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Genre: Romantic Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 124 (Oct 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

Parker Posey, Melvil Poupaud & Drea deMatteo

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include up-front trailers, which are forced; Higherdefinition, which is 28 minutes of interviews with the cast and crew; and a 15-minute making of featurette.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Magnolia Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 10089
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

For sexual content, brief drug use and language
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): Not Indicated
(Theatrical Year): 2007
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/21/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Zoe Cassavettes
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Poor Nora Wilder (Posey) is thirty-something, single, and living in Manhattan. With all of her friends in happy relationships Nora sets out to dip her toes back in the dating pool, but with disappointing results. Just when she thinks her luck has all but dried up, Nora meets an eccentric, Broken English-speaking Frenchman, Julian (Poupaud), and the two share instant chemistry. When Julian tells Nora he is soon flying back to France, she is unable to communicate her deep feelings for him, and so he goes home. Will Nora

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD has a fairly limited color set, dominated by hues of brown. Details are not delivered well, and pixilation can make a mess of many scenes. Black levels are fairly deep and shadow delineation is rendered nicely. Colors can be nicely saturated, but there are times when the images can look faded. Edge enhancement is rarely a problem. (Danny Richelieu)

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