Plot: What’s it about?
Francis (Mike McGlone) and Mickey (Edward Burns) Fitzpatrick are brothers and all, but they simply couldn’t be much more different. Francis is an ambitious, Wall Street type of person who is always interested in work, even putting it before his marriage. He seems to know just what he wants, but even he has some doubts lurking inside him. Mickey on the other hand, is more relaxed and has no clue of where he wants to go and what he wants to be. He is happy with his life as it stands and as such, sees no reason to tamper with that good chemistry. Mickey once knew love and had a woman, Heather (Cameron Diaz), he treasured, but then he came home one night to discover her and her new lover, with his buck naked hairy ass on display. Francis always jibes him about the whole “hairy ass” incident and tries to push him ahead, but Mickey seems happy just driving his cab and doing what he can. But Francis is also having problems, as he refuses to sleep with his own wife (Jennifer Aniston) and is having an affair with Heather, his own brother’s ex. Soon, Mickey meets a woman named Hope (Maxine Bahns) while driving his cab and lo and behold, the two are married less that twenty-four hours later. But with Heather on the prowl after both brothers, will either of the two marriages work out in the end?
If you’ve been looking for an excellent romantic comedy with terrific writing, then you’re in luck as Fox has released She’s The One as part of the Filmmakers’ Signature Series on Blu-ray. This film is loaded with hilarious dialogue and situations, but they all seem very realistic and possible, which is vital for a film of this ilk. A few lines seem to fall flat at times, but the success ratio is much higher than typical romantic comedies, which usually rely on formulaic lines and heavy doses of sap. This film sports a low sap factor, but some does drip into the script here and there. But this is a romantic comedy and all and as such, some sap is bound to be found. This movie is worth a recommendation even to those normally not into the genre, as the writing and performances are that sharp. I don’t often praise romantic comedies, but She’s the One deserves some acclaim. Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, and Ed Burns all deliver solid turns, not to mention the talented supporting cast. So for those interested in an above average romantic comedy, She’s the One is worth a look.
She’s The One is loaded with talent and at the helm of this talent is Edward Burns, who writes, directs, and stars in this film. This film served as Burns’ follow up to his debut effort, The Brothers McMullen and while some folks stumble in their second films, Burns comes through without a scratch. Well, maybe a couple small ones here and there, as I do feel this film is a little short of McMullen’s status. But this is still a fantastic effort and one that Burns should be praised for. Made for about three million dollars, this film looks as good as any other romantic comedy, most of which border around ten to twenty-million in cost. Burns is able to concoct a storyline much like the one in McMullen, but makes the material stays fresh and new. I am not quite as impressed with his work here, but I still love this movie and think it is an excellent sophomore film. As an actor, Burns is better in this film and is able to be more relaxed, which makes a lot of difference. This film also sports a loaded cast, with such names as Jennifer Aniston (Picture Perfect), John Mahoney (Tv’s Frasier), Mike McGlone (The Brothers McMullen), Amanda Peet (Whipped), Leslie Mann (The Cable Guy), Maxine Bahns (The Brothers McMullen), and Cameron Diaz (The Mask).
Video: How does it look?
She’s the One is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen. The movie looks great in this treatment, with a clean, film-like appearance throughout. I do think detail drops off at times, but it is always solid and is a nice improvement over the DVD. The image provides natural colors and smooth contrast, with no errors I could pick up on. In the end, a good looking visual treatment that will let fans retire the DVDs without hesitation.
Audio: How does it sound?
The DTS HD 2.0 surround soundtrack is quite good, especially in terms of the music. The music is Tom Petty and the tracks all sound superb in this presentation. The rest of the sound design is reserved, but the music provides some welcome depth to the audio, to be sure. The remainder of the audio focuses on dialogue, which is clean and clear from start to finish. So not always a bombastic soundtrack, but a good one that covers all the bases. This disc also includes Spanish and French language tracks, well as English and Spanish subtitles.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes audio comments from Ed Burns, a behind the scenes piece, the Walls music video, and the film’s theatrical trailer.