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MOVIE INFO

Director:
Michael Mohan
Cast:
Alison Brie, Lizzy Caplan, Geoffrey Arend, Mark Webber, Martin Starr, Melonie Diaz, Timothy Busfield
Writing Credits:
Jeffrey Brown, Michael Mohan, Egan Reich

Tagline:
sisters friends husbands lovers

Synopsis:
After an ill-timed and very public marriage proposal, fiercely independent Sarah (Lizzy Caplan) breaks up with her overeager boyfriend Kevin (Geoffrey Arend). Sarah turns to her sister Beth (Alison Brie) for support, but Beth is too busy obsessing over the details of her own wedding to Kevin's band mate, Andrew (Martin Starr). When Sarah suddenly finds herself caught up in an intense rebound romance with the adorable Jonathan (Mark Webber), she is forced to examine her own fears of commitment and vulnerability and decide if she s better off staying safely single or risking everything on love. By turns funny, sad, and sweet, Save The Date is a heartfelt and sincere comedy about the familial and romantic bonds that hold us together.

Box Office:
Opening Weekend
$3.755 thousand on 2 screens.
Domestic Gross
$3.755 thousand.

MPAA:
Rated R

DVD DETAILS
Presentation:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1/16X9
Audio:
English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English
Spanish
Closed-captioned
Supplements Subtitles:
None

Runtime: 97 min.
Price: $24.98
Release Date: 4/16/2013

Bonus:
• Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Michael Mohan
• Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
• Outtakes
• Music Video
• ďMaking ofĒ Mini-Comic
• Previews and Trailers


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Save The Date (2012)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (April 17, 2013)

While I find it hard to think of many movies related to weddings that donít stink, I felt 2012ís Save the Date sounded worth a look. Sarah (Lizzy Caplan) and Kevin (Geoffrey Arend) move in together, though she seems reticent to do so. An independent sort, she fears the changes that come with co-habitation.

In the face of an already spooked Sarah, Kevin pushes his luck and proposes to her in a brutally public manner. As expected, Sarah freaks and rejects the proposal Ė and Kevin, too, as she breaks up with him. Their brief co-habitation ends and they go their separate ways.

Planning for her own wedding to Kevinís bandmate/pal Andrew (Martin Starr), sister Beth (Alison Brie) tries to push Sarah back toward her ex-boyfriend. She resists, though.

While Kevin goes on tour with his band and sulks, Sarah moves on and engages in a rebound relationship. She meets Jonathan (Mark Webber) through her job at a bookstore and they quickly become hot and heavy. We follow Sarahís path to see who Ė if anyone Ė sheíll commit to in the end.

The bigger question: will we care? Speaking for myself, nope Ė I felt completely unattached to the filmís personalities and wouldnít have minded if a bomb dropped on any or all of them.

Maybe this is just the generation gap speaking, but 45-year-old me finds it tough to connect to the filmís 20-something characters. Actually, thatís a guess on the ages for the roles; the actors tend to be in their thirties, but the characters give off a mid-twenties vibe.

Whether theyíre supposed to be mid twenties, late twenties, early thirties or some other age, each and every participant in Date fails to become likable. Theyíre all just so damned self-involved that I find it awfully tough to give two hoots about their lives or what happens to them.

Perhaps the film offers a realistic depiction of people in these age brackets/circumstances. Maybe 20-somethings like Sarah, Kevin and the like are all narcissistic to the point of insufferability. I hope not, though perhaps thatís true Ė and perhaps itís always been true for folks in that age range, not just the ones born in the late 1980s.

Whether or not Date offers an accurate take on People of a Certain Age, it doesnít make for enjoyable viewing. To get through a character-oriented film, it helps to maintain some interest in those characters, but the incessant self-involvement of these people makes them fairly unlikable. We donít empathize, we donít sympathize Ė we just want them to stop their constant navel-gazing.

