Video Review

PCU (1994)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Movie Rated: PG-13; Genre: Comedy; With: Jeremy Piven; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

It probably sounded like a cash cow during the pitch meeting—an Animal House for the politically hypersensitive '90s. And PCU starts out funny enough: A naive prospective student visits an issues-charged campus and meets fast-talking, charismatic slacker leader Droz (Piven). But Piven's high-IQ-Bluto shtick wears thin after the first half hour, and all that's left is the rank aftertaste of flat keg beer. Instead of satire, ''PCU'' peddles a hackneyed palette of feminists, vegetarians, and eco-whiners. C+

Originally posted Aug 26, 1994 Published in issue #237-238 Aug 26, 1994 Order article reprints