In the Land of Women

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Carter Webb (Adam Brody) has just been dumped by his girlfriend and since not even his soft-core porno writing can ease his mind, he decides to pull up stakes. He leaves behind the sun drenched world of Los Angeles and heads to Michigan, where he plans to stay with his grandmother (Olympia Dukakis). His grandmother is certain that she is soon to die, but Carter isn’t sure if she knows what she is talking about. Once in Michigan, Carter soon meets Sarah (Meg Ryan), his grandmother’s neighbor. Sarah has cancer, not to mention an unfaithful husband, a bubbly middle-school aged daughter, and a rebellious teen daughter. As Carter gets close to Sarah and her daughters, what will he learn about them, himself, and life in general?

If you’re a fan of the Lifetime original pictures, then you should like In the Land of Women. The language is more colorful and the sex is a little more visible, but this is a Lifetime movie at heart. I expected a brisk, coming of age romantic comedy and instead, I was greeted by a total mess. This kind of subject matter is of course going to be emotional, but even by romantic cinema standards, this is too much melodrama. Lifetime loves to load up on sap and melodrama, which is just what happens here, only someone removed the “sent directly to Lifetime” label off the reels. At least Meg Ryan is solid here, which is a minor miracle, but aside from a few decent performances, this is a total washout. In the Land of Women isn’t even worth a few bucks to rent, spend your time and money on movies that at least offer some level of entertainment.

Video: How does it look?

The the Land of Women is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, with a full frame version also available on this dual sided disc. The print used is as clean as we’d expect from such a recent film, while colors look bright, natural and really stand out, but no signs of error can be seenI saw no troubles with flesh tones either, as they look natural and as for contrast, black levels appear refined and well balanced here. A solid visual effort.

Audio: How does it sound?

A basic dialogue driven mix is found here, but that proves to be enough, thanks to a more than acceptable Dolby Digital 5.1 track. I wouldn’t recommend this disc as a reference track, but the material sounds good and while surround use is not that impressive, the material never really needs it to be, so it all works out. The musical soundtrack adds some depth and enhances the presence, but outside of that, this is a conservative audio presentation. But the dialogue is crystal clear and no problems surface, so I see no need to complain on this one. This disc also includes a Spanish language track, as well as subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes no bonus materials.

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