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STUCK ON YOU

While it doesnít generate as many laughs as the hilarious KINGPIN or THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, I gotta say I still enjoyed STUCK ON YOU ($28). With its unlikely conjoined twin protagonists, STUCK ON YOU is goofy good-natured fun that pushes the fringes of bad taste in typical Farrelly Brothers fashion. Of course, in addition to its moments of tasteless humor, STUCK ON YOU has a whole truckload of heart, which makes it sweetest and seemingly the most accessible of all Farrelly Brothersí movies. STUCK ON YOU tells the story of Bob (Matt Damon) and Walt (Greg Kinnear), a pair of New England brothers, who share a liver, as well as their own successful burger joint. While Bob is shy and retiring, Walt is outgoing, something of a ladies man, as well as being the star of a number of local theater productions.

With acting in his blood, Walt decides to walk away from the restaurant business and follow his dream to tinsel town. With his Bob forever at his side, Walt heads off to Hollywood to find an agent and try his luck in the big time. As you might expect, Walt isnít greeted with open arms when he arrives in Hollywood; however, a chance meeting with Cher (doing an amusing bitchy parody of herself), leads to aspiring thespian to a bit of unexpected success- with Bob next to him every step of the way, of course. The cast of STUCK ON YOU also features Eva Mendes, Wen Yann Shih, Pat Crawford Brown, Seymour Cassel, Griffin Dunne, as well as uncredited appearances by Frankie Muniz and Meryl Streep.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has made STUCK ON YOU available on DVD in a 2.35:1 wide screen presentation that has been enhanced for 16:9 displays (a separate full screen release is also available for anyone who might care). While not the most dazzling presentation on the market, STUCK ON YOU has been given a solid transfer that produces a rather fine looking picture throughout. The image generally appears quite sharp and nicely defined, although there are some shots that are a bit softer than others. Colors are strongly rendered and solid, while producing appealing flesh tones. Blacks are pure, the whites are crisp and contrast is smooth. As for shadow detail, it is more than respectable. The film element used for the transfer appears very clean and there is little appreciable grain. Digital compression artifacts always maintain a low profile.

STUCK ON YOU comes with a better than average comedy sound mix, presented in 5.1 channels of Dolby Digital. As one might expect from this type of dialogue driven comedy, it is the musical content on the soundtrack that garners most of the benefit from the Dolby Digital encoding. Fidelity is very good, the music has a full-bodied sound, plus the filmís closing musical number is reproduced with a nice lifelike quality. Also, the music component makes better use of the full soundstage, than does any other sonic element in the mix. Outside of the music, surround usage is limited to ambient sounds, with few active effects. Dialogue is nicely rendered and always completely understandable. The bass channel has little to do, other than keeping the track grounded. French and Spanish Dolby Surround soundtrack options are also provided, as are English and Spanish subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as a few supplements. Bobby & Peter Farrelly are on hand to provide a running audio commentary, which offers some interesting tidbits, but also serves as a whoís who of friends and family appearing as extras in the movie. It's Funny: The Farrelly Formula is a sixteen-minute look at what makes a Farrelly Brothers movie a Farrelly Brothers movie. Stuck Together: Bringing Stuck On You To The Screen is a thirteen-minute "making-of" program that includes the typical interviews and look behind-the-scenes. Making It Stick: The Makeup Effects Of Stuck On You runs nine minutes and details the glue that binds Matt Damon & Greg Kinnear together. Also included are eight deleted/extended scenes, totaling eight minutes of footage, plus a seven minute Blooper Reel. A theatrical teaser, a theatrical trailer, and bonus trailers close out the supplements.

STUCK ON YOU isnít the funniest Farrelly Brothers movie to come down the pike, but it iswarm, amusing and has its own oddball charm. As for the disc, it looks and sounds very good, so if you want to get stuck on this movie, the widescreen DVD is definitely the way to go.

 

STUCK ON YOU 


Stuck On You (Widescreen Edition) (2003)

ENHANCED FOR 16:9 TELEVISIONS 


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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