Paul Katz
February 23, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Fifty Pills

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
83 minutes
performer
Kristen Bell, Lou Taylor Pucci
director
Theo Avergerinos
distributor
Echo Bridge Entertainment
author
Matthew Perniciaro
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B-

Here’s a mystery even Veronica Mars couldn’t solve: Why does Fifty Pills squander our favorite TV sleuth in a do-nothing role? Bell gamely plays the love interest of a goody-goody college freshman (Thumbsucker‘s Pucci) forced to sell 50 Ecstasy pills in one day to earn tuition money. The direct-to-DVD indie keeps the cutesy premise fresh with clever cameos (American Pie‘s Eddie Kaye Thomas plays a doper with a Diff’rent Strokes fetish), but wasting Bell — even in the EXTRAS (come on, she’s barely in the making-of!) — makes Pills a funky trip.

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