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"You Again" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Tyler Stripko

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Synopsis

Marnie (Kristen Bell) had an absolutely terrible time in high school.   As a pimply-faced, glasses-wearing introvert, she was tortured by the “cool” kids during her entire 4-year stay.  Having shed that image and grown into a successful public relations rep, Marnie has completely transformed her life.  When Marnie’s brother announces his engagement, she is shocked to learn that he is planning on marrying Joanna (Odette Yustman), the girl who made her high school days such a living hell.  Vowing to show her brother his fiancé’s true colors, Marnie will do whatever is necessary to break up the couple.  Further complicating matters is the rift that exists between Marnie’s mother Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Joanna’s aunt Ramona (Sigourney Weaver), who have a little bit of high school history themselves.

Specifications

  • Touchstone
  • 2010, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 45 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring:  Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustmann
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

I think “You Again” struck a fairly nice balance between comedy and chick-revenge flick.  Kristen Bell fit the lead role well and did a good job with the material.  I had real empathy for her character, as I think we all remember those poor souls who were tortured in the high school halls.  The interaction between Marnie and Joanna was solid but I felt that the tension between Gail and Ramona was a bit too forced.  The two characters just felt too fake to me and distracted a bit from the main plot line.  As much as I love Betty White, her role in the film felt like an afterthought and could have been better developed.   Still, the film was entertaining and would make for a good “date night” viewing.

Technical

I was really impressed with the picture quality on this disc.  Overall, the image was very natural looking.  Colors were vibrant without being oversaturated and were rendered very accurately (no funky yellowish tones on this transfer – yay!).  Contrast and black levels were excellent and the image was nice and sharp throughout.  The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack was merely average though.  While I didn’t have any trouble discerning dialogue, there was little in way of dynamics.  Even the soundtrack seemed flat and did little to “energize” the viewing experience.  Surround and LFE use was barely noticeable.

Extras

This is a 2-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, so the second disc contains a DVD copy of the film with an abbreviated list of extras.  The Blu-ray disc contains the full set of extras including deleted scenes, an on-set featurette following the director, bloopers, an “Ask the Cast” featurette, and a behind-the-scenes cast interview spoof.