Didn't do the Deed

Milo Ventimiglia in Dirty Deeds (2005)

At West Valley High the "Dirty Deeds" challenge, a list of challenges to complete on the night before Homecoming, is legendary because whilst many have attempted to complete them only one person has succeeded. No one in their right mind would try and do them but Kyle Cummings (Wes Robinson) tired of being bullied by the jocks so says he will do them. Kyle's sister Meg (Lacey Chabert) fearing for him persuades Zach Harper (Milo Ventimiglia) to intercede and so he steps forwards in stead to take on the "Dirty Deeds" which not only means he has to contend with the jocks who want him to fail but also the cops who don't want any "Dirty Deeds" pranks spoiling their Friday night.

I have a question for you? How dirty can a movie called "Dirty Deeds" be when here in the UK the DVD has a 12 certificate. That's right not very dirty and that is what lets "Dirty Deeds" down because this movie is screaming out for crude, lewd and nude which it doesn't really deliver on. It tries to suggest things, a scene of jocks urinating into a drinking bottle and so on but it is a case of being more suggestive dirty than actual dirty and that is a shame as some of these dirty deeds are screaming out to be shown in their full dirtiness although not the meat on whole wheat with secret sauce scene.

The thing is that with out being really dirty there isn't much else to say about "Dirty Deeds" as on one hand we have the jocks trying to sabotage things, the non jocks helping out and a bit of mystery surrounding a homeless guy and a party. Yes there is Milo Ventimiglia who does a good job of playing the movie's hero and Lacey Chabert is as loveable as ever but these are not memorable characters, in fact Tom Amandes ends up more memorable as he is on the receiving end of a special sandwich.

What this all boils down to is that "Dirty Deeds" is actually a teen comedy which had potential but ends up being undone by playing it too safe and clean with not enough crude, lewd and nude going on. Despite this "Dirty Deeds" is sill kind of entertaining with a nice array of pranks to amuse and make you think about how dirty it could have got in the right hands.

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