Plot: What’s it about?
The Suburbans. Ah, those lovable scamps. In the eighties, these guys ruled the roost, with a legion of adoring fans and a number one hit, “By My Side.” But like many bands, The Suburbans were not much more than one hit wonders, and they quickly disappeared into obscurity. Flash forward eighteen years, and The Suburbans are far from being rock idols, living normal, mundane lives. But their boring lives are about to pick up a little, as one of their biggest fans has become a powerful music executive, and she wants to bring the guys back once again into the rock ‘n’ roll spotlight. Coming from the eighties, it won’t be easy for them, but the allure of stardom is reeling them in. Once the ball starts rolling, it’s obvious they don’t belong on MTV and this comeback seems to be doomed. But will they continue to push for success, or will they accept their destinies and retire with dignity?
I feel I need to address something right off the bat. Jennifer Love Hewitt is in this movie, but she doesn’t get naked and she doesn’t have any sexually driven scenes. So if you want that type of entertainment, you won’t find it here. What you will find is a decent comedy with some good performances. While this isn’t the laugh a minute type of comedy, it contains some very funny moments. I wish there was less space between these humorous segments, but there’s never a major drag time between them. While I was hoping for more with this movie, I am not disappointed with it. I recommend a rental for comedy fans, as I think you’ll enjoy the movie.
This movie features the four band members and the record executive in the leading roles, with a decent supporting cast to help with character depth. I know I will catch flack from the guys out there, but Jennifer Love Hewitt is vastly overrated. She gives a flat performance here, even worse then I expected from her, which is sad. While she may serve as eye candy for many, I prefer acting talent to along with actresses, and she just doesn’t have it. But where she fails, the actors who play The Suburbans succeed, and give the characters charm. Craig Bierko (The Long Kiss Goodnight, The Thirteenth Floor) and Will Ferrell (Dick, A Night At The Roxbury) give the best turns, providing much of the humor. Ben Stiller (Reality Bites, The Cable Guy) and Robert Loggia (Opportunity Knocks, Independence Day) also give some solid and hilarious performances.
Video: How does it look?
The Suburbans is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The disc is free from all but minor compression errors, with only some slight shimmering rising up. The colors are bright and vivid, with extreme hues, but oversaturation occurs. Black levels are correct, with accurate shadow depth and no detail loss. An excellent transfer!
Audio: How does it sound?
The disc utilizes a Dolby Digital 5.1 track, which is more than sufficient for this movie. While dialogue is king of the audio, there is a solid and full soundscape to be found here. The soundtrack kicks hard and fast, and sounds excellent here. The surrounds may not always be pounding, but they are used frequently, so you’ll notice them throughout. Dialogue is the main focus, and it is well done. The volume stays consistent, and the words are never overshadowed.
Supplements: What are the extras?
The disc is lacking here, with only production notes, talent files, and a trailer gallery included. Trailers for The Suburbans, Can’t Hardly Wait, and the two I Know What You Did movies are all on the disc.