Critics mainly were negative about director Ed Burns' second feature. Although not the complex look at relationships that "The Brothers McMullen" was, "She's" still has its moments. Going for more of a light look, the director's second feature still deals with relationships between brothers and family, simply a lighter look at it all, with bigger actors.
Burns still stars this time, as cab-driver Mickey Fitzpatrick. During a shift, he meets Hope(Burn's girlfriend and "McMullen" actress Maxine Bahns), who's going to the airport for a trip to a wedding in New Orleans. The two of them hit it off, and he agrees to drive her from New York. As somewhat unlikely as it is, the two leads are charming enough for us to pass by arguing about it. He comes back to the city, and his brother Francis(Mike McGlone from "McMullen") is mad that he wasn't included. His wife, Renee(Jennifer Aniston) is mad at Francis for not giving her attention. Soon enough, she will be hurt and furious for another reason, which involves...
Heather(Cameron Diaz) a girl who used to go out with Mickey and whose job to get herself through college was part of why Mickey left her. Now, she's the mistress of Francis, who's a high roller on Wall St. Meanwhile, their father (John Mahoney) thinks they're both nuts when he's not calling them "sisters".
Acting again, like "McMullen" is quite good. Look for a good turn from Amanda Peet("The Whole 9 Yards") as Renee's sister. Burns continues to be an engaging actor, and McGlone plays the jerk of a brother perfectly. Aniston, Bahns and Diaz have fine performances, and John Mahoney gets quite a few good lines as the father.
"She's The One" isn't quite the solid film "McMullen" was, but it's still good on its own terms.
VIDEO: Although there are a few exceptions where the picture stumbles, Fox's anamorphic transfer continues the studio's solid recent track record. Sharpness is very good, with only a couple of scenes slipping into slight softness. Detail and clarity are solid and never lacking. The daylight scenes on the streets of New York are particularly good looking here, with enjoyable cinematography by Frank Prinzi("The Best Man", "200 Cigarettes").
Colors are particularly strong, as well. Looking natural and nicely saturated, many scenes are beautiful looking. Flaws are pretty minor, with only some very slight, brief pixelation once or twice during the film. The print used is in very good condition, and I didn't notice any marks or other such flaws on the print used.
Not a bad presentation, aside from a few minor flaws. Like "McMullen", there is also a pan/scan version on the flip-side.
SOUND: The film's Dolby 4.0 soundtrack is offered here, and like "The Brothers McMullen", the film is mainly music and dialogue, although this time with a larger budget. The Tom Petty music that plays throughout the film sounds great, coming through with especially good clarity and warmth. The rest of it is all dialogue, which sounds clear and without problems.
MENUS:: The film's main menu has some subtle, but enjoyable animation and film-themed images.
Commentary: This is a commentary from director Ed Burns, and after "McMullen", it's another good commentary from the director, who mainly talks about the differences between going from a film that cost 25,000 dollars and 3 million. Burns doesn't talk quite as often throughout this commentary, but he still does cover nicely the same topics that he did with the "McMullen" commentary; a very informative look over what it takes to film a small-budget movie, and what it was like to step up from 25,000 dollars.
Both commentaries are quite informative and entertaining, and they are a good pair to listen to to hear about filmmaking in general, and being able to use what you've got to work with when you're making a film. Recommended for a listen.
Also: The film's trailer, an 8 minute featurette on the making of the film and the music video for Tom Petty's "Walls".
Final Thoughts: If you enjoyed "McMullen", at least try "She's The One" as a rental first. Fox's DVD is a nice edition, with enjoyable picture and audio quality, and a handful of solid extras.