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Just Friends
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 107 (Apr 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris, Julie Hagerty, Christopher Marquette, Stephen Root, Fred Ewanuick & Chris Klein

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes a three-minute gag reel, six deleted or alternate scenes with optional commentary (two of which include additional behind-the-scenes footage), nine behind-the-scenes featurettes that delve into the making of the movie, a "Jamie Smiles" music video, the theatrical trailer, DVD-ROM content, and sneak peeks. There is also a group commentary track that features director Roger Kumble, writer Adam "Tex" Davis, producer Chris Bender, co-producer Jake Weiner, and executive producers Richard Brener and Cale Boyter.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 10176
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

For sexual content including some dialogue
(Retail Price): $28.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 94
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/07/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Roger Kumble
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
What is it with the attraction to movies with skinny actors in fat suits? Anyhoo, Jamie Palamino (Smart) and Chris Brander (Reynolds) are high school best friends, but unfortunately Just Friends for Chris. Chris's weight problem has kept their friendship at the platonic level. But 10 years later, Chris is quite a catch and is traveling home for the holidays with pop star, Samantha James (Faris). But when Chris sees the girl he never forgot, all those feelings come rushing back and he's gotta make it work this time. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture looks great, with vibrant colors that are nicely balanced throughout. Images are sharp and detailed, with accurate contrast and shadow delineation. Only minor edge halos are noticed in higher contrast scenes (like objects against a snowy background), and some pixelization can be detected. (Suzanne Hodges)

Even though the Dolby