Plot: What’s it about?
The movie starts out with Alex Whitman (Matthew Perry) walking into his office building in NYC after just getting back from months of work in Florida where he opened up a club for his company. It is Christmas time and every one in the office is a little festive and having one of those typical holiday office parties. Where the smart people don’t show up and the others get drunk so that everyone will have something to talk about the next time at work. Alex is looking forward to going to Tokyo to open up a club there when he runs into his best friend Jeff (John Tunney) who is telling him that they are going to go to Las Vegas instead and that they have a property site lined up for downtown New York when they get back. So they pack their bags and head for lost wages, I mean Las Vegas.
While in Vegas Alex goes to a Mexican restaurant and while waiting in line for the restroom he meets Isabel Fuentes. (Salma Hayek) She uses her charm to allow herself to cut into line so she can go first. She has learned to pee real fast because she has five brothers. The two hook up and three months later Isabel comes knocking on Alex’s door to let him know that she is pregnant. Alex is a little upset at the condom for not working since that is its only job. Alex agrees to go to her parent’s house where he can meet her family so that they will know who he is when Isabel tells them who the father is. On the way back to Vegas Alex gets a stroke of genius or so he thinks and asks Isabel to marry him. The two get married and off the honeymoon suite they go.
Now that they are married the ultimate question come up as to where they will live after Alex’s job is done in Vegas. Alex wants to go back to New York while Isabel wants to stay in Nevada. Things start to go downhill for the couple when Alex has a deadline to meet for the club and he starts to work really long hours and neglects Isabel. Alex and Isabel get into a fight and she leaves him to go live with her grandma in Mexico for a little while. Alex heads back to New York to start his next job and then signs start appear for him to go and find Isabel. Well does he find her and how does the story end? You will have to watch the movie to find out.
It would have been nice to have some added features for this enjoyable movie, but all you get is a trailer. The list price is $30 for this bare boned movie and I wouldn’t spend more than $15 for it. I would give this movie a rental if you are in the mood for a romantic comedy and keep from purchasing it unless you are a huge fan or can find it for cheap.
Video: How does it look?
The video looks pretty good although I did notice some grain on one of the opening scenes when the camera was panning across the desert of Nevada. Other than that the movie looks good and I didnt notice any other negative artifacts.
Audio: How does it sound?
I know you may be looking at this review and wondering why I would give this romantic comedy a rating of four and a half. Well if you have seen it on DVD or when you watch it then you will know why. When the music is played, like Elvis Presley and some other musicians, the songs sound great. The bass hits real low and very nicely. It is almost too much bass though. I had to check the subwoofer and make sure that it wasnt accidentally turned up or something. The dialogue is easy to understand and the rear speakers come into play in several scenes as well. A very good sounding DVD for just a romantic comedy, but a good one at that.
Supplements: What are the extras?
All you get here is a full frame trailer in 2.0 sound. I would have liked some added features and maybe Columbia Tri Star will since this is one of their early DVDs and they seem to be going back and doing some justice with some of their earlier movies.