WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Young Danny witnesses his new stepfather murdering Steve Buscemi. Nobody believes the kid (of course) except for his dopey-ass dad. Ummm, that’s pretty much it. Don’t blame me.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Sure, it’s a good movie – for people who think those “Women’s Network” made-for-TV flicks are a bit too…harsh. DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE is entertaining only in its sheer ineptitude and slavish devotion to the hoariest movie cliches ever imagined. Travolta is his predictable overbaked self, Teri Polo redefines the word ‘vanilla’, and Vince Vaughn sleepwalks through the entire belabored affair. It's the kind of movie in which every plot point and concept is telegraphed about 45 minutes early. When our young hero runs into trouble at school, he bizarrely chooses to stow away in the back of a stranger's car, which makes it MUCH easier for the police to discount Danny's claims of murder, since he saw it while he was...stowing away in yet another person's car.
When the camera lingers on Frank's gold cigarette lighter, it's only because the damn thing's going to pop up again in Act III. This is what happens when a screenplay is written backwards…by people on ‘shrooms. It's depressing, but you could swing a soccer mom through the multiplexes and hit a half-dozen other American movies as mindless as this one. When movies like this one, DOUBLE JEOPARDY and ALONG CAME A SPIDER (all from Paramount!) stop turning a profit for the cookie-cutter movie machine, perhaps the movie-going public will earn a respite from movies as lazy, cliched and mindless as this one. This might be the longest 89-minute movie ever made.
There’s a full-length audio commentary with director Harold Becker, which is as dry and slow as the movie is unintentionally hilarious. There are also six deleted scenes, which you can watch with or without director’s commentary. These scenes are great in that their deletion made the film considerably shorter. You’ll also find a pair of storyboard comparisons and the original theatrical trailer.
Even if you somehow find yourself enjoying this one, I doubt it’s one you’ll need to add to your collection. Fans of the patented Travolta grimace may have some fun with it, but DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE is nothing more than an expensive TV flick.