It’s DVD/Blu-Ray Tuesday, which means our Film Critic Tony Toscano, joined Brittany Johnson, in the studio with more movie reviews. Today, there’s a big variety of movies coming out to DVD and Blu-Ray: ‘The Miracle Season,’ ‘Tully’ and ‘Overboard.’
The Miracle Season
Based on true events, the film tells the story of high school athlete, Caroline Found, and the West High School Trojans’ girls volleyball team. After Caroline “Line” Found dies tragically, her team must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hopes of winning the state championship.
“The Miracle Season” is not a bad film, despite its heavy handed heart tugging. The film hits all the notes it should and offers a few well paced and heartfelt moments.
William Hurt, who plays Caroline’s kind and compassionate grieving father is counterbalanced by Helen Hunt’s more direct and seemingly insensitive Coach Bresnahan. The juxtaposition of the pair seems to reflect the two sides of the grieving process.
However, that being said, the film just can’t seem to get out of second gear as it trudges along to its inevitable wet, hanky ending.
“The Miracle Season” ends up being a run of the mill sports film with a spattering of better than average moments.
It gets a C and is rated PG.
When Marlo gives birth to her third baby, her brother contracts the services of a nanny, named Tully, on Marlo’s behalf. At first, Marlo thinks of having a nanny as an unnecessary indulgence, but as the two women get to know each other better, they begin to form an unexpected bond, although their relationship is not always such smooth sailing.
“Tully” is a dark comedy about a woman at her wit’s end and beginning a downward roll into deep depression.
Her only saving grace is the young and free-thinking nanny hired to help with the load as she battles for her sanity. Her conversations, and ultimately her awakening, is at this film’s core. This beautifully written script acted impeccably by Charlize Theron is well-worth watching.
It gets a B and is rated R.
The 1987 iconic comedy gets a facelift as Anna Farris stars as a young, struggling mom who gets back at an unjust employer. This new version has so many problems in it from beginning to end that I can’t figure out how it got the green light.
These cinematic problems include virtually no on screen chemistry between the two lead actors in the movie, and the film spends too much time with long weighty dialogue and overly silly gags.
In the final reel, “Overboard” is just a very pale shadow of the original.
It gets a D and is rated PG-13.