Expanding their one-joke skit from US television's Saturday Night Live
, Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell are Doug and Steve Butabi, the wearers of the rayon suits and Speedo trunks who bob their heads in unison to dance music while unsuccessfully preying on women in clubs. What's funny in a three-minute piece doesn't always get funnier by expansion, but Kattan and Ferrell give it a go with fellow SNL member Molly Shannon as their ambitious neighbour. By day they work in their father's fake-plant store. By night they prowl the club scene after spraying on the cologne in their gauchely decorated bedroom. A fender-bender with Richard Grieco (playing himself) gets them into the popular club the Roxbury, but it's not all good news, as the brothers soon find themselves torn apart. Doug and Steve are pathetic but lovable, mostly due to the actors' talents for self-deprecating humour. All gifted comedians, Kattan, Ferrell, and Shannon obviously feel comfortable around each other, and their love triangle (which prompts send-ups of Say Anything
and Jerry Maguire
) is the funniest joke in this mostly lame comedy. Too bad, because it clocks in at about 80 minutes and could have run on television as a pretty good episode of SNL, which has been known to get a bit lame itself. --Shannon Gee
Steve and Doug Butabi (Will Ferell and Chris Kattan) are a pair of hopeless losers, forever dreaming that one day they will be cool enough to make the guest list of their favourite club, the Roxbury. They seem to have secured their access-all-areas pass after their car is crashed into by an ultra-cool Roxbury regular, who will grant them anything to avoid litigation. However, once they have gained entry to the hallowed venue, the pressure is on to act in a manner befitting their surroundings.