This is a week for underachievers on the home entertainment front. The three films coming to DVD Tuesday all coulda been contenders but, for one reason or another, fell short of the mark. The video-game/graphic novel themed 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' had snappy visuals but lacked the necessary acting and script oomph to amass any big points with the younger audiences it was aimed at. 'Grown Ups' features five talented comedians going through mid-life crises and dragging us into their self-conscious, predictable and mildly humorous situations with no reward for our patience. On the other hand, 'Charlie St. Cloud' is a sweet, uplifting sentimental ode to loyalty, love and faith that, unfortunately, ends up being little more than a TV movie-of-the-week on the big screen.

'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'
What It's About: The film follows the trials and tribulations of Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), a 22-year-old slacker and bass guitarist for the Toronto garage band Sex Bob-omb who's dating a 17-year-old high schooler but falls for a mysterious American girl who roller-blades into his life. To win her hand, however, Pilgrim must fight off her seven evil exes who would rather see Pilgrim dead than relinquish their hold on her. Based on the graphic novel series 'Scott Pilgrim' by Bryan Lee O'Malley, and directed by Edgar Wright ('Hot Fuzz') as if he were creating a video game, with snazzy, eye-popping visuals and on-screen score keeping.

It's Kinda Like: 'Kick-Ass' meets 'Waking Life' meets 'Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over'

What We Say: This much buzzed-about film was a major disappointment at the box office, and with good reason: the characters are unlikable, the situations way too hokey and contrived, and the action right out of the slam-pow school of the late-60s 'Batman' TV series. And, to top it off, Michael Cera's laid-back cooler-than-thou persona is wearing a little thin right about now. That said, there are some cool special effects and, if you're keeping score on such things, tons of pop culture and video game references. This just might be the 'Showgirls' for the Millennial Generation.
• Extras: The DVD and Blu-ray versions include deleted and extended scenes, a host of featurettes, commentaries, bloopers and much, much more.
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'Grown Ups'
What It's About: Gathering to mourn the passing of their beloved basketball coach, five childhood best friends and teammates reunite at the summer lake house where they celebrated their biggest championship victory 30 years earlier. Their goal: rediscover who they used to be and prove to themselves (and the world) that grown-up men can still have fun. Adam Sandler makes it a real reunion by bringing along 'SNL' pals Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider (the fifth teammate is Kevin James).

It's Kinda Like:
'Wild Hogs' meets 'Romy and Michele's High School Reunion'

What We Say: What do big-screen comedians do when they have mid-life crises? No, they don't buy $100,000 sports cars or trophy wives. They make comedies like 'Couples Retreat,' 'Hot Tub Time Machine' or 'Grown Ups.' And they pepper the script with silly slapstick situations, low-brow comedy routines, and running gags that should have been allowed to run away. There are some funny shticks here but for the most part it's five comedians in search of a laugh.
• Extras: Behind the scenes featurettes, bloopers, commentary.
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'Charlie St. Cloud'
What It's About: Charlie St. Cloud (Zac Efron) is a small-town New England hero and an accomplished sailor who has it all: the adoration of his younger brother, the envy of his classmates, and a Stanford scholarship. But when his kid brother is killed in a car accident, he retreats into a narrow world, preferring to spend his evenings playing catch with the boy's ghost instead of moving on with his life ... until he meets his female doppleganger and falls in love. Based on the bestseller by Ben Sherwood.

It's Kinda Like: 'The Sixth Sense' meets 'Topper'

What We Say:
'Charlie St. Cloud' plays like a Hallmark Channel feature -- it hits all the right notes of sentimentality, tragedy, human understanding, and maudlin, heart-wrenching situations. The film cashes in on Zac Efron's good looks and boy-next door niceness -- this guy's almost too good to be true. There's so much purity, loyalty, love and goodness in the film that we can't believe that it takes place in a real world. But, darn it, it tugs on your heart-strings and delivers an uplifting message, which can be a welcome relief from all the snarkiness in movies these days. We'll take Zac Efron over Michael Cera any day.
• Extras: Some deleted scenes, a couple featurettes on Efron, and "The In-Between World," a nifty take on ghosts.
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Best in Blu-ray: 'Tremors,' 'Ocean's 11' (1960), 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,' 'Runnin' Down a Dream'

Other New November 9 DVD Releases:
'Antichrist' (The Criterion Collection)
'The Brazen Bull'
'Don't Look Back'
'The Dry Land'
'Elia Kazan Film Collection'
'Hunt to Kill'
'Love Ranch'
'Ramona and Beezus'
'Robin-B-Hood'
'Three and Out'
'The Trial'
'You Lucky Dog'


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