Barefoot DVD Review
Barefoot is a
new romantic comedy film
from director Andrew Fleming (Hamlet 2, Nancy Drew) and
it has a
screenplay from Stephen Zotnowski, who is a first time screenwriter.
The film was
produced by Lisa Demetree, David Pomier, and David Scharf and has been
release by Lionsgate.
begins by introducing the audience to
Jay Wheeler (Scott Speedman), who is an over the top person in
way. Jay gets into a lot of trouble with everyone around him as well as
law. He is on probation because of numerous offenses and he has had one
thing happen over and open again. He is now working in a mental
hospital as a
janitor who mops the floors. He had a somewhat better position at the
but was reprimanded for getting in more trouble while working there.
new patient is brought into the hospital.
Her name is Daisy (Evan Rachel Wood), and Jay helps her out when
runs into some trouble. But in a manner of moments he is leaving the
and she tags along. He decides to invite her to go to his brother's
because he's without a girlfriend - he doesn't take anyone seriously.
accepts and before long she thinks they are boyfriend and girlfriend.
of Daisy begins to unfold, too. Daisy eventually tells Jay that she was
institution for hearing voices and that she had killed her mother...
why does Daisy seem so carefree and sweet hearted throughout everything
happens in the movie? Jay suspects that there might be something more
and throughout their journey he learns more about her history with her
It leads to Jay hearing from Daisy what actually happened. This all
the course of the film as they attend Jay's brother's wedding, go on a
road trip, and ultimately wind up back to their hometown with a romance
aims squarely to be a humorous, laugh-out-loud comedy in significant
and sometimes it wants to interject the comedic moments with dramatic
Unfortunately, everything about this movie seemed undercooked and
underdeveloped as a narrative and as something truly compelling for its
and characters. Perhaps the first big issue with Barefoot is
film isn't even remotely funny. The events that occur and the way the
storytelling unfolds doesn't lend itself to being that humorous and the
from both screenwriter Stephen Zotnowski and director Andrew Fleming
unpolished and quite detached.
that stood out to me is that both Scott Speedman and Evan Rachel Wood
attempting to do the best they could
with the material. Wood is especially talented, but unquestionably
given a part
unworthy of her talents here. Daisy is written as an aloof or
character. Part of this is that the screenwriter has written Daisy as
sheltered upbringing from her mother but the writing does not account
factors that a screenplay with more wit would remember to focus on..
the character feels too underdeveloped; as if part of a comedy sketch
unusual character you don't get to understand.
of Jay, on the other hand, is someone I had a hard time pinpointing or
out with regards to the script's delivered "character development" (if
you can actually call it that). It underwhelmed to see his character
take on a
prominence within the story while the script also makes Jay so
unlikeable. The supposedly romantic undertones of the film feel like a
missed opportunity, too. I don't think all audiences will root for
these two to
be together. There is not a lot to make
one think these characters belong together and this is cemented by a
that didn't develop believable characters that an audience can easily
winding up together by the concluding act.
Fleming doesn't do the greatest job as a filmmaker as the ebb and flow
film feels chaotic, messy, and unfocused. It makes the entire
experience of the
film feel uneventful even though the script, with all of its
trying to put things into an 'over-drive' mode (which is something that
be difficult to properly realize). The editing by Tara Timpone doesn't
matters. The pacing is one of the worst things about Barefoot
is at least partially due to the editing work, which feels quite
end, Barefoot feels like a by-the-numbers romantic comedy that
manage to bring successful storytelling or characterization despite two
actors who are trying their best with the material, and an unusual plot
characters who one wouldn't typically find in such romantic comedy
This film is by no means a good movie and I found the film to feel both
and poorly constructed. Unfortunately, Barefoot is
on DVD with a pretty solid
transfer that retains the film's original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The
generally strong, the clarity is decent, and the entire film has the
sheen of a
nicely produced modern production. There
are no glaring issues with compression and other artifacts.
Dolby Digital audio presentation is decent enough with some
surround activity and good dialogue reproduction. There is nothing
about the soundstage design, but it's an adequate and decently crisp
that works well for the movie.
extra on this release is the inclusion of a Digital Ultraviolet code
to be an enjoyably
lighthearted romantic comedy but it fails to muster up comedy, good
characterization, and solid storytelling. This film is a misfire that
doesn't work as it was intended. It's
enjoyable factors are found within the inherent charisma of the lead
and a nice supporting part by the great character-actor J.K. Simmons,
though he has very little screen-time in the movie. For
fans of Evan Rachel Wood, Scott Speedman, or J.K. Simmons this might be
of a rental but this film is by no means recommended.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.