Cinema: All-Around Losers

Buck wants Chuck, but you shouldn't want either of them

Chuck & Buck is amateurishly acted and glacially directed, and its story line is blithely blind to its most offensive implications. In short, you're going to be hearing a lot about this movie in the next few weeks. So what you're about to read constitutes fair warning: Don't believe the fuzzy buzz already surrounding it. Any movie that sentimentalizes stalking ought to be shunned.

The film's prime mover is Buck, played by its writer, Mike White, who was also a producer on the flop-d'estime TV show Freaks and Geeks. Buck is in his late 20s, but his development was arrested in...

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