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Smother
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05.21.2009 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Vince Di Meglio

Actors:
Diane Keaton
Dax Shepard
Liv Tyler

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An annoying mother (Keaton) moves in with her unemployed son (Shepard) and his baby-obsessed wife (Tyler).
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
And here I was cracking my knuckles, ready to rip Diane Keaton a new one for starring in a straight-to-video crapfest. But no, the Internet tells me otherwise. Smother, I learn, grossed a whole $739,000, which positions it as the 325th most successful movie of 2008, right behind something called Haebyeonui yeoin, a South Korean film from 2006.

Am I being unfair? Sure, but it’s only because I care about the career of Keaton, and to a lesser extent Liv Tyler, and to a much, much lesser extent Dax Shepard.

So, right, the plot. On the same day Noah Cooper (Shepard) gets fired from his job as a physical therapist, his mother, Marilyn (Keaton), shows up in a pumpkin costume (it’s Halloween, ya see) with her five dogs looking for a place to stay. And, no surprise, she’s a pain in the ass.

Meanwhile, his wife, Clare (Tyler), is ovulating. But, since Noah couldn’t imagine passing on the damaged Cooper seed, a subplot develops where he tries repeatedly to kill his sperm and avoid sex with his wife. Tight underwear = funny, right?

The director is Vince Di Meglio, whose best work--as a digital artist on Miss Congeniality--is far behind him. So is Keaton’s. Tyler will bounce back and Shepard can do better (see Baby Mama).

And the one star? It goes to whoever selected “The Monster Mash” for the soundtrack.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Director/Co-writer Vince Di Meglio and Producer/Co-writer Tim Rasmussen: The duo spends the duration of Smother discussing a lot of what they see onscreen and, in between bouts of silence, kiss the ass of the cast and crew.

Behind the Scenes (7:30): Interviews, on-set footage, and clips fill out this standard promotional featurette.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Smother holds a 43% on Rotten Tomatoes, a 36 on Metacritic, and a 1 on DVDClinic.com. I'll sell you my copy for $10.
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