Mr. Sandman...bring me a dream....
Four "friends," Fran (Kristen Johnston, "3rd Rock from the Sun"), Gwen, Connie, and Wanda, are typical women, in that they can barely get through a sentence without slagging one of the group, equate relationships with personal worth and have the emotional consistency of warm Jell-O. Wanda win the group's award for "One of these things is not like the others," as she is the least attractive, least interesting and least successful, having recently been dumped and having lost her job. On the other hand, she's got Duane.
Duane (the Peter Krause-like Peter Hermann) is the perfect boyfriend: he's good-looking, rich, loving and excellent in other areas as well. He's got one fault though, and Wanda's friends are dying to find it. After all, how can such a drip like Wanda attract such a stud. When she explains how she found him, things just more complicated, as the explanation is completely out of left-field, and, led by the jealous Gwen, the girls refuse to believe it.
From there, the women scheme and plot to split up the loving couple, because by comparison, their own relationships look pretty bad. This effort eventually affects their sanity, before culminating in a ridiculous climax and a twist ending that is just pathetic. It's incredible that the cast and crew didn't question the way this film ended, because the beginning holds such promise. If only the more intriguing and challenging premises had been chased, instead of the more pedestrian rom-com ideas.
Perhaps the worst sin of the film, besides putting director Hal Salwen's obvious eye for camera work to waste, is the lame part handed to the truly funny Jim Gaffigan. When I saw his name in the cast, I was certain I had at least one part of the film I would enjoy. Cast entirely against type as a fitness trainer, Gaffigan doesn't deliver his usual comedy. In fact, outside of an obvious bodily fluid joke, he doesn't do much of anything funny, which is a real shame.
The sound, provided in a 5.1 and 2.0 mixes, is rather standard for an independent comedy. Truthfully, I didn't notice much difference between the two tracks, and thinking about the film, I can't imagine the need for a dynamic soundfield. The majority of the film is dialogue, with a few punches of sound effects once in a while. What is there sounds good, though one scene, which relies on an off-screen audio source, went somewhat flat, essentially killing the scene.
For some reason, the language selection menu is included among the extras, so we'll skip that, and move on to the storyboards. Seven pages are shown, which are selected from big visual moments in the film. One actually would have ruined the film's "twist" ending, so avoid this until after you view the movie.
The extras wrap up with a selection of seven full-frame trailers that include some must-see films, including Dear Wendy, Strings and Funny Ha Ha.
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