Rules for Men

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Michael Vigilante (Robert Capelli, Jr.) has life at his fingertips it seems, as nothing goes wrong for him and if a problem pops up, he always has a solution at hand. He is an in demand lawyer, has written a popular novel, and even competes as a weightlifter, but his real pleasure comes from something else, the ladies. Yes, Vigilante loves to get close with the women and his luck extends to that topic, as he seduces hotties at will and has them in bed in a matter of minutes. If wants to skip a court case to have a little morning romp with a young lady, he calls in sick and never gets caught, this guy knows how to live, let me tell you. He has such control over his life that he has a system of rules, ten motions that have allowed him such a blissful existence. But he does have to deal with some strange clients, his offbeat partner (Jackie Martling), a female judge with pent up sexual feelings (Nancy Sirianni), a Mafia thug (Ken Del Vecchio), and an old flame (Christine Nagi), who he seems to be getting feelings for once again. But will Michael’s luck continue, or will he soon discover that living by his ten rules could have some consequences?

This movie was bad in every sense of the word, but in the end, that badness worked out to boost the film’s entertainment value, at least I think so. I watched this movie with a couple friends and while we agreed it was a bad movie, we all laughed a lot while it was playing, so perhaps that might be the case with you also. It is easy to see that Rules for Men was produced on a low budget, but it has some decent stars and some hilarious sequences, though some of the funniest moments are unintentionally so, I’m sure. There is one scene with a ventriloquist dummy that takes the cake and truth, my friends and I watched that sequence at least ten times, it is that hilarious. Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling, Kamal of The Jerky Boys, and Vincent Pastore (Tv’s The Sopranos) also appear and while the performances are often bad, they add even more humor to the mix, which is just fine by me. If you’re looking for a modern classic, then you’ll be let down here, but if you just want to have a lot of laughs, then Rules for Men is well worth a look. I also like the inclusion of a widescreen version (though not anamorphic) and a few extras, which makes this one easy to recommend, to those interested in such entertainment.

Video: How does it look?

Rules for Men is presented in a 1.85:1 widescreen transfer, which is not enhanced for widescreen televisions. This movie seems to have been on a shoestring budget and as such, looks pretty rough around the edges, but this image is decent enough to watch. The image is on the blurred side and isn’t too sharp at all, which isn’t helped by some compression flaws, though nothing too serious. The colors and contrast look average, but the limited resources used to shoot the film have crippled this transfer. I think most films would be scored lower if they looked like this, but given the low budget involved here, I will be a little more lenient.

Audio: How does it sound?

The included audio option is more than decent, but due to the limited resources in production, some flaws do surface. The dialogue is sometimes low and as a result, you’ll have to adjust the volume to stay in the game. This is not a serious problem by any means, but it isn’t welcome, not by any means. The music is the fullest element in the mix, though the sound effects also come across well enough in the end. Aside from the low volume at times, the dialogue is clean and well presented, at least most of the time.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes some bonus clips from Jackie Martling’s outrageous routine, but you’ll have to hunt for some of them, as they’re hidden within the menus. The hidden features are cool and not too hard to find, which should please those looking for them, to be sure. You can also view two music videos, one by The Scoldees and the other by Pilley, both of which look & sound decent enough. I would have liked a trailer or perhaps an audio commentary from Martling, but no such luck in this case, my friends.

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