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With: Josh Lawson, Jane Seymour, Dave Foley, Brit Morgan, Zoe Boyle, Kevin Sussman, Nat Faxton, Warren Hutchinson, Clifton Collins Jr., Adam Duritz, Olivia Munn, Denise Richards, Garret Morris, Jay Chandrasekhar
Written by: Dan Rosen, Dave Gibbs
Directed by: Dan Rosen
MPAA Rating: R for crude sexual content, nudity, language and drug use
Running Time: 77
Date: 03/19/2013

Freeloaders (2013)

1 Star (out of 4)

Mansion on a Nil

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Directed by Dan Rosen, Freeloaders is an example of lazy filmmaking. Attempts to stretch into outrageous comedy feel forced and desperate, and -- conversely -- attempts to add romance and character development feel equally forced and desperate. It feels as if the movie didn't have the courage to choose one way or the other. It could have been entirely outrageous, or dialed back and much sweeter, but instead it tries to please a wide range of viewers and ends up pleasing no one.

In Hollywood, a group of "freeloaders," Dave (Josh Lawson), Emma (Zoe Boyle), Benny (Kevin Sussman), Fritz (Nat Faxton), Trane (Warren Hutchinson), and Vic (Clifton Collins Jr.), have all been crashing at a mansion owned by singer Adam Duritz (of Counting Crows), for years. When Adam announces that he's getting married and selling the mansion, the freeloaders must either find new places to live -- which is unlikely -- or raise a pile of cash to buy the mansion themselves. With a vicious harpy of a real estate agent, Carolyn (Jane Seymour), breathing down their necks, time is running out quickly. Things get even more complicated when Dave falls for Carolyn's assistant Samantha (Brit Morgan). Can these misfits keep from becoming homeless?

Most of the movie's situations rely on stupidity or discomfort, such as Adam Durtiz's new in-laws accidentally walking into the porn shoot; none of it would feel out of place in a terrible TV sitcom. Whatever's left is given over to celebrity appearances, such as Dave Foley (who joins the freeloaders), Denise Richards, Garret Morris, or Duritz himself. Of course, it's entirely possible to make a smart comedy out of stupid characters, but Freeloaders is not that comedy.

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