1600 Penn

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On NBC’s 1600 Penn, Josh Gad plays sweet doofus Skip Gilchrist. Skip has been dawdling in college for seven years and is forced to move back home after a frat prank goes horribly wrong. The incident becomes national news because, for Skip, home is the White House and his father Dale, played by Bill Pullman, is the President of the United States (yes, Pullman is to the presidency, what Morgan Freeman is to God). Skip is oafish but he’s also hopelessly optimistic. “Nothing fazes you,” says Skip’s stepmother Emily (Jenna Elfman), “not even the stuff that should.” If this premise sounds familiar to you that’s because it’s basically Tommy Boy set against a farcical political backdrop. Or now that I think about it, 1600 Penn is probably closer to Black Sheep because that movie was also basically Tommy Boy but set against a farcical political backdrop. Chris Farley movies aside, 1600 Penn is energetic and worth a look-see if only for Gad.

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published: 04.19.2014
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