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Just Friends
DVD disk
03.14.2006 By: Sturdy
Just Friends order
Director:
Roger Kumble

Actors:
Ryan Reynolds
Amy Smart
Chris Klein

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A one-time dorky high school kid sheds the pounds and moves to LA after being embarrassed in front of the girl he loves. When he returns ten years later, he realizes he’s still in love with her and tries to win her over, this time trying to be more than just friends.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Not long after I sing the praises of Ryan Reynolds, I have to sit through the hit-and-miss JUST FRIENDS. It wasn’t a bad movie, but it falls so short of its potential that you find yourself frustrated throughout.

And like I’ve said before, Ryan is a funny guy. He carries movies effortlessly and professionally, but even he can’t make up for bad direction and poor performances. I liked Anna Faris’s role and I thought she provided the only non-Ryan laughs. She was a strength and she didn’t get enough screen time. Amy Smart, however, left a lot to be desired. She’s a decent enough actress, but she’s not funny and for some reason, she always looks high on drugs and worn out. The relationship between Ryan and Amy’s characters lacked motivation and I had a hard time rooting for them. And Ryan’s relationship with his little brother took a long time to get going.

But like I said, this is a comedy, so you don’t expect a well thought out plot. But I don’t feel it succeeded as a comedy either. Aside from fat-suit-Ryan singing “I Swear” in the beginning, I really didn’t laugh that often. I did like the idea of the movie however. We’ve all been in that “friend-zone” and it’s definitely a miserable place to be. I think the film would’ve been better off analyzing the intricacies of the “friend-zone” and how to break out of it, or keep from getting into it
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Roger Kumble, Adam Davis, Chris Bender, Richard Brener and Cale Boyter: Ok, Kumble, Davis and Bender like the movie and seem like they’re good friends. They’re funny, interesting and keep the commentary moving. However, Brener and Boyter are the executive producers and they don’t belong. I think they were there to make sure the other three didn’t trash the studio (which they kind of did in the deleted scenes commentary). They were worthless and didn’t seem to know much about the movie or how it was made and therefore didn’t provide much. I would’ve much rather have had the main three alone, saying whatever they wanted.

Gag reel (2:54): This whole feature was kind of a bummer. It looked like there were some really funny outtakes here, but we don’t get a chance to appreciate them. There was no sound. The only thing we hear is the score played over some supposedly funny outtakes. It was very lame and very frustrating.

Deleted/Alternate scenes (12:04): Again, no audio. I’m speechless as to why there is no audio. So watch these with the commentary. The guys do a good job of explaining why they cut the scenes, but without the audio, the scenes are worthless. However, I disagree with them about the ending. I liked the alternate ending better.

Deleted scenes - behind the scenes (5:44): This is the only way you’ll hear two of the deleted scenes. It’s basically a look at the making of two scenes. This just made me more angry because I think these scenes are funny and I would like to be able to hear them. Other than that, this feature should've been incorporated into the bigger featurette.

Behind the scenes featurette (57:09): This is an exhausting look at the making of JUST FRIENDS. At almost an hour long, it told me more than I wanted to know about the movie. It does a good job of going behind the scenes and providing insight, but again, I was bored because I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie.

There is also a Music video and some Trailers.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Overall, JUST FRIENDS was a good idea that just wasn’t executed well. Ryan Reynolds will be a star some day, but not until he gets misfires like this out of his system. Recommend renting this one if you’re desperate for a new romantic comedy, otherwise leave it alone.
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