All of Me

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Edwina Cutwaters (Lily Tomlin) has been a wealthy woman throughout her life, but she has not had a good life and as such, she desires a second chance at life. As her final moments dwindle down, she decides to allow a Tibetan priest to transfer her soul into a younger and healthier woman, Terry Hoskins (Victoria Tennant). The woman’s soul will attain the highest point of awareness and Edwina will have her new chance, seems like a perfect trade off in both cases. But when it comes time to enact the exchange, things don’t go as planned and Edwina’s soul ends up inside Roger Cobb (Steve Martin). Cobb is a lawyer who isn’t the type of person Edwina cares for and as you can imagine, sharing the same body will not be easy for them. Edwina controls one side of Cobb’s frame and he controls the other side, which makes for an interesting situation. It seems as though the priest can still make the correct transport for her soul, but can these two stand each other until then?

We all have those certain actors & directors that we follow and no matter what, we always check out their movies. In this case, I was drawn to this movie by the presence of Steve Martin and I expected a good performance and a humorous overall movie. I’d never seen this movie and that is odd, since I have passed it so many times at the rental agents and stores. But enough was enough and the time had come to check this out, which turned out to be a good idea. Martin gives a terrific performance and the laughs come strong and steady. Not always in a laugh out loud fashion, but this one is still packed with a lot of effective humor. The writing is excellent and these actors make sure it comes across well here, never slipping too much. The humor is a blend of screwball antics, visual gags, and dialogue driven jokes, which seems to be a nice selection and well balanced. If you’re a fan of Steve Martin, then this is a movie you will want to look into.

In this film, the main spotlight is shared between Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin, both of whom are terrific comedic performers. Martin shines in this film and gives one of his better turns from this time, which is a real compliment. As always, Martin is able to give his character a real texture and given some of his unique traits here, that is impressive. His work never seems like a cartoonish style, which means the character seems realistic and the humor is more effective. Martin is a true master of comedic acting and that is more than evident here. Other films that feature Martin include The Jerk, Bowfinger, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Parenthood, and Little Shop Of Horrors. Tomlin (Tea With Mussolini, Short Cuts) hasn’t been seen much of late, but she has also proved her skills as a gifted performer. The two are more than solid as single talents, but here they combine their skills to create some excellent chemistry and without that, this film would be a disaster. The cast also includes Madolyn Smith-Osborne (Funny Farm, Urban Cowboy), Richard Libertini (Fletch, Deal Of The Century), and Victoria Tennant (L.A. Story, Horror Planet).

Video: How does it look?

All Of Me is presented in a full frame transfer, which is an open matte version of the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. This is a rough transfer, but in the end it is better than previous editions and that counts for something. The print shows frequent dirt & debris, as well as scratches and that forces me to knock down the score somewhat. The colors seem a little faded on the whole, though flesh tones look warm and natural. Contrast is a little on the light side, but detail is clear and not overexposed. This looks sharper than the VHS counterpart, but I think Trimark should clean this one up and reissue this title with a better treatment.

Audio: How does it sound?

This disc uses a stereo mix and while not as dynamic as a true surround track, this one handles all the audio thrown in with no problems. I would have liked the music to sound a little richer, but it still comes across in clear form and with no distortion. The sound effects are background noise on the whole, so the lack of surround use isn’t missed in the least. The dialogue is what counts and it sounds excellent, no issues at all to report on. This disc also includes subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This includes some talent files and the film’s theatrical trailer. As always, Trimark has also stuffed on some bonus trailers for other titles.

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