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After seeing the unrated version of THE SWEETEST THING ($28), I can say two things for certain. One, this movie is definitely a very raunchy comedy. Two, Selma Blair is very cute and an awfully good sport. Owing to the fact that THE SWEETEST THING was written by a woman, Nancy M. Pimental, I am now totally convinced that women are worse than men when it comes to talking about their sexcapades (why else would they go to the bathroom in groups?). The plot of THE SWEETEST THING concerns three single women who are enjoying life with wild abandon, while never getting close to the men they discard like soiled underwear.

The worst offender of the three is Christina (Cameron Diaz), a total babe who flaunts her looks and has left a trail of broken hearts that could probably run the entire California coastline. On a typical girls night out with her two best friends Courtney (Christina Applegate) and Jane (Selma Blair), Christina meets a guy named Peter (Thomas Jane), who isn't taken in by her obvious charms. After turning down an invitation to a bachelor party that Peter will be attending, Christina awakens with a sense of regret. After a bit of prompting from Courtney, Christina begins to think that perhaps Peter might have been Mr. Right, so she sets out on a little adventure to meet up with him again at the wedding he will be attending. The cast of THE SWEETEST THING also includes Jason Bateman, Parker Posey, Georgia Engel and John Bennett Perry.

Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has made THE SWEETEST THING available on DVD in a 1.85:1 wide screen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. This is a really terrific little transfer, which produces a clean, bright and very well defined image. Colors in general are very vibrant, yet the flesh tones remain pretty natural. There are a number of very intense hues that are perfectly rendered, without a trace of chroma noise or smearing. Blacks appear accurate, contrast is smooth and the level of shadow detail is good for this type of material. The dual layered DVD didn't betray any particularly noticeable instances of digital compression artifacts.

THE SWEETEST THING boasts a Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack with a fairly standard comedy mix. There isn't an emphasis on directional sound effects in the mix, but there are a few and they are presented in a convincing manner. The forward soundstage is the dominant hemisphere of the mix, although the surrounds hold their own with general ambience and musical fill. There is plenty of incidental music on the track, all of which is reproduced with very good fidelity. Dialogue is crisply rendered and always completely understandable. The bass channel doesn't have much to do, other than enhancing the music and keeping the rest of the sound elements from seeming anemic. A French Surround Sound track is also encoded onto the DVD, as are English and French subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the nicely designed interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some fun extras. Director Roger Kumble and performers Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, Selma Blair and Jason Bateman are featured on a running commentary track. For this raunchy movie, we get a raunchy commentary that includes helium induced funny voices and whoopee cushion noises. If you are looking for technical details on the production, you won't find them here. Politically Erect is the name of the making of featurette, while A Day In The Life Of Nancy M. Pimental is another featurette that emphasizes comedy over substance. Storyboard comparisons, a theatrical trailer, bonus trailer and filmographies close out the extras.

THE SWEETEST THING is a raunchy comedy that proves to be rather amusing. If raunchy comedy is you bag baby, then I say go for it. And, if you do, you'll probably want the unrated version of THE SWEETEST THING, instead of the theatrical cut that Columbia TriStar has also released.



The Sweetest Thing (Unrated Version) (2002)


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



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