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Calendar Girl

Calendar Girl
Starring:
Jason Priestlly, Joe Pantoliano, Jerry O'Connell and Gabriel Olds


Rated: PG-13 for nudity and language.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: September 3, 1993 Released by: Columbia Pictures

It's 1962 and three teen friends, Ned, Dude, and Roy take a joy ride to look up their idol, Marilyn Monroe and ask her for a date.

Roy (Jason Priestly, of TV's Beverly Hills 90210), who is a small time bagman for a couple of goofy bookies, persuades his friends, nerdy Dude (Gabriel Olds) and quiet Ned (Jerry O'Connell) to take his dad's convertible for one last fling before he joins the Army.

The guys stat with Roy's uncle (Joe Pantoliano - The Fugitive), a part time actor and part-time bomb shelter salesman. They party a little, hit the night spots, dodge two-bit gangsters and try to find Marilyn.

Their determination - camping outside Marilyn's house, cajoling her housekeeper and following her to a nude beach (giving Priestly, quite the teen idol himself, a chance to strut his stuff) - finally pays off. One of the boys gets to take her out and the breathy beauty (the actress playing her is seen only in profile) turns philosophical as she tells him the importance of having friends.

Directed by John Whitesell and produced by Penny Marshall, Calendar Girl is a letdown.

This is supposed to be a comedy, but there aren't any laughs and the characters aren't appealing or exciting enough to hold your interest. Only diehard Priestly fans will enjoy this one.

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