellowstone with prairie dogs. F

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