Hitched
USA // Unrated // $19.99 // April 23, 2002
Review by Aaron Beierle | posted April 22, 2002
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The Movie:

Screenwriter Wesley Strick became one of the most widely known screenwriters in 1991 when he collaborated with Martin Scorsese on the director's remake of "Cape Fear". Afterwards, Strick really hasn't had the same sort of success; after writing "The Saint", he wrote "Return To Paradise" - one of those movies that falls into the Great Ones Nobody Ever Saw catagory. Strick's latest project is a straight-to-TV production called "Hitched" - a film he also directed.

It's sort of an interesting plot, but the film never really comes together very well. Sheryl Lee (who looks very different since "Twin Peaks") stars as Eve Robbins, a wife whose husband Ted (80's star Anthony Michael Hall) has gone missing. After she finds out that he's cheated on her (not once, but several times), she chains him to a post in the basement. The film then jumps into a series of flashbacks of how the two met and fell into - well, something.

One of the film's biggest flaws is the relationship as portrayed in the flashbacks. Ted is a major jerk - it's difficult to see why Eve, who seems like a smart, caring and decent woman, would even be married to this guy. The performances are also uneven; Hall's one-dimensional performance is dull - on the other hand, Lee's performance as a woman who slowly loses it is the best thing about the picture and quite entertaining.

Overall, the movie was originally broadcast on cable and plays like above-average cable-TV material. The screenplay is okay, offering a moderately compelling structure and characters - the ideas it throws out are never really examined, though. The only performance of real interest is Lee's - Hall's may be different than what he usually plays, but it's still not a engaging effort. Part of me thought this would have worked much better as a play.


The DVD

VIDEO: USA Films presents "Hitched" in the film's original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio. The picture quality is decent, but pretty unremarkable. One little bit of fuzz at about seven minutes into the picture lead me to believe that this was transfered from a tape. Still, sharpness and detail were okay; the picture looked at least decently crisp throughout, with no major softness. Flaws were noticable, but not terribly distracting: some minor pixelation and edge enhancement were apparent infrequently, while the print used remained clear. Colors were decently rendered, appearing warm, but occasionally slightly smeared.

SOUND: The stereo soundtrack was fine, with dialogue being the focus throughout; a slight score entered in nicely on occasion.

MENUS: The main menu actually offers nice film-themed animation.

EXTRAS: No supplements.

Final Thoughts: Lee's performance is the most entertaining part of the film, but it's not enough to balance out an only okay script and Hall's uninteresting performance. USA's DVD is a basic effort, with okay audio/video and no supplements. Fans of Lee may want to check it out as a rental, but most will likely and probably should pass this one by on the shelf.


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