Miss March theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Trevor Moore
|Produced by||Tom Jacobson|
|Written by||Trevor Moore
|Cinematography||Anthony B. Richmond|
|Distributed by||Fox Searchlight Pictures|
|Running time||90 minutes
Unrated version: 94 minutes
Eugene (Slade Pearce) and his best friend Tucker (Remy Thorne) as kids. Tucker opens the magazine, instantly becoming obsessed with it. Three weeks later, Tucker's demeanor has changed to that of a hormone driven teenager, despite that he is only 8 years old. Fast forward ten years later, Eugene (Zach Cregger) and Tucker (Trevor Moore) are seniors in high school.
Tucker is still a huge fan of the Playboy franchise, while Eugene and his girlfriend of two years, Cindi Whitehall (Raquel Alessi) are public speakers on the subject of abstinence for younger teens. Despite this, in reality, Cindi has other plans, stating that since they have been together for two years, if she is not Eugene's first then they have big problems.
Later that night, Tucker broke into the hospital while Eugene was asleep, stating they had to leave on their trip now, as opposed to 3 days later, as Tucker had an incident involving Candace and accidentally forgetting she has seizures caused by strobe lights as a side effect of her epilepsy. Starting out on the road trip, the two are attacked by Candace's brother, Rick (Geoff Meed), and his firemen crew, but manage to escape temporarily.
They make it all the way to the Mansion only to be stopped by bouncers at the door. Moments later, several fire trucks arrived, in search of Tucker. Tucker and Eugene manage to sneak into the mansion dressed in fireman outfits. The two go in separate directions while outside, Candace forces her way into the mansion, followed up by her brother, Rick. Tucker randomly hits on several Playboy models and meets PMOY 2007 Sara Jean Underwood and makes his way to the Grotto. Eugene, in search for Cindi, is suspected of being a stalker and is taken into a secure holding area, but not before being spotted by Cindi.
Back in the holding area, Cindi comes in to see Eugene. Eugene seems disgusted to see her, claiming that she left him behind and didn't care about him, and accusing her of sleeping with countless other men. Eugene seems too distracted regardless to find Cindi. After Cindi comes out and reveals that MPEG was born without genitals, his crew pull down his pants, showing a straw sticking out where his genitals should be, confirming what Cindi said. MPEG leaves ashamed, and after Eugene and Cindi make up, Hef lets everyone back in. Eugene and Tucker find themselves in the Mansion's kitchen, and Eugene tells Tucker that Cindi is waiting upstairs for him, shades of the situation that started the whole mess in the first place. And just like 4 years previous, Tucker and Eugene take several shots together before Eugene goes upstairs, where he finally has sex with Cindi. In the unrated version, footage show Eugene and Cindi having sex. As going too fast he overexerts himself.
- Zach Cregger as Eugene Bell
- Trevor Moore as Tucker Cleigh
- Raquel Alessi as Cindi Whitehall
- Molly Stanton as Candace
- Craig Robinson as Phil aka "Horsedick Dot MPEG"
- Hugh Hefner as Himself
- Sara Jean Underwood as Herself
- Betsy Rue as Strawberrius
- Carla Jimenez as Nurse Juanita
- Geoff Meed as Rick
- Cedric Yarbrough as Doctor
- Eve Mauro as Vonka
- Alexis Raben as Katja
- Tanjareen Martin as Crystal
- Barry Sigismondi as Mr. Whitehall
- Alex Donnelley as Mrs. Whitehall
- Windell D. Middlebrooks as Bouncer #1
- Anthony Jeselnik as Director
Trevor Moore and Zach Cregger were offered the script of Miss March by Fox, and although not initially interested the idea held some appeal and they took it on as a writing exercise and made it their own. They developed the project intentionally without the involvement of Playboy. Robert Wagner was originally cast as Hugh Hefner and according to the duo he did a great job but audiences at test screenings did not react positively. Audiences already familiar with Hefner from the television series The Girls Next Door, did not connect with Wagner. "Tail between their legs" they took the film to Playboy and luckily Hefner liked what he saw and agreed to take part as well as getting Playmate of the Year 2007 Sara Jean Underwood to cameo in the film.
Miss March was poorly received by nearly all critics. Rotten Tomatoes reported that only 5% of reviewers gave the film positive reviews, based upon a sample of 76 reviews, which gave an average score of 2.5 out of 10. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 7 ('overwhelming dislike' is their assignation for this score), based upon 15 reviews as of March 17, 2009.
James Berardinelli, an online film critic, wrote about the film, saying, "This is bad. Not bad in a way that it might be fun to see when inebriated. Bad in a way from which only death provides immunity. Forget waterboarding – just show Guantanamo detainees Miss March and they'll say anything." Tom O'Neil, a critic for the Los Angeles Times, questioned as to whether the film could be the worst of 2009. CNN critic Tom Charity declared the film the worst of 2009.
On Miss March's opening weekend, the film grossed $2.4 million, which put the film in 10th place of all movies that weekend. The film grossed $4.54 million at the box office in the United States and Canada.
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it tested really great throughout [the running time] until the very end when [Wagner as] Hefner came out, and then there was just this disconnect
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