Slackers, stoners and space cadets are stuck in suburbia in this dumbfest by a collection of cameos and notable offspring. The young Tom Hanks (Colin Hanks) stars as an aloof beach bum turned obsessed literary hound with newfound determination to become the next Cardinal Frosh after reading a life-altering novel by an esteemed Stanford professor. This is easier said than done while living with a disheveled alcoholic mother, a comatose stepfather, a drugged-out couch potato brother and high school friends and staff that all have the intellect of yarn. With fast-paced bonehead tricks, daring comic relief by Jack Black and random
appearances by a diverse cast including Ben Stiller, Chevy Chase, Lily Tomlin and Schuyler Fisk (Sissy Spacek's daughter), director Jake Kasdan manages to make the grade and follow in his father's footsteps.