I like watching small independent movies. The way the movie business
is set up today, it is very hard to get an independent movie widespread
distribution, so there are many excellent films that simply get ignored.
When an award winning film, such as All About You, finds it way
to DVD, I always have high expectation. Unfortunately they were not
fulfilled with this film.
Nicole (Renee Goldsberry) decides to forgo law school while her boyfriend,
Robbie, finishes his schooling. But when she starts talking about
marriage, she soon finds herself single. Nicole moves in with a friend,
Lisa, who lives in another town. What Lisa hasn't told Nicole, is
that she is going away for a while, and has sublet her room out.
Nicole isn't thrilled about this, but what can she do? So Brian (Terron
Brooks,) moves in, an attractive singer/songwriter. But no matter
how gorgeous, talented and patient Brian may be, Nicole is having nothing
to do with him. She's been hurt before and doesn't want a man in
her life right now. At least that is what she thinks.
I just couldn't get excited about this film. It is one of those
romantic comedies that you've seen many times before. The girl who
has had a bad experience gives up men, only to find the man of her dreams
under her nose. By the end of the first reel, you know how everything
is going to turn out. Not only was the story predictable, with everyone
but Nicole realizing that Brian is Mr. Right, it also stretched credibility
with a series of outrageous coincidences. Brian is not only Nicole's
old boyfriend Robbie's brother, but he also works in the same place that
Nicole does. I have a hard time suspending my disbelief when events
arrange themselves so neatly, in defiance of reality.
I though the movie was very cheesy in parts also. The scene where
Nicole and Brian sing a duet together was too sentimental and sappy for
Renee Goldsberry did a wonderful job as Nicole. She is cute and
bubbly and added a lot to the film. Unfortunately her acting couldn't
overcome the limitations of the predictable script.
The review copy that was sent out only had a 2.0 audio track, but it
says that a 5.1 track will be available on the retail version. The
stereo sound was nice, with good range and clear sound. There is
a lot of music in this film, and the horns sounded clean and sweet.
I imagine the 5.1 track will sound even better.
Interestingly, the DVD case indicates that you have your choice of widescreen
or letterboxed versions. Okay, first time I recall seeing that choice.
The screen that was sent out had a widescreen anamorphic picture that
was decent, if not outstanding. The colors were bright and accurate.
There was a loss of details in black areas, with people wearing black suits
looking slightly two-dimensional. The digital artifacts were present,
but only minimally. A decent transfer.
There are seven deleted scenes, most of which were deserved of being
cut. The original opening had a strong Mary Tyler Moore feel
to it, and I thought the opening they used was much better.
There is also a commentary track with writer/director Christine Swanson
and her husband, producer Michael Swanson. This was a fairly run-of-the-mill
commentary, where they talked about most aspects of the production, the
casting, location scouting etc. Worth listening to if you'd like
to learn more about the movie.
You could tell that everyone associated with this project gave it their
all, but I just didn't like it. The story was too familiar, and the
coincidences just too great. Not a bad movie, just nothing new or
original to recommend it. Rent it.