Walk of Shame (Blu-ray)

June 19, 2014 5 Min Read

Review by: Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

Like a lot of films today, I recall seeing the trailers for Walk of Shame several months back, but never got a wide theatrical release. I often tell people that it’s a small comfort to at least know that the film will likely be on disc before long. I can’t say that this was one film I was eagerly awaiting, but it at least looked semi-interesting. Not to mention that I’m a fan of Elizabeth Banks. Here she plays Meghan Miles, a reporter who is hoping to become a news anchor. She’s in something of a rut with her relationship status and her friends decide to take her out one night to have a good time. She has a few drinks too many, and goes home with Gordon (James Marsden), the two hook up and in the morning she finds herself scurrying to leave his apartment and make an important job interview. She has 8 hours to get there. Doesn’t seem like too big of a task does it? Well, Meghan’s troubles have only begun. Not only is she hung-over from the night before (she and Gordon did even more drinking at his place), but she finds that her car has been towed. She sees a cop car, and they mistake her for a prostitute, but (and in an unprecedented move) give her a one-time pass and let her off the hook. The reason for this misunderstanding is, because Meghan is wearing a slim yellow dress her friend gave her the night before. Since she has no identification on her and no money, she desperately tries to make it to her car. More trouble lies ahead when she finally arrives at the repo place. Since her purse is inside her car, she’s not allowed in it. She must make a payment first.

Admittedly, Walk of Shame is best enjoyed if you simply go with the premise and don’t overthink it. Things become just a little too silly and far-fetched at times, but the film can be a lot of fun if you are more forgiving of its paper-thin plot. Not to mention the fact that all Meghan has to do is explain her situation. I was reminded of a typical episode of the TV show Three’s Company. The film is one big misunderstanding. The fact that she doesn’t try every means possible to get a ride and get where she needs to go can also be a bit frustrating. There’s also a sub-plot with a couple of dimwitted cops that’s never as funny as the film thinks it is. Still, I enjoyed much of it and it doesn’t overstay its welcome. Banks makes for a fine lead, and the film kept me with it. It’s predictable on one hand, but there were also a lot of surprises and I was anxious to see what Meghan would encounter next. Go in with the proper expectations and you just might enjoy the flick. I’d recommend a rental.

Video: How’s it look?

The transfer is pretty much flawless. Don’t expect an overly flashy transfer, but it’s also not that kind of film. Colors are bright and sunny and provide some nice background visuals throughout the film. The print is pristine and free of flaws. Facial details and flesh tones are also spot-on. The image is AVC encoded with a 2.40:1 ratio.

Audio: How’s it sound?

The DTS HD track is nice, but don’t expect anything too robust. It serves the film as it should. Vocals were nice and clean and I noticed no issues. There are some early club scenes where the bass is turned up and we can hear background banter. This is mostly a dialogue driven film and is front-loaded. There are occasions of city noise here and there that add nice details. I feel pleased with the track. It serves the film as it should.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • Previews
  • Digital Copy

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