January 28, 2012 3 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

A very overlooked movie, in my opinion. It goes like this…High school girl, Nicole (Reese Witherspoon) and her slutty friend (Alyssa Milano) meet two guys in a bar after school. What appears to be the man of her dreams isn’t exactly that.

Nicole’s father (William Peterson) who is the “tough, but fair” hip dad, has his doubts about David (Mark Wahlberg) to begin with. Things start out great, and all seems to be going well. There is some tension between the “mother” (Amy Brenneman) and Nicole, obviously she is not her real mother and the dad has remarried, but she is nice and caring if not a little caustic, too.

I’m getting sidetracked here. Things are progressing fairly well, until David sees one of Nicole’s school friends giving her a hug. He proceeds to beat the guy to a pulp and Nicole begins to see what a complete psycho he really is. But, being a teenager, she is young and naive. Other things start to happen, like “accidental” deaths, cars getting trashed as well as homes…

Needless to say, it all comes to a head when David and his buddies try and pay back Nicole and her family from the house thrashing that Steve (the dad) did to their house.

Overall, a very good, well-acted and directed movie. A fairly good cast and a good story as well. Check this one out.

Video: How does it look?

One of Universal’s newer releases, which means it’s presented in 16:9. Picture is nothing short of astounding.

Audio: How does it sound?

A suprisingly good 5.1 mix is supplied. There are a few songs by “Bush” that sound good and a few club scene shots that put you right on the dance floor. Dialouge is very sharp and clear.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Standard Universal…Production Notes and some cast bios and a trailer. Of course, Universal’s standard is better than say, Disney’s standard (which is essentially nothing).

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