But they donít, and the relentless narcissism drags down Date. A character-drama with crummy characters doesnít have much potential, and nothing in the story adds much intrigue. As I mentioned, weíre supposed to wonder what Sarah will eventually do, but we donít because we donít care. Both of her suitors seem unappealing, so why worry about which sheíll choose?

I donít fault any of the actors for this, as theyíre fine in their roles. Heck, the fact the characters are so irritating probably says the performers did their jobs well. I suspect they replicated the parts as written and gave the characters just the sense of self-involvement theyíre supposed to have. (I do wonder in what universe average-looking-at-best guys like Starr, Arend and Webber can nab mega-babes like Caplan and Brie.)

I just canít find any meat here. The film offers no real substance and gives us no revelations about modern relationships. It just presents one narcissist after another, none of whom seem to comprehend just how essentially flawed they are.


The DVD Grades: Picture B/ Audio B-/ Bonus B-

Save the Date appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. This was a more than adequate SD-DVD presentation.

For the most part, sharpness looked nice. At times, wider shots tended to be a little soft, but those examples werenít terribly intrusive. Much of the film appeared pretty accurate and concise. No concerns with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge enhancement remained absent. Source flaws also failed to create problems.

In terms of colors, Date opted for a subdued palette. Hues took on a semi-brownish tone, though a few more dynamic hues emerged. The tones didnít dazzle, but they worked for the story. Blacks were deep and firm, while shadows showed good delineation. Overall, this was a reasonably pleasing presentation.

I thought that the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack of Date seemed fine but it didnít excel because of a lack of ambition. Like most comedies, the movie featured a limited soundfield that strongly favored the forward channels. It showed nice stereo spread to the music as well as some general ambience from the sides.

Panning was decent, and the surrounds usually kicked in basic reinforcement. A few scenes opened up better, though, like those on the streets or in bars. However, most of the movie stayed with limited imaging.

Audio quality appeared good. Speech was natural and distinct, with no issues related to edginess or intelligibility. Effects sounded clean and accurate, with good fidelity and no signs of distortion. Music was perfectly fine, as the score and songs showed positive dimensionality. This track was good enough for a ďB-ď but didnít particularly impress.

In the discís extras, we get an audio commentary from writer/director Michael Mohan. He offers a running, screen-specific look at the projectís origins and development, story/character subjects, editing and cinematography, cast and performances, music, the title and opening credits, sets and locations, and a few other areas.

Mohan offers a likable and unassuming chat that covers the film well. He gives us a frank discussion that touches on the necessary areas in a positive manner. Heck, he even gets into a defense of his alleged foot fetish! This is a nice commentary that makes me wish I actually liked the film itself.

Three Deleted Scenes run a total of three minutes, 32 seconds. The first shows growing pains during Sarah and Kevinís attempt to live together, while the other two give us more of Bethís bridal shower. Those last two donít add anything useful, while the Sarah/Kevin one makes the lead character seem even less likable Ė if thatís possible.

We can watch the deleted scenes with or without commentary from Mohan. He tells us a little about the scenes and lets us know why they didnít make the final cut. Mohanís notes offer some useful material.

Under Outtakes, we find a one-minute, 56-second reel. It displays a short batch of mistakes and levity. Donít expect anything interesting.

Next comes a music video for ďAccidentsĒ by the One AM Radio. Itís a low-budget mix of movie clips and recording footage that doesnít do much to entertain.

An unusual stillframe collection arrives via a Making of Mini-Comic. Created by artist/co-writer Jeffrey Brown, this tells us his perspective on the filmís creation via a series of cartoon panels. Itís an unusual behind the scenes piece Ė and kind of fun.

The disc opens with ads for Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, Price Check, Liberal Arts and On the Road. We also get a teaser and a trailer for Date.

Tedious and self-involved, Save the Date becomes a chore to watch. It focuses on a group of characters so unlikable that it becomes difficult to invest in their stories. The DVD delivers generally good picture and audio along with a small but interesting set of bonus materials. Maybe others will get something from this effort, but it leaves me cold.

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