Huck It (Columbia Music Video)

The Offspring 

Huck It (Columbia Music Video)

Finally, someone has stepped up to fill the void left by the cancellation of MTV Sports. Now we can see big rock stars, or at least The Offspring, alternate between bringing the rock and rocking the world of extreme sports. Huck It offers forty minutes of such tomfoolery, as the band members and assorted sportsmen and stunt guys skydive, soar in bikes over cars and water-ski, with all the delicious wipeouts included. The band also plays a few songs, and Noodles Wasserman even gets to take time out for a solo number. As he plays some Bach on his classical guitar, Wasserman lectures impressionable viewers on the finer points of life, touting the virtues of refreshing red wine and poetry. His favorite poet happens to be The Offspring's own Dexter Holland, whose sarcasm-laced composition "Cool to Hate" Wasserman gives a passionate, dramatic reading.

Low-tech kids who are still fiddling with clunky videotapes won't get to experience the sadistic thrill of the painful outtakes from stunts gone bad that are captured in the DVD version. The best scene in the entire movie is also a DVD-only clip, hidden in the Meet the Crew section, where Taco-Bell-employee-turned-drum-tech Chris "Lumpy" Lagerborg professes his love for The Offspring's tourmate, Silverchair. His reward is a smooch from the object of his affection, Silverchair's lead singer Daniel Johns. Those two non-stuntmen, non-Offspring band members manage to upstage everything else on Huck It, a competent, if spectacularly unspectacular, compilation of antics. For whatever it's worth, everyone involved comes off much less irritating than Dan Cortese ever did/does, but if a sequel is made, it should focus solely on Lagerborg, Johns and their forbidden love. Those two crazy kids just might make it.

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