One of the other rather stunning surprises here is the dramatic work by non other then, gulp, Ray Romano. Not to say that Romano is up there with Brando or anything, but his work as a slimy salesman here completely caught me off guard. With his ratty facial whiskers, greasy unkempt hair and salesman gleam in his eye, Romano does some very credible work here; almost reminded me of early Joe Mantegna (pre-BABY’S DAY OUT!). More towards the film’s comedic side is partner Kevin James, who is exactly the character you would expect him to be; namely Kevin James (though not all that funny!) and with the exception of another great turn by Reynolds (who is the only man who can pull off both comedy and drama in the same scene!), everyone here is fodder for the story. (And can someone please give Juliette Lewis a role other then just an annoying, whining floozy?) Will it entertain you? Probably, but is that all that is required from a film these days? (And even though the talk of various meats and BBQ secrets had me salivating, that still doesn’t make the film good!) GRILLED has a lot in common with the steaks the film’s salesmen are selling door to door – a Ribeye may have fat marbled through it, hence making it more flavorful, but a simple and less complicated steak like the New York, where excess fat can be cut off (after cooking, of course!) is not only a wiser choice, it’s a healthier one. (Just an opinion from one Barbeque-er to another!)
The Maury & Dave And The Company Featurette (15:08): A look at the making of the film, with everyone from Director Ensler to leads Romano & James. A short, but very thorough look at the film from start to finish; plus some very funny bits from both comedians and a little Reynolds hamming it up make a filling and fulfilling meal indeed!
Ray & Kevin: True Life Buddies Featurette (9:39): Would have been a total waste of a Featurette if both Romano & James weren’t so funny. (Plus very humbling to hear that both those big stars once shacked up at a Holiday Inn just like us regular folk!)
Deleted Scene: The Gormans (0:30): So short and unmemorable it didn’t even need to be included here!
There is also a Sneak Peeks section with Trailers for the films Face The Music, Getting Played, National Lampoon’s Adam & Eve and Looking For Comedy In The Muslim World.