Full of It (PG-13)

Comedy 93 March 2, 2007
By Ella Taylor
New Line Cinema horns in on the youth market with British director Christian Charles' strenuously edgy take on a hoary old teen-comedy standby: High school dweeb sells his soul for status and lives to reap as he has sown. Ryan Pinkston is excellent as Sam Leonard, an insecure runt whose humiliation at the hands of big bullies in his grubby new high school leads him to lie his way to self-reinvention. His nose doesn't grow longer, but his puny member does, and gradually takes over his personality as he brags his way to universal popularity. The twist is that all of Sam's lies come nightmarishly true -- his wholesome parents (John Carroll Lynch and Cynthia Stevenson) become heedless narcissists; his pretty blond teacher turns into a sex maniac; the dog really does eat his homework; everyone but his above-the-fray friend (Kate Mara) wants a piece of him; and worst of all, the girl he covets (a very funny Amanda Walsh) turns out to be a ravenous stalker. Full of It abandons the de rigueur hot pastels of the average high school caper in favor of distressed browns and greens, but in the end the funky style masks little more than a Pinocchio retread for the adolescent grunge set.
Christian Charles Ryan Pinkston, Kate Mara, Joshua Close, Amanda Walsh, Carmen Electra, Teri Polo, Cynthia Stevenson, John Carroll Lynch, Craig Kilborn, Alex House Jon Lucas, Scott Moore, Yoni Berkovits, Tony Dreannan, Tom Gammill, Max Pross Steve Barnett, Mark Canton New Line Cinema