And Roos does have a great bunch of talents to play with here, from greats like Kudrow, Gyllenhaal and Laura Dern, to Tom Arnold, who gives a very honest performance as an aging father. (Sarah Clarke, who was so great as the evil Nina Myers on TV’s 24, is totally wasted here.) But they’re overshadowed by a story that is unsure of what it wants to be and where it wants to go. I did like some elements of the film and, at times, found myself engrossed in what was going to happen. But as soon as I started to really get involved in a character’s journey, Roos’ words flashed on the screen, as if reminding the audience, “Hey guys, you’re watching a movie”! My advice in the future – there’s no need for constant titles, let the work speak for itself.
Making Of (1:22): This Making of Doc starts with the traditional ass kissing session, then goes to everyone explaining their characters and what they think the film is about. Lots of film footage here, with almost no on set and behind the scenes stuff. This is an advertisement, not a making of.
Deleted Scenes – With Optional Commentary (15:18): A series of 10 deleted scenes, mostly short and all lackluster. The commentary is scarce, with those long pauses that every fan loves. At one point someone states that they are embarrassed by these scenes, I couldn’t agree more. We see nothing great, we learn nothing great, a waste of time.
Gags – With Optional Commentary (4:15): This starts with outtakes of Tom Arnold telling dirty jokes at the dinner table (which range from mildly funny to lame), then goes to various scenes of people breaking up. They’re laughing, I’m not. As for the optional commentary, the three chime in a full minute late, laughing and proceed to, again, make few comments. Why have a commentary at all? (And by the way, and this goes for all of those who do commentaries, don’t just sit and watch dammit, talk!)
Montage – With Optional Commentary (2:39): At least they’re talking here! A montage of unused beginnings and endings to various scenes. The commentary is a must on this one, as the montage itself is a borefest.
There is also a Trailers section featuring CRASH, RIZE, SLIPSTREAM, A KILLER UPSTAIRS, WEEDS, and LORD OF WAR.