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'Invisible Kid' bares the skin Combining a science lab, bubbling green slime, a pigeon's contribution and a goofy plot with echoes of "My Science Project," "Weird Science" and "Back to the Future," writer-director Avery Crounse delivers The Invisible Kid, a teen-flick in which the comedy inspiration itself is all but invisible, too. This is a variation on that favorite teen theme, "Let's get naked." It features a dweeb who turns into a cool kid, his disloyal sidekick, a pretty blonde girlfriend, a jock and a venal gas-bag of a principal who has stolen the breakthrough formula the dweeb's dead father left as his only totally tangled legacy. Grover Dunn (Jay Underwood) tinkers with Dad's formula. Then, a passing pigeon transforms green gook into sparkling dust, which renders any consumer instantly, but temporarily, invisible. What a find! What opportunities in the girls' locker room! What a great way to undo the jock Donny Zanders (Nicolas de Toth) on the basketball floor and grab his girlfriend Cindy (Chynna Phillips)! What a lot of exclaiming over nothing! Enter Principal Baxter (John Tow-ey). Now that he has stolen the formula, he needs to pile up development capital, so he has teamed up with some bad-guy bettors and is forcing Donny the jock to shave points as Valleyville High's basketball team enters the championship finals. Meanwhile, Grover is trying to get Dad's original formula back from the nasty principal, prove his genius and make a million. That means undercover work of a special kind. Swallow the formula, strip off your clothes and do your undercover work while invisible. The kicker is that there's a time limit on invisibility, and it diminishes with each pop. Which allows for a lot of bare skin, considerable snickering and the usual number of nude jokes on a eompared-to-what theme. It's too bad that movies still have to run 90 minutes or thereabouts so we feel we've had our money's worth. "The Invisible Kid," which at 95 minutes seems to go on forever, might be quite entertaining at, say, half an hour. The Invisible Kid, written and directed by Avery Crounse, produced by Philip J. Spinel-li, with Jay Underwood, Wally Ward, Chynna Phillips, Mike Genovese, Nicolas de Toth, Thomas Cross, John Towey, at the Fleur and Westwood theaters. Taurus Entertainment-Elysian Pictures. (PG, nudity, adult situations.) Running time: 95 minutes. On a rising scale of zero to five stars:

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  1. The Des Moines Register,
  2. 09 Jun 1988, Thu,
  3. [First Edition],
  4. Page 53

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