BUENA VISTA has released one of those films that Matt LeBlanc probably wishes they’d forgotten. “REFORM SCHOOL GIRL” features LeBlanc as the boyfriend of the film’s main character, a beauty who ends up in reform school after being done wrong by many. Even though the film has a lesbian love affair and other aspects intended to be titillating, none of them titillate! Pretty much everything that happens has no subtext. It’s just a mish-mash of one undeveloped idea after another. Most surprising is that Director Jonathan Kaplan didn’t insist on an Alan Smithee credit!
While some scenes offer the potential for intriguing atmosphere, they’re never fully realized. LeBlanc isn’t bad, but he’s not given anything to do. The film’s not even bad enough to be funny. It’s just dull.
BUENA VISTA has preserved the film’s 1.33:1 ratio. It’s far below the quality typically found in a BUENA VISTA release. Colors are subdued, although contrast is fine. Darker scenes offer decent detail.
BUENA VISTA has provided a Dolby Surround 2.0 mix that while imperfect, is still better than the image quality offered. While separation effects are minimal, they’re effective when utilized. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.