The new DVD releases include 17 Again, The Class and I Love You, Man. You can also take a look at additional releases of interest and next week's movies on video/DVD.
August 11, 2009 - New DVD and Video Releases:
This lighthearted movie is a star vehicle for Zac Efron. The main character is Mike O'Donnell, and when we first meet him, he is a 17-year-old high school basketball star played by Efron. But his girlfriend Scarlet tells him she's pregnant, and he decides to marry her. Then fast-forward about 18 years to catch up with the adult Mike, now played briefly by Matthew Perry. Mike gets separated from his wife Scarlet (Leslie Mann) and moves in with an old pal. But Mike is magically given a second chance at being 17, and he is transformed to look like and again be played by Zac Efron.
Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes and an Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, this is a fictional French movie that feels so authentic it plays more like a documentary. The source material was a novel written by François Bégaudeau based on his teaching experience at a junior high school in an ethnically diverse working-class Paris neighborhood. In the film Bégaudeau plays a version of himself struggling through an academic year, and the students, portrayed by nonprofessional actors, give him plenty of grief. The drama is intense, but there is some humor.
Paul Rudd and Jason Segel are paired in this raunchy bromantic comedy (a humorous movie about two straight men becoming close friends). Peter Klaven (Rudd) is preparing to wed an attractive, sweet woman (Rashida Jones) when he begins to feel the need for a best buddy. He goes on some "man dates" to try to match up with another guy, but these are a disaster. But he's a real estate agent, and one day at an open house he meets Sydney Fife (Segel), who's there to eat the free food. Peter and Sydney gradually bond, particularly because both love the band Rush.