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Seat Filler
Magnolia Home Entertainment // PG-13 // February 21, 2006
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted February 26, 2006 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

It's a cute concept for a romantic comedy: pop star (Kelly Rowland, of "Destiny's Child" fame) falls for a seat filler at an awards show (Duane Martin), believing that he's an entertainment exec. As the flick opens, Derrick (Martin) and pal EJ (Deray Davis) are struggling to make in Los Angeles, with Derrick bummed that he hasn't found success as a lawyer, although he manages to talk his way out of a situation at the first meeting of seat fillers, getting a bit more respect for him and his co-workers from the boss heading up the temp hires.

At the awards show, he finds himself seated next to Jhnelle (Rowland) and, although it's not something seat fillers are supposed to do, he starts up a conversation with her and sparks fly, leading to a date, despite the fact that she thinks that he's in the industry. This leads to the expected situations - he goes with her to a fancy restaurant and when she orders the lobster ("If she gets the lobster, I ain't gonna get..."), he freaks out because he can't afford it.

Predictably, he finds out that she's just looking for a regular guy, especially after being with a boyfriend (Shemar Moore) that cares more about himself than her. While the basic concept is a fresh spin on an admittedly familiar tale, the performances do make it work better than it would otherwise. While some of the dialogue is a bit clunky, the two leads have an appealing, sweet chemistry with one another that helps the film along. There's also some satisfactory supporting performances from Melanie Brown (Scary Spice!) and Davis.

Overall, this is feather-light stuff, but it's got heart and while some of the jokes flop, some bits were actually pretty amusing. Overall, not bad.


The DVD

VIDEO: "Seat Filler" is presented by Magnolia pictures in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The picture quality is uneven, although certainly not too bad. Sharpness and detail remained adequate, as the picture appeared crisp, although never crystal clear.

Surprisingly, some noticable specks and marks were spotted on the print used, and some inconsistent grain was also spotted. Light edge enhancement was also seen on a couple of occasions, as was an artifact or two. Colors appeared natural and accurately presented, with no smearing or other concerns. Overall, a decent presentation.

SOUND: "Seat Filler" is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. The presentation is certainly a "comedy mix", with the surrounds not involved much. Audio quality is fine, with clear dialogue and music.

EXTRAS: An "all-access" featurette, 9 deleted scenes, Kelly Rowland music video/bio and promos.

Final Thoughts: "Seat Filler" stumbles here-and-there, but mostly succeeds as a pleasant, light romantic comedy that offers fine performances from its leads. The DVD boasts decent image quality, fine audio and a few minor supplements. Rent it.

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