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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted July 10, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

A sadly underappreciated little dark comedy, "Addicted To Love" came and went out of theaters when it was released in 1997. Starring Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick, the film boasts good performances from the two leads and some funny as well as touching moments. Broderick plays Sam, an astronomer who follows the love of his life(Kelly Preston) to New York City when he finds out that she's left him for another man.

Once in New York, he stakes out a space in the abandoned apartment across the street and begins to spy on his former girlfriend and her new boyfriend. Soon though, his space is invaded by Maggie(Ryan) a punky chick who rides a motorcycle around town. It turns out that Maggie's ex-boyfriend is the new boyfriend of Sam's girlfriend. Sam wants her back - Maggie wants revenge; the two begin to plot, raising the level of their mischief as the film goes along.

There are some occasional slow moments, but the actors are so charming that you can't help but go along with it. Ryan is, as usual, engaging and Broderick is fun as well. There's not much to the supporting roles - the two leads carry the movie well on their own. Director (and former actor) Griffin Dunne has made a funny, sweet little romantic comedy that takes some smart twists. Although we know what's going to happen at the end from early on in the film, we still don't mind the journey to get to that final destination. "Addicted To Love" is a very good movie, and deserved a wider audience in theaters.


The DVD

VIDEO: This is one of the first efforts from Warner Brothers, and although it's moderately good looking, it's not as impressive as even some of their other editions that were released around the same time. Images tend to look variably soft, although at best they do look adequately sharp. Clarity is sometimes slightly lacking in the darker scenes, and detail is good, but not great. This has never been a hugely colorful looking movie, but colors generally fare pleasantly, with the various colors of the New York City streets looking accurate. Flesh tones are problem-free, as well.

There are some noticable problems; some slight traces of pixelation that occur every so often throughout the picture; a couple of sequences look somewhat grainy as well. Neither problem is distracting enough to take the viewer out of the movie, but they are noticable at their most apparent. There is also a pan & scan version on the flip-side.

SOUND: There's not that much to the audio for "Addicted To Love"; it sticks with pretty basic presentation throughout. Surrounds are not used very often, and when they are, they receive subtle use. There could have been some additional little sounds of New York City added in; cars going by outside, etc, but I'm not sure how much of an effect it would have had. The Rachel Portman("Cider House Rules") score is a fun one; at times bouncy and vibrant and also dramatic without being overblown. There's also a few good songs on the soundtrack as well. The audio mainly comes from the front, but general audio quality is fine, sounding clean and well-recorded. Dialogue is fine as well, sounding clear and easily understood.

MENUS:: Pleasant and easily navigated menus that offer film-themed images, but no animation or other additional touches beyond the basic options.

EXTRAS:: Text notes on the cast and production as well as the trailer for "Addicted To Love".

Final Thoughts: An unremarkable DVD, but a movie good enough to at least recommend a rental.

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