For its first inhouse feature production, Bagboy, National Lampoon has put together an interesting cast, one that will be headed up by Dennis Farina (who -- get this -- will not be playing a detective or a mobster!). Farina will be joined by Brooke Shields, Richard Kind, Paul Campbell, Marika Dominczyk, Robert Hoffman, Josh Dean, Nick Lashaway, Wesley Jonathan, Larry Miller and Jennifer Summers (who, perhaps, is playing what sounds like the best character of them all -- Serious Looking Girl). Yes, I'm serious.
If you don't recognize a lot of those names, fear not -- neither do I. Some folks, like Kind and Miller, have been around awhile and are great character actors (trust me, you might not know their names, but you know their faces.) On the other hand, Brooke Shields hasn't appeared in a successful feature film since, um ... geez, I have no idea. It's been awhile. As far as Farina goes, he's always good for a laugh (if you don't believe me, do yourself a favor and rent Midnight Run); in Bagboy, he'll be playing an ex-bagging champ who mentors our hero and shows him how to ... bag groceries really fast? Mort Nathan (Boat Trip, Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj) is directing, while the Farrelly Brothers are producing through their Conundrum Entertainment.
Now that National Lampoon is developing and producing films inhouse, I was hoping we might see some quality product leak out. After watching Christmas Vacation last night, I was reminded how long it's been since that's happened. However, I just don't feel good about this film and its lame premise -- one that was already unsuccessfully used in Employee of the Month. What do you think?