It should also be said that Moore’s chemistry with brooding newcomer Matthew Goode was sweet, therefore lending some credibility to the tale at hand. I was rooting for these crazy kids! On the downside, along with the film’s blatant unoriginality, I was sorely disappointed in seeing the great Jeremy Piven holding back so much. The man is hilarious but was basically wasted here. I also wasn’t too fond of the “kooky character steals our money” subplot. Not only was the actor more annoying than fillings on tin foil, but the way that whole thing came to a close was ludicrous. I don’t know about you, but if somebody robs me...I beat the crap out of them and take my money back! I guess that doesn’t happen in PG-land. Lastly, that Sean Paul song that kept playing made me want to kill my TV and seeing Mandy Moore’s body double nude was definitely no substitute for the real thing. Come on, Mandy! Work with me here! But all in all, the film is exactly what you think it’s going to be and quite harmless to boot.
Passport to Europe (5:41): This feature had Moore bobbling out of her top and me...thanking her for it! Moore and debonair Matt Goode share their thoughts about shooting in Europe here. At the same time, they drop some travel tips into the mix (they forgot to mention this one: get the studio to pay for everything!). A safe feature with striking scenery (much like in the film) and even more gorgeous scenery in white creamy skin...I’d eat her all day....Mandy Moore.
The Roots Concert (4:16): A concert clip from the band “The Roots”, who were also featured in the film. This feature was 4 minutes and 16 seconds too long for me. Just not my type of music…like…AT ALL! Hey, at least it wasn’t Sean Paul…thank the Lord, it wasn’t Sean Paul!
Additional Scenes (8:53): I loathe when they do this. Here, we have an unknown number of deleted scenes (by me anyways...you count them) strung together into one reel. No list of the scenes at hand, no choice in what scene you want to watch-- you just take the whole thing or leave it. So I left it. The next time you want me to watch deleted scenes MR. DVD Maker, how about you give me a list of "what’s on" the menu and a choice as to what I want to watch. BOO ON YOU! NOTE: From what I did see, the deleted scenes were more of the parents bickering and the love birds courting each other.
Gag Reel (5:12): This gag reel was mostly about Jeremy Piven either mucking up or doing improvisation. He was funnier here than he was in the film, because they let him run with it. Fun stuff! The best extra on the DVD!
We also get a Theatrical Trailer for the film.