In the sci-fi comedy “Lazer Team,” four small-town Texas dolts are called upon to save the Earth from alien invaders. A recipe for doom, if ever there was one.
There’s a deputy dolt (Burnie Burns), a bumbling law enforcement officer who is disrespected by everyone in the picture.
There’s a dim-bulb dolt (Gavin Free) who, with an alien helmet clamped to his head, squawks, “I think it ate my brain.” If true, it would die of starvation.
Also in the mix is a jock dolt (Michael Jones), self-centered and obnoxious. Johnny Manziel seems to have been the template for this character.
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Finally there’s a peevish dolt (Colton Dunn), seething with resentment over a long-ago sports disaster involving Burns’ character.
None of them gets along with the others.
By accident, these misfits come into possession of a trove of alien high-tech devices — a super ray gun, an impenetrable shield, boots that allow the wearer to run like the Flash and an IQ-enhancing helmet — which, when used in a coordinated fashion, can defeat the invaders from Way Out There. Which means the fractious four have to cooperate to make the gizmo ensemble work properly.
Yep, we’re doomed for sure.
Made on a slender budget by an independent production company, “Lazer Team” serves up lots of broad humor punctuated with screaming, vomiting, explosions and computer-generated special effects (plenty of ray-gun zaps and spindly blue-hued “Close Encounters”-type aliens here).
It’s all been seen before. And given that the ending leaves the door wide open for a sequel, it may be seen again. But it shouldn’t.
☆ 1/2 out of 5
Cast: Burnie Burns, Colton Dunn, Michael Jones, Gavin Free.
Director: Matt Hullum.
Running time: 1:42.
Rated: PG-13, sexual material including references, strong language, action violence, teen partying and smoking.