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Fox's Breaking In Pilot Review Starring Christian Slater, Odette Yustman, and Bret Harrison

Pilot Scoop: Breaking In

I already gave you a sneak peek at Fox's Breaking In during the Winter TCAs, but let's take a closer look at the show by examining its very first episode. For my latest pilot scoop, here are a few of the comedy's pros and cons.

  • What it's about: Cameron Price (Bret Harrison) is your typical college slacker with Van Wilder syndrome. Even with seven years of schooling under his belt, he'd much rather pull pranks and hack into teachers' emails instead of actually graduating. But once high-tech security firm Contra Security hears about Cameron's talents, it's only a matter of time before they come calling. Boss Oz (Christian Slater) literally breaks into Cameron's dorm room and takes him under his wing as an intern at the company, which attempts extreme heists (think stealing cars) to win over clients.
  • Where it works: Harrison is just as charming here as he was on Reaper, and several of the quirky secondary characters show promise (I'm particularly a fan of the hovering office secretary Carol and Smallville's Michael Rosenbaum as sophomoric dimwit, Dutch).
  • Where it doesn't: The script's jokes and vocabulary often try too hard, i.e., "douche-icle" instead of cubicle and "multi-assing" instead of multitasking. Groan. Odette Yustman seems like a miscast as the requisite love interest/bad girl, and for the first five minutes of the pilot, Christian Slater appears to be doing a Jack Nicholson impression, complete with dark sunglasses and cigar.
  • Am I hooked? I wasn't in the beginning, but the show picks up steam further into the pilot. I'll probably give it at least one more go before I make a final judgment call.
  • When is it on? Wednesday, April 6 at 9:30 p.m. on Fox.

Watch a preview clip after the jump.

Photo courtesy of Fox

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