CATEGORIES DVDsLove is in the air this week on DVD -- in all its weird permutations. First you have Ben Stiller as 'Greenberg,' a fortysomething lost soul looking for love and meaning and finding it in a most unusual place. 'Chloe' ratchets up love (and lovemaking) by throwing a wrench into a seemingly happy family in the form of an escort to test marital fidelity. Next there's 'Our Family Wedding,' a comedy that pits an African-American family against a Mexican-American family when their kids decide to get married. And lastly there's the love-hate relationship of 'The Bounty Hunter,' which pits ex-marrieds Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston against each other in a comedy about (you guessed it) a bounty hunter who has to track down his ex-wife. Read on. 'Greenberg'
What It's About: New Yorker Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller), a single, fortyish, neer-do-well with no job and no life, agrees to house-sit for his successful/married-with-children brother in L.A. in the hopes of restarting his life. He tries to reconnect with his former bandmate (Rhys Ifans) and ex-girlfriend (Jennifer Jason Leigh), but reanimating the past has its pitfalls, and Greenberg soon finds himself forging a connection with his brother's much younger personal assistant, Florence (Greta Gerwig), an aspiring singer and also something of a lost soul.
It's Kinda Like: 'Garden State' meets 'The Graduate'
What We Say: Director Noah Baumbach loves to explore the intricacies and dynamics of family relationships, particularly those that have been come to be called dysfunctional. In 'The Squid and the Whale' he dissected the antagonistic relationship between a mother and father and how it affected the kids; in 'Margot at the Wedding,' he ripped open a soured sister-sister relationship for all that it was worth. Here he focuses on an irresponsible middle-aged man still searching for himself and the meaning of life, and making a tentative stab at finding love and happiness. | Rotten Tomatoes Reviews
What It's About: In Atom Egoyan's remake of the French thriller 'Nathalie ...,' Catherine (Julianne Moore) and David (Liam Neeson) are at first glance a perfect, happily married couple, but suspicion and mistrust bubble up from below the surface. When Catherine begins to suspect David of infidelity, she hires an escort, Chloe (Amanda Seyfried), to seduce him and test his loyalty. But the plan backfires when Chloe's sexual involvement with David -- and the entire family -- begins to escalate.
It's Kinda Like: 'Fatal Attraction meets 'The Lickerish Quartet'
What We Say: Indie filmmaker Egoyan got an A-list cast for this erotic thriller that displays the acting (and physical attributes) of a beautiful cast (including Max Thieriot as the couple's son) and pumps adrenalin as if the director were channeling Brian De Palma. The film just drips and oozes sensuous beauty but begins to fall apart when the story line -- and the game played between Moore and Seyfried -- becomes a little too far-fetched and unbelievable. | Rotten Tomatoes Reviews
'Our Family Wedding'
What It's About: This clash-of-cultures comedy about two overbearing dads (Forest Whitaker and Carlos Mencia) who attempt to put aside their differences to plan a wedding for their children, Marcus (Lance Gross) and Lucia (America Ferrera), catalogs just about every mild racial slur and stereotype without really offending anyone. Which is what the filmmakers are going after -- a sit-com movie that pits African-Americans against Mexican-Americans without gunfire.
It's Kinda Like: 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' for the 21st century
What We Say: This cute idea for a film goes south shortly after the opening credits when the two dads -- who don't yet know that their respective kids are engaged -- meet cute when tow-truck company mogul Mencia tows away rich Disc Jockey Whitaker's expensive sports car: Let the animosity begin. Though the film tries to make the statement that when you marry someone, you marry their entire family, we kept hoping the lovely couple would elope and let their families stew in their respective juices. But no such luck: the wedding goes on, sweet but way too anticlimactic | Rotten Tomatoes Reviews
'The Bounty Hunter'
What It's About: A down-on-his-luck bounty hunter (Gerard Butler) gets his dream assignment when he's asked to track down his bail-jumping ex-wife, a reporter (Jennifer Aniston) investigating a murder cover-up. He's looking forward to an easy payday and sweet revenge; she just wants to get the goods on corrupt police. When she gives him the slip and he has to track her down, they find themselves on the run for their lives -- which, in these types of comedies, brings the antagonists closer together.
It's Kinda Like: 'Did You Hear About the Morgans?' meets 'Midnight Run' meets 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith'
What We Say: This is such a typical and predictable rom-com that it didn't even bother us that Butler's mumbled dialogue couldn't be understood half the time -- we could have muted the film and still figured out what was happening. Butler's such a fish out of water here that not even Aniston's cute posturings and liveliness could pump up any enthusiasm for this pair -- or the lame story line. | Rotten Tomatoes Reviews
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'The Film Noir Classic Collection Volume 5'
'Middle of Nowhere'
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