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R: ARCHIVE, S: MOVIES, D: 03/26/1998,

Meet the Deedles

Identical twins Stew and Phil Deedle are the surf-bum equivalent of the dimwits from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. After they get busted for skipping school on their 18th birthday, their millionaire dad ships them off to a survival camp in Yellowstone Park. Through a series of comical mishaps they end up parading around as Park Ranger rookies before running into psycho Dennis Hooper trying to steal Old Faithful on its billionth birthday.

The film is peppered with political jokes, bikini-clad babes, and fart gags, as if it couldn't decide what audience it's aiming at. As the Deedles, Steve Van Woemer and Paul Walker have the requisite good looks, but their acting abilities are confined to skateboard riding and surfer speak. There's a cool scene where they shoot the rapids on surfboards, and A.J. Langer shows promise as a fellow ranger and love interest, but like Old Faithful, Meet the Deedles predictably blows. At the Copley Place, the Fresh Pond, and the Chestnut Hill and in the suburbs.

-- Tom Meek