Writer/Director Michael Rauch should have taken notes while watching Stanley Tucci’s “BIG NIGHT”. “IN THE WEEDS”, set during one night in a restaurant, tries to be smart and tries to present characters that are endearing in either their familiarity or their quirkiness, but the key word here is “tries”. Rauch’s attempts in these areas, fail miserably. There are a few instances and characters that are at least vaguely compelling. (Bridget Moynahan, even with little to do, has never looked better and “almost” makes it worth watching). However, most of the characters are poorly written and some, are just so annoying and dreadful(Eric Bogosian) it makes the film harder to sit through. The two characters that bring any sense of freshness or entertainment value still can’t save the film from its own weight of sub-mediocrity and generally bad writing.
BUENA VISTA has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are more restrained than typically found in most BUENA VISTA releases, but this appears to be related to the film’s intended look for the restaurant. There are many scenes calling for a darker look and generally the detail is fine, with deep blacks and grays. Fleshtones appear natural.
BUENA VISTA has provided a Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix. “IN THE WEEDS” is mostly dialogue-driven, but there are some ambient surround effects, representing typical restaurant noise and chatter. The dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
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