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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted February 23, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

Besides "City Slickers", "Forget Paris" is one of the few movies that I've liked Billy Crystal in. It's not a great movie by any means, but Crystal(who also wrote and directed) does have a handful of moments both comedic and dramatic that are enjoyable. Crystal plays Mickey, an NBA referee who meets Ellen(Debra Winger) when he loses his dead father, who he was taking to France by air. She's an airline executive who is called in to smooth things over with Mickey, who is understandably angry at his father being misplaced. The two have a chemistry together and instead of going back, Mickey stays in Paris...for a while.

When he goes back to start the new season, the movie starts getting a little awkward. The comedic moments actually provide a few light laughs, although the comedy frequently seems like a light version of Woody Allen. It's when the movie turns dramatic that it falls completely flat - it doesn't even move from comedy to drama that well. What does work nicely is that the film includes the friends of Mickey (Joe Mantegna, Cynthia Stevenson) talking about the story of how the couple met. It's a nice way of narrating the story and at times, is somewhat funny.

All in all though, "Forget Paris" is a simply a movie of moments. There's a good moment here and a good moment there, but overall, the story and the way it's presented just doesn't work for the length of the movie.

The DVD

VIDEO: Aside from a few small flaws that aren't really that distracting, this is an excellent anamorphic transfer from Warner Brothers. There are times when the picture looks a touch on the softer side, but for the most part, this is a crisp, clear picture that is definitely pleasing. Colors are also very strong, such as at the basketball game early in the film where the crowd's clothing has tons of bright colors. Black level is good and flesh tones are fine as well. There really isn't any problems with shimmering or pixelation, but a mark or scratch pops up every so often on the print used. There are a few scenes in Paris that are gorgeous. If it wasn't for the occasional scratch, this would be a really excellent transfer. As it is, it's just very good.

SOUND: There really isn't a whole lot to the audio with the exception of the dialogue, which is handled well by the audio. Dialogue remains clear and easily understood throughout, and occasionally the score has a nice, light presence in the background.

MENUS:: Not animated, but the score does play in the background, which is a nice touch.

EXTRAS: The trailer.

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