WARNER BROS. is releasing Jamie Kennedy’s surprisingly funny comedy, “MALIBU’S MOST WANTED”. This reviewer has to admit having never liked the comedian or his “JAMIE KENNEDY EXPERIMENT” television series. With that said, the script, direction and acting in “MALIBU’S MOST WANTED” all come together in making a light, but thoroughly entertaining comedy. Kennedy plays Brad, the son of Ryan O’ Neal’s character, whom happens to be running for governor. Brad’s penchant for trying to viewed as black leads to plenty of potentially embarrassing situations. For this reason, his dad’s campaign manager has him kidnapped and taken to a “gangsta” neighborhood, hoping that this will give him the wake-up call to shed his African-American aspirations. Of course, nothing goes as predicted, and even the toughest guys have a hard time not succumbing to Brad’s humorous ability to just not get “it”.
After some irritating, “seen-this-all-before” opening scenes, and Brad’s kidnapping, the film begins to pick up its pace, and laugh quotient. And, there are some truly hilarious lines throughout the rest of the film.
WARNER BROS. has preserved the film’s 2.35:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement. It’s generally a solid, sharp picture. There are some minor artifact problems, but overall the picture is pleasing and contrast is excellent. Fleshtones appear natural.
WARNER BROS. has presented a soundmix that’s more aggressive than most any recent comedy we can think of! Throughout the film, there are many surround/directional effects, actually enhancing the comedy in key moments. Perhaps even more surprising, is the amount of .1(LFE) effects. This mix is certain to give every subwoofer a real workout. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
WARNER BROS. has thrown in some extras for this release. An audio commentary with the film’s director, Kennedy, the writers and some cast, is a blending of separate commentaries, and plays oddly at times. Someone will make a comment and where one expects some follow-up or reaction, there often isn’t one. However, there’s plenty of production info and some entertainment within.
The 2nd side of the disc offers a deleted scenes segment, wherein one can watch them with or without commentary. There’s only one scene that really stands out, however it’s more than worth sitting through the rest to find.