Too Smooth

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Danny Reilly (Dean Paras) is not a nice person, as he lies, cheats, and basically has no respect for the women he dates. He is never at a loss for new dates however, thanks to his quick tongue and profession of screenwriting. After so many broken relationships, Danny decides he may never find the right girl, but that was before he met Corey Wells (Katie Wright). Since Corey is a young actress and Dean is a screenwriter, he uses that to his advantage, to say the least. It seems he has finally fallen in love, as he can’t shake Corey from his mind, so he tries to make this one work. He can’t stop his old ways however, as he lies to Corey just like the others, no matter how hard he tries not to do so. As if his own lack of morals wasn’t enough, an old flame Renee (Neve Campbell) has returned to the scene and is determined to sabotage his relationship, no matter what it takes. So she brings in the gorgeous Jennifer (Rebecca Gayheart) to distract Danny and all the while he tries to enhance his chances with Corey, but will it all work out?

The debut film from writer/director Dean Paras, Too Smooth was first known as Hairshirt, but it was renamed for this home video release. I wasn’t expecting too much from this film, but it turned out better than expected, thanks to Neve Campbell, Katie Wright, and Rebecca Gayheart. I think Paras falters on all fronts here and really lowers the film’s impact, to be sure. I think he could have handed over the picture to a more skilled director and improved the flick, perhaps by leaps and bounds. His writing is decent enough, but his direction is weak at best and his acting, well, the less said about that, the better. But his flaws are covered by the three ladies and their performances, which are very humorous indeed. Even when the material slips into the low spots (which is often), these girls elevate it to good ends, very impressive work. I hope we don’t see too much of Paras however, as his lack of talent is more than obvious here. A flawed romantic comedy that’s saved by some good casting work, Too Smooth is well worth a rental to fans of the genre, to be sure.

I haven’t always been too fond of her work, but Neve Campbell has started to win me over, to be sure. I never cared for her earlier works, but as I’ve seen her improve over time, I have went back to those roles and been more impressed. In this film, Campbell is very energetic and fills the role very well, from the looks to the persona. I do think she is limited by the weak writing at times, but she still comes out well enough, which is nothing to scoff at. In truth, Campbell is one of the main reasons Too Smooth is even worth a look, along with her female costars. If she can make a little wiser choices in terms of roles in the future, I think Campbell will be a performer whose work I can always trust to be solid, at the least. You can also see Campbell in such films as The Craft, Scream, Wild Things, Drowning Mona, Panic, and Three to Tango. The cast also includes Dean Paras (Who Cares?), Rebecca Gayheart (Urban Legends, Jawbreaker), Katie Wright (Idle Hands, Late Last Night), and Stefan Brogen (Tv’s Degrassi Junior High).

Video: How does it look?

Too Smooth is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. This is a good looking image, although it is a little dark at times. A few scenes are just a shade too dark, but nothing too serious and since detail is never obscured, I wasn’t too distracted. The contrast is usually well balanced and more than stable, so no worries in the end. The bright color scheme comes across well, with vivid hues and no smears at all, while flesh tones remain natural also. All in all, a terrific visual treatment, free from compression errors and source flaws.

Audio: How does it sound?

The included Dolby Digital 5.1 track is very good, but this is a romantic comedy and as such, don’t expect a dynamic mix here. The elements are presented as intended however and on that basis, this mix is more than effective. The surrounds don’t remain silent throughout, as the music comes through and so do some subtle effects, though nothing to be too excited about. But it handles the material well enough and any more surround presence would have been unnatural, so no complaints in the end. The dialogue is sharp and never falters, with accurate volume levels and a good overall level of clarity at all times. This disc also includes subtitles in English, Spanish, and French, just in case you’ll need those.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes the film’s trailer, but no other bonus materials.

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