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WSR Detailed DVD Review

Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 136 (Nov 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Lisa Kudrow, Scott Prendergast, Christine Taylor, Conchata Ferrell, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Parnell & Teri Garr

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features are limited to 25 deleted scenes and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 25776
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

For some sexual material including a crude reference and brief strong language
(Retail Price): $24.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 86
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2006
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/16/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Scott Prendergast
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Poor Leslie's (Kudrow) life has just gone Kabluey. Her husband is serving in Iraq in the National Guard Reserves when she receives a notice from her job that she must return from her leave of absence or lose her medical benefits for her family. Faced with stacks of unpaid bills and no extra money to pay for day care for her two rowdy sons, Leslie invites her brother-in-law Salman (Prendergast) to come and stay with her. But Salman has his own issues, so completely broke, he decides to take a job as a faceless blue mascot for a dying Internet company in addition to babysitting his two obnoxious nephews. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.83:1 DVD often has a digitized appearance, with compression artifacts noticeable. Solid fields of color or gray are excessively, and distractingly noisy, and occasional dirt flecks can be seen. Resolution is soft, and the picture often appears overly harsh. Black levels are rendered well, but the deepest shadows seem to be clipped. Contrast is balanced fairly well, and the brown- and green-heavy color scheme is saturated nicely. Edge enhancement is noticeable, but it is not a huge distraction. (Danny Richelieu)

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