Featured In Issue 145, December 2009

WSR Score2
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Buena Vista Home Entertainment
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For language, sexual references, and some drug use.
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Mike Judge
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Joel Reynolds (Bateman) is sitting pretty. With a beautiful wife, a comfortable home, and the almost-finalized acquisition by General Mills of the culinary extracts business he has built with his loyal lieutenant Brian (Simmons), Joel seems to have it all. Except his wife is about as interested in him as she is in her career (supermarket coupon design), his employees want a piece of the pie, and the sweet young thing with designs on him (Kunis) is really a wily con-artist. On the advice of a drug-addled confidante (Affleck), Joel cooks up a scheme to cheat with impunity by hiring a gigolo to seduce his wife—only to discover the young object of his affection is behind a lawsuit by long-time employee Step (Collins, Jr.) that will scotch the General Mills deal and leave Joel penniless. The best-laid plans unravel with hilarious results in this off-the-wall comedy about life in the not-so-fast lane. (Tricia Spears)

Special features include the featurette Mike Judge's Secret Recipe (HD 10:48), extended scenes (HD 04:29), a deleted scene, sneak peeks, and up-front ads.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture is pleasing, with a natural color palette and hues that exhibit warmth and, at times, vibrancy. Fleshtones appear accurate throughout. Contrast is generally good, with good shadow delineation and blacks. Resolution is revealing of fine facial features and object textures, resulting in a generally sharp picture. Overall this is a nicely photographed picture that conveys a natural realism. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is monaural focused, with production sound dialogue and ADR. Spatial integration is generally good, with the stereo channels serving to provide atmospheric integration for the scenes. The music score is nicely recorded and very forward-sounding when present. But surround envelopment is limited to the music and atmospheric sound effects, and when present, is generally subdued. This is a conventional soundtrack that just services the storytelling and situations but is not particularly engaging. (Gary Reber)