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Director:
Andy Fickman
Cast:
Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman, Victor Garber, Betty White, James Wolk, Kristin Chenoweth
Writing Credits:
Moe Jelline

Tagline:
What doesn't kill you ... is going to marry your brother.

Synopsis:
You Again, the nonstop laugh fest, is pure fun that features an all-star cast with comedy pedigrees - including Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver and the always outrageous Betty White. For Marnie (Bell), high school was a horror movie, and her brother's wedding is the sequel when her archrival comes back to haunt her as his bride. It's nice girl versus mean girl in this hysterical reunion with the one person Marnie would really like to forget. And if that weren't enough, Marnie's mom (Curtis) reunites with her own high school nemesis (Weaver). Complete with hilarious, never-before-seen bonus material, You Again is one crazy comedy that'll keep you laughing again and again.

Box Office:
Opening Weekend
$8.407 million on 2458 screens.
Domestic Gross
$25.677 million.

MPAA:
Rated PG

DVD DETAILS
Presentation:
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audio:
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English
Spanish
French
Closed-captioned
Supplements Subtitles:
English
Spanish
French

Runtime: 105 min.
Price: $39.99
Release Date: 2/8/2011

Bonus:
• “Following Fickman: On Set with the Director” Featurette
• “Blooper Dance Party”
• “Ask the Cast” Featurette
• “Funny or Die” Featurette
• Deleted Scenes
• Sneak Peeks
• DVD Copy of the Film


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You Again [Blu-Ray] (2010)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (January 27, 2011)

As someone who recently passed his – gasp! – 25-year high school reunion, I find it more and more difficult to remember teenage animosities. Heck, since my class graduated almost 750 kids, I don’t even recall who most of those people were, much less who I hated and why. I maintain vague recollections of folks I disliked, but it’s tough to churn more active memories.

Not everyone’s as out of touch with the past as I, though, and 2010’s You Again offers a comedic exploration of unhealed teenage wounds. Ugly duckling Marni Olsen (Kristen Bell) went through hell in high school and was happy to get out in 2002. She dolled herself up after graduation and became a VP at a PR firm.

All seems great in Marni’s world until she realizes that her brother Will (Jimmy Wolk) is about the marry Joanna (Odette Yustman), the girl who most actively made her teen life miserable. Marni struggles to get over her past pain but finds it tough – and gets a partner in crime when her mom Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis) realizes that Joanna’s aunt Ramona (Sigourney Weaver) was her high school BFF turned enemy! Wacky hijinks ensue.

When You Again succeeds, it does so virtually entirely due to its cast. This is especially true of the older women, as Weaver and Curtis deliver the vast majority of the film’s amusing moments. Both relish the broadness of their roles, and the ham it up in a delightful manner. In particular, Weaver creates an deliciously unctuous character who milks all the potential humor from her scenes.

Alas, the movie concentrates on the Marni/Joanna dynamic, and that proves to be less satisfying. I have no problem with either Bell or Yustman; both prove to be more than acceptable in their parts, and they do just fine. However, the movie follows their characters in a contrived manner that usually acts to negate the comedy. I can accept illogic from a romp like this, but the film doesn’t know how to capitalize on its potential. The actors do their best to bring out the humor, but they’re squeezing a dry sponge.

This becomes especially noticeable as the movie progresses. It actually works pretty well in its early moments, as it sets up its premise in a promising manner. Unfortunately, it can’t follow up on its opening, so after the first act, it grows more and more tedious.

Which is a shame. The movie comes with an appealing premise and as I mentioned, it boasts a nice cast. We even get a fun cameo from a major star who pops up during the first act, and there’s an even more delightful guest appearance that shows up at the end.

Unfortunately, the film’s basic concept just can’t sustain it through the lackluster attempts at comedy. Once we get past the first act, I think the cast still manages to deliver the occasional chuckle, but that’s about it. The flick quickly becomes stale and forgettable.


The Disc Grades: Picture A-/ Audio B-/ Bonus C-

You Again appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. No concerns materialized in this strong transfer.

From start to finish, sharpness looked nearly immaculate. Only the slightest hint of softness affected wide shots, and those examples occurred too infrequently to cause problems. Instead, the film looked concise and well-defined. No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and edge enhancement was absent. I also failed to detect any source flaws.

In terms of colors, the movie featured a natural palette that favored a slight golden tone. Across the board, the hues looked positive. They showed nice clarity and breadth and came out well. Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows appeared clear and smooth. I thought the movie consistently looked great.

I thought that the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of You Again seemed fine but it didn’t 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 at the rehearsal dinner; that sequence boasted lively music. 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 “B-“ but didn’t particularly impress.

A minor set of extras fills out the disc. A featurette called Following Fickman: On Set with the Director goes for seven minutes, three seconds and offers comments from Fickman as well as producer John J. Strauss, assistant property master Mark Richardson, and actors Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman, Kristen Bell, Jimmy Wolk, Sean Wing, Betty White and Kristen Chenoweth. We get thoughts about Fickman and see shots from the set. The remarks in “Following” do little more than blandly praise the director, but the behind the scenes bits are reasonably amusing, as they show the wackiness that occurred during the shoot.

Blooper Dance Party runs five minutes, 18 seconds. It shows the usual assortment of mistakes and chortling. It does emphasize dance bits shot for the film, but otherwise, it’s pretty unexceptional.

We hear from the actors during the one-minute, 22-second Ask the Cast. It features White, Weaver, Bell and Curtis. They take questions from alleged e-mailers and make this a moderately amusing little promo clip.

Under Funny or Die, we find a three-minute, two-second piece. Originally aired on that website, we get White, Bell, Curtis, Weaver and Yustman as they bicker during a promo shoot. As contrived as it is, it’s also reasonably funny.

11 Deleted Scenes fill a total of 20 minutes, 59 seconds. Most extend existing sequences, though we get some substantial additions that better develop the Ramona/Gail rivalry. I’m not sure any of these are essential, but I do wish the extra bits with Kristin Chenoweth stayed, if just because they’re pretty funny. The other pieces have their merits but don’t seem particularly memorable.

We can view the scenes with or without intros from Fickman; with those attached, the compilation occupies a total of 27 minutes, 22 seconds. During these clips, he tells us a little about the segments and lets us know why he omitted them. Fickman delivers useful content.

The disc opens with ads for I Am Number Four, Secretariat and Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure. These also appear under Sneak Peeks along with promos for Tangled, Gnomeo and Juliet, Bambi, Pretty Little Liars and Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2. No trailer for You Again appears here.

A second disc provides a DVD copy of You Again. This throws in a few extras, so it’s not a totally bare-bones rendition. For folks without Blu-ray players, it helps “future proof” their investment.

Though it never threatens to become an awful movie, You Again certainly ends up as a disappointing one. After a good first act, it quickly degenerates into a leaden collection of failed comedic beats and soppy sentiment. The Blu-ray boasts excellent visuals, acceptable audio and a small collection of supplements. The disc presents the movie well, but it can’t turn the flick into something consistently entertaining.

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