Plot: What’s it about?
Spence (Jason Jurman) is a well to do recent college graduate, about to head off into law school. But he couldn’t get into Yale, so he and his friend Hogan (Warren Cole) plan to intern at a powerful law firm, in order to secure letters of recommendation. But Hogan’s desire for older women lands the two in serious trouble, when he bangs out the firm’s senior partner’s wife. Spence’s father manages to get them another chance with a new firm, run by Mr. Stack (Joe Mantegna). But again, Hogan’s lust gets the best of him and soon, he has gotten intimate with the lawyers’ wives. But this time he and Spence are smarter and since the wives want more, they form the Cougar Club, where older women can find virile young men. But when Stack and the others discover the club, what will become of Spence’s future?
Thanks to American Pie, the raunchy, sex driven comedy has been a popular genre of late. While some films have proven that breasts and lowbrow humor can work wonders, others like Cougar Club simply prove that for every good movie, there are a dozen or more pathetic imposters. I don’t mind the crude humor and I certainly don’t mind the naked women, but I do want to be entertained and this movie fails in that department. For a sex comedy, there isn’t much nudity and the laughs are infrequent, which leaves us with a lot of poor attempts to be humorous. I felt embarrassed for Joe Mantegna, having to spout these horrible lines, but the cast on the whole struggles with the weak material. If you need to see breasts this badly, watch Old School or a classic 80s sex comedy, but leave Cougar Club on the shelf.
Video: How does it look?
Cougar Club is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The print used has a little grain at times, but looks clean otherwise, as expected from such a new release. The film’s bright color scheme comes through well, while black levels seem rich and consistent also. In short, a good visual presentation, though some minor issues keep the score down a shade. This does look fine, but it just lacks the kind of refinement I expected.
Audio: How does it sound?
The mix here is your basic comedy audio treatment, which means a solid overall experience, but not a very memorable one. The included Dolby Digital 5.1 option more than covers all the bases, but this material doesn’t allow for much power or depth, though the rock soundtrack does use the surrounds often. The rest of the audio is front channel based with a few exceptions, though that seems to be effective enough. The dialogue is clear as can be, with no volume errors in the least, a solid, but unremarkable track.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes some deleted scenes, a blooper reel, some additional outtakes, and the film’s trailer.