Tuesday, April 22, 2014

For Adults Only -- Two New Releases from Lionsgate Home Entertainment Worth Checking Out (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Movies for over the 20's Club!

Recently, a handful of readers reached out and asked if I would share reviews of adult films that they could watch for at-home date nights.  Like me, most readers with children, especially young ones, find themselves watching kid-approved G and PG movies most days.  But, it is nice to be able to put the kids to bed and put on a PG-13 or even Rated R movie, and snuggle up on the couch with your sweetie and enjoy a movie.  The more laughs the better, I say! :-)  I continue to share that my husband opt to have in-house date nights as the girls are still too young to really manage doing a dinner and movie date. Either Bella vomits as soon as we leave, or the girls will not stop acting out to get us to return home.  So, to prevent the babysitter calling us back the minute that we leave, we pick up a few new releases, a bottle of wine, and if we are lucky enough, some take out food, once the girls go to bed.  We find this a great way to end the week.

So, with that being said, I wanted to share two new releases with you from Lionsgate Home Entertainment, that are for adults to enjoy.  And, stay tuned for more adult-approved movies, per your request. :-)


Witty Romantic Comedy From A Writer Of TV’s “Parks And Recreation,” Arrived On Blu-Ray Disc, DVD and Digital HD April 15 From Lionsgate Home Entertainment

"Nicholas Braun (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Poltergeist), Hunter Cope (April Apocalypse) and Dakota Johnson (upcoming Fifty Shades Of Grey) star in an “uproarious” (Rolling Stone) look at an untraditional love triangle, Date And Switch, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) and Digital HD April 15 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is currently available on Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View. Written by Alan Yang (TV’s “Parks and Recreation”) and directed by Chris Nelson (Ass Backwards), the laugh-out-loud comedy stars some of film and television’s funniest actors including Nick Offerman (TV’s “Parks and Recreation,” We’re The Millers), Gary Cole (HBO’s “Veep,” Office Space), Megan Mullally (TV’s “Will and Grace”), Sarah Hyland (TV’s “Modern Family), Brian Geraghty (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”), Zach Cregger (TV’s “Guys With Kids”) and Wendi McLendon-Covey (TV’s “The Goldbergs,” Bridesmaids).

High school seniors Michael and Matty have been best friends since 3rd grade.  Still virgins, they make a pact to help each other “score” before Senior Prom.  But relationships get complicated and their mission takes an unexpected turn when Michael falls for Matty’s ex-girlfriend and Matty announces that he’s gay.

The Date And Switch Blu-ray and DVD include deleted scenes, an audio commentary with the director and two hilarious featurettes going behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew. Date And Switch will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail prices of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively. "

·         “A Tale Of Coming Out” featurette
·         “Prom: A Rite Of Passage” featurette
·         Deleted Scenes
·         Audio Commentary with director Chris Nelson and writer Alan Yang
*Subject to change

My Thoughts:

The previews of this movie reminded of other coming of age comedies like "Super Bad" and the "American Pie" franchise.  Unfortunately, none of our friends has seen or even heard of this movie, so I wasn't sure what to expect when watching it.  Because our time is usually limited once the girls go to bed, before they get up in the night for milk or a diaper change or to play bed hopping, I like to have an idea or feedback from others above movies we plan to see -- that way if is doesn't receive praise or positive reviews from those we know, then we will skip it.  But, since no one had seen it, and it was a coming of age comedy (usually filled with laughs), we decided to watch it.

Yes, this movie did have us laughing throughout, but at times we did feel like it was dragging on.  Like many coming of age movies, this one followed two friends, in this case to guys, as they set out to love their virginity before prom night.  But, there ends up being a problem with this pact, as one of the friends confesses that he is gay.  So, instead of trying to both get lucky, this movie is about Matty's friend Michael coming to terms with the news that his childhood friend is gay, and for Matty to accept this, as he has always dated girls, and ends up hooking up again with his ex, to help figure out his feelings.

I can see why many people have never heard of this movie, as it stars hopefully some up-and-coming actors.  But, I have to say that I felt old when I saw Nick Offerman and Gary Cole playing the boys' fathers, as I grew up watching these comedic actors, and loved their work. 

