Jack Black, Colin Hanks,
Director: Jake Kasdan
Shaun Brumder (Hanks) is content
to be a bright, talented, but unfocused
surf slacker- until the day he discovers a novel by acclaimed
author Martin Skinner. Inspired, he suddenly realizes his life's
ambition: to leave behind mind-numbing
County and study
creative writing with Skinner at
University. But after
being denied enrollment due to an admissions error, Shaun is
forced to seek help from not only his girlfriend Ashley (Fisk)
but also his hopelessly dysfunctional parents (O'Hara &
Lithgow), stoner brother Lance (Black), and
a hilarious circumstances to make his dream of escaping
his hometown nightmare a reality.
was a clever film. I did enjoy the experience as the movie was
delightful and crude enough to entertain me. The magic of Colin
Hanks was exceptional, especially when paired on screen with
Jack Black. Together, Hanks and Black give birth to
Black is a master at the art of playing the elementary loser,
and this role is no different. The films down fall lies in
character focus; after awhile it becomes a little humdrum, but
that doesn’t make it a bad film; Hanks and Black handle the
material so well that I couldn't help but laugh.
is a film blessed with both fair material and a fine cast, but I
think it's the acting that takes the movie to comedic plane;
thanks to Hanks and Black.
is clever and funny, but the lines themselves aren't enough to
make this movie go much higher.
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appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this
single-sided, dual-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for
16X9 televisions. Sharpness looked crisp and well defined. No
signs of softness, the film appeared clear and distinct. I did
notice some jagged edges and edge enhancement at times, but
nothing major. I saw a few examples of specks but it was minor.
As a whole, the movie seemed
to be nicely clean and fresh. The Color featured a naturalistic
palette for the most part, and the colors appeared to be vibrant
and rich. There were no problems related to bleeding or noise.
Black levels seemed to be deep, and shadow detailed looked
appropriately heavy but not excessively thick. Ultimately,
offered a very solid picture
that looked wonderful.
is presented in a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. The soundtrack was
solid for this sort of flick. The sound field emphasized the
forward channels. The track was fairly active. Audio quality in
general appeared good; speech sounded distinct and natural. The
soundtrack demonstrated good dynamics, with a rich bass.
Overall, the audio of
supported the material well.
Extras on this disc are fairly
common. First, director Jake Kasdan and writer Mike White invite
us to listen to their commentary. On top of that, we are
presented with four deleted scenes, which account for only a
short amount of time.
Another cool extra are the 15
interstitials, which were used during Paramount's promotional
television campaign showing Jack Black and Colin Hanks doing
crazy things. These interstitials are scenes that are not
included in the final cut of the film, perhaps they were cut or
filmed exclusively to use in TV spots. Rounding up the extras on
this disc is the theatrical trailer.
Should you rent it or buy it?
As a film,
was decent. The movie boasted a good lead performance from Colin
Hanks and some boisterously entertaining scenes with Jack Black,
but the humor was too ordinary and the story seemed drab. The
DVD offered a generally good picture and sound plus a reasonable
amount of extras. Fans of
should like this DVD; it's not the greatest film, but it
certainly is well worth a rental.