Pauly Shore, Tia Carrere, Stanley Tucci, Abe Vigoda
To look on the all-too-dim bright side of this insipid courtroom comedy: It is only 86 minutes long. The charmless Shore, on the other hand, is still the star. And TriStar Pictures’ promotion campaign, which suggests Jury Duty is a satire of the O.J. Simpson trial, is deceitful.
Most of the movie is devoted to Shore’s dork shtick as he lands on the jury for the trial of a serial killer who has murdered seven fast-food workers. Shore has a kind of partner in a little bald Chihuahua that shows an unnatural interest in watching Jeopardy!, but he lacks a real foil. The film’s real shock comes from the writers, who two-thirds of the way through turn from clueless comedy to clueless drama. (PG-13)