Vegas Baby (NR) *

Kal Penn, Jonathan Bennett, Donald Faison, Charlie Talbert, Aaron Himelstein
Directed by Eric Bernt
7 p.m., Friday, June 17

The second offering from local production company Insomnia Entertainment is so insipid, strained and painfully unfunny that it makes the company's first film, Standing Still, seem like a masterpiece by comparison. Vegas Baby is a feature-length commercial for fun in Las Vegas and for its corporate underwriters, including the Golden Nugget (under the auspices of former owners Tim Poster and Tom Breitling) and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It's even got the requisite pointless Oscar Goodman cameo.

The set-up is straight out of a "What happens here, stays here" commercial: Five guys from Chicago head to Vegas for a bachelor party, and hijinks involving porn stars, sacks of money and ultimate fighters ensue. The movie is full of one-joke scenes that go on for what seems like hours, rampant homophobia, nonsensical plot twists and tons of fake breasts. The jokes are repetitive and not funny, the characters are caricatures, and the story is meandering and pointless.

It's also sad that a hometown production company is selling this juvenile, superficial and inaccurate view of Vegas to the world; that is, assuming anyone outside of CineVegas ever bothers to see it.
Josh Bell


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