by Bret W.
The thing about Pauly Shore films is that they cannot be taken seriously, even as a comedy. Every one of his films is a showcase for his zaniness which, with all due respect to Jerry Lewis, is much akin to the out-of-control antics of Jerry Lewis in the middle of this century, which should certainly secure his position as a comedic genius among the French.
“Crawl” is a wild resident adviser who befriends Rebecca, a girl from the midwest, who is having trouble adjusting to the wild LA college scene. She undergoes a transformation from the sweet farmer’s daughter to a wild coed under Crawl’s tutelage and begins to feel much better about herself and her place on campus. She invites Crawl home for the Thanksgiving holiday when she finds that he intends to spend the holiday in the dorm alone, and her family, still reeling from the shock of seeing the new incarnation of Rebecca, face culture shock of monumental proportions when they meet Crawl.
It’s apparent that Rebecca’s boyfriend at home is intent on asking her to marry him, which scares her quite a bit, to the point that she asks Crawl to help her get out of it. Under pressure to come up with a way to stop the engagement before it starts, Crawl announces to stunned family members that Rebecca is already engaged … to Crawl. They keep up the charade, but in the end, the girl’s family come to know and love Crawl like a son, and Crawl and Rebecca become closer than just friends as well.
Son In Law is very similar to Shore’s other films, where the theme is always “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Crawl turns out to be a sensitive guy who ends up falling in love with and being loved by Rebecca and her family. It’s a fun and light-hearted film that is a breath of fresh air, and a comedy that doesn’t make you think too hard. With a lot of visual humor thrown in, Son In Law makes for a very fun viewing