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Boomerang
Paramount // R // September 24, 2002
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Review by Earl Cressey | posted September 30, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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Originally released theatrically in 1992 and directed by Reginald Hudlin (House Party, Serving Sara), Boomerang is almost a who's who of black entertainers, though at the time, most were early on in their careers. The cast includes: Eddie Murphy (Marcus), Robin Givens (Jacqueline), Halle Berry (Angela), David Alan Grier (Gerard), Martin Lawrence (Tyler), Grace Jones (Strangé), Chris Rock (Bony T), John Witherspoon (Mr. Jackson), and Lela Rochon (Christie).

Marcus Graham is a highly successful advertising executive who has no problem bedding women. In search of perfection, Marcus has gone through many a female and has yet to discover one that meets his high standards. That is, until Jacqueline, his new boss, arrives during the company merger. He finds himself falling for her, though when she starts treating him the same way he's been treating women previously, his performance at work suffers. In an effort to put his career back on track, he teams up with Angela, Jacqueline's assistant and art director, to cut a new TV spot. When he realizes he cares for her, he must choose between casual sex and real love.

For the time, Boomerang certainly tried hard to be risqué and provide an honest look at the 'playa' lifestyle, though in the years since, TV shows like Sex in the City have definitely made the film more tame. The film is quite funny early on, but starts to drag towards the end, as it shifts more towards romantic drama than comedy. While Boomerang didn't launch Murphy back to the top, it did go a long way towards proving he could act, after such less than stellar films like Another 48 Hrs. and The Golden Child.

Video:
Boomerang is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The transfer has a few specks throughout, as well as some slight grain and edge enhancement, though by far the biggest fault is with the black levels. Blacks are often more gray in appearance, giving them a faded look. Colors, while vibrant occasionally, are frequently too dull.

Audio:
Boomerang is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 in English, and Dolby 2.0 Surround in English and French. The remixed 5.1 track works fine for the dialogue-heavy film, with the rears supplying background ambience. Dialogue throughout is clean and crisp, with no distortion. Optional subtitles and captions are available in English.

Extras:
The main extra on the disc is the screen-specific audio commentary with Director Reginald Hudlin. Hudlin provides a tracked full of praise for the film and his cast. While a few of his anecdotes are interesting, the majority are not, as he spends little time on the development or production of the film.

The only other extras are a batch of deleted/extended scenes, which also feature optional commentary by Hudlin. While some of them were interesting and a few humorous, it's easy to see why they were left out of the finished film.

Summary:
Filled with a great supporting cast, Murphy's Boomerang is a bit tame compared to today's more risqué sitcoms, though gets some laughs early on. Paramount has seen fit to provide a few supplements, though with a high MSRP and only a decent audiovisual presentation, this one is hard to recommend.

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