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Odd Jobs Reviews

This cheerful little comedy follows five college friends who band together during summer break to form their own moving company. Told in flashback, with the five heroes giving a present-time narration, ODD JOBS opens as each young man takes on a summer job. Roy (Rick Overton) and Dwight (Robert Townsend) take jobs as caddies, while Byron (Paul Provenza) becomes involved with an evangelist who sponsors nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners. Woody (Scott McGinnis) becomes a waiter at a fancy restaurant, and Max (Paul Reiser) gets a job with a shady moving firm, the Caprizzis. Tiring of the Caprizzis' working conditions, Max leaves his job and talks his buddies into forming their own moving company. Naturally, the Caprizzis aren't thrilled with the competition and begin retaliating. Unlike so many low-budget comedies, ODD JOBS doesn't base its humor on a group of guys trying to get a peek at some naked female breasts. Rather, it couples some offbeat notions with good comic performances, and, while nothing memorable, the results are fairly enjoyable. Mark Story's direction gives this a nice energetic feeling.