While I would not expect you to go rush and pick up this movie to watch, I also don't want you not to consider it if you are looking for a good comedy for date night.  It is full of laughs and has some great scenes.  But, I also feel that there are better coming of age movies that have released prior to this one.  Either way, you will find yourself laughing if you get a chance to watch this movie, and isn't that what watching a comedy is all about...the laughs. :-)


"The phrase ‘crazy in love’ takes on a whole new meaning in the unpredictable romantic comedy Barefoot, the 2014 indie theatrical release arriving on DVD (plus Digital Ultraviolet) and Digital HD April 22 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is currently available on Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View. Indie darling Evan Rachel Wood and Scott Speedman “light up the screen” (Yahoo! Voices) as a trusting hospital patient and wayward employee whose paths cross at the opportune moment in this heart-warming film about an improbable love. The film co-stars Treat Williams, Kate Burton and JK Simmons. Filled with endearing moments and plenty of heart-felt laughs, the Barefoot DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Directed by Andrew Fleming (The Craft, DickNancy Drew) and written by Stephen Zotnowski, the “sweet, funny and tender” (NYCMovieGuru.comBarefoot follows Daisy (Wood), a beautiful young psychiatric patient who’s been raised in isolation most of her life. When she meets the “black sheep” son of a wealthy family (Speedman), he takes the naive beauty home for his brother's wedding in a last-ditch effort to show his parents that he has straightened out his life. Soon after the very proper Southern family meets the unusual, yet charming Daisy, they are drawn in by her innocent views of life and quirky mannerisms. What starts as an unlikely pairing turns into the perfect match."

Evan Rachel Wood                 The Ides Of MarchAcross the Universe, HBO’s “True Blood,” HBO’s “Mildred Pierce”
Scott Speedman                     The VowUnderworld, TV’s “Felicity”
Treat Williams                         127 Hours, TV’s “Chicago Fire,” TV’s “White Collar,” TV’s
Kate Burton                             TV’s “Scandal,” TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”
JK Simmons                           ContrabandJuno, Whiplash, TV’s “The Closer”

Year of Production:              2013
Title Copyright:                     Barefoot © 2013 Barefoot Pictures LLC. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2014 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Rating:                                    PG-13 for Some Sexual Content Including References, Partial Nudity, Brief Strong Language and a Scene of Violence
Feature Run Time:               89 minutes
Type:                                      Theatrical Release
Genre:                                    Comedy; Drama; Romance; Indie     
Closed Captioned:               English
Subtitles:                               English and Spanish
Format:                                   16x9 Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio Status:                         5.1 Dolby Digital

My Thoughts:

When you say Scott Speedman the first thing that comes to mind is the hit television show, "Felicity, in which he starred opposite Kerri Russell, as her crush and then boyfriend.  Oh, how I loved this show, and would make a point to rearrange my schedule as not to miss each week's episodes.  I was in college at the time, and would always have a bunch of floor mates over to watch the show.  We had so much fun watching Ben and Felicity's romance play out.  And, while Scott Speedman has gone on to appear in "The Vow" and 'Underworld," I can't help but place him with "Felicity" when I hear his name.

After seeing the trailer above for this movie, I was eager to see the movie with my husband.  While I knew that he wasn't into romance flicks, he owed me for sitting through a handful of martial arts and action movies recently. :-)  So, after we watched "Date and Switch," of which we couldn't stop laughing, we ended our night of in-home movies with his romantic comedy.  I knew that after my husband starting watching it, he would like it...and, he did.

While the story line is one that feels like it has been played out a time or two before, I have to give it to Scott Speedman and Evan Rachel Wood for doing an amazing job at playing their characters.  They worked so well together, and made you hope that their unlikely pairing would work out.  Don't worry, I will not ruin the ending for you.

You find yourself laughing at different scenes in the movie, usually when Evan Rachel Wood's character makes a comment without thinking, or is shown experiencing something for the first time, seeing that she has lived her entire life in isolation.  Then, the scenes switch and your can't help but feel for her character and hope that she will not have to return to her sad, isolated life.

I love when a movie can pull at your heartstrings and then make you laugh, lightening up the mood.  And, this movie does just that.  Brilliant acting and a great storyline that pulls you in different directions, as you feel you are a fly on the wall watching this unlikely couple find love.

I highly recommend this PG-13+ movie for a date night flick, if you having some girlfriends over, or have older teens and want to watch a movie as a family.  Now, when I hear the name Scott Speedman, I will be adding "Barefoot" to the discussion. :-)

Disclosure:  I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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