Judge Brett Cullum loves these women, but hates this movie.
"Two scoops of crazy with a side of coo-coo-cachoo."—Georgia
Oh man, this seemed like a comedy dream team, and I really wanted to like this one. Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Jamie Lee Curtis (A Fish Called Wanda), Sigourney Weaver (Galaxy Quest), and Betty White (The Golden Girls) all share the same screen, and get to bring the funny. What could be better? Unfortunately somebody brought them a mean-spirited script that recalled the decidedly unfunny Bride Wars more than any comedy classics starring strong women. Yep, here we have a petty movie about a girl out to ruin another girl's wedding. When is Hollywood going to learn this just isn't a very appealing idea? I mean, come on. Julia Roberts came off looking like an insane monster in My Best Friend's Wedding, and only Rupert Everett saved that one. Here there is no gay guy to dig them out of their mean girl holes, and so You Again suffers from a great cast left with nothing nice to do.
Facts of the Case
For poor Marnie (Bell), high school was sheer torture thanks to mean girl Joanna (Odette Yustman, Cloverfield). But somehow she survived, and grew up to be a pretty and successful public relations guru. But when she learns that her big brother now has plans to marry Joanna, Marnie is instantly reminded of all the pain she went through. Her mom (Curtis) turns out to have a similar rivalry with Joanna's aunt (Weaver). And so the bride-to-be and her family are about to come under attack by a mother and daughter who decide to get all freaky before the Friday wedding. Oh and for good measure, Betty White shows up as the grandmother who seems to want to flirt with everybody's guy. Let the hilarity ensue!
There's nothing funny here that doesn't come from the idea of these actors being cast in a comedy about rivals. It's fun to see blonde Bell take on brunette Yustman, and even more giggle inducing to see Curtis take on Weaver. But the bad news is their fights are watered down with attempts at saccharine emotional scenes that try to send a message about the importance of forgiveness for past sins. Blech! All of this is tied in to the idea that an old nemesis from high school remains an enemy as an adult. Or that indeed nobody's roles change from the adolescent years. Gack! All I want to see is a cat fight with the woman who took on a serial killer at the end of October take on the lady who took out an alien queen on another planet. Unfortunately what we get is a morality play about four women who can't let go of what happened at the senior prom. Ugh!
The other problem with this film is that it is way too predictable at every turn. If you didn't see the next gag coming then you are deaf and blind, or haven't seen a lackluster studio comedy in the last thirty years. Treehouses fall from trees, people get pushed into pools, and Betty White is a potty mouth. Nothing new to see here, and that's a shame given the game and novel cast. Do we need to see Jamie Lee Curtis struggle with a broken faucet gag? Or Kristen Bell get punch dumped on her head? The movie has a lazy sense of humor, and never quite rises to the intelligence of the performers.
The Blu-ray package comes with a DVD as well as the high definition disc. You'll notice the transfers on both mirror each other in quality with very little difference other than higher resolution. It's all clear enough, although there's nothing dazzling to see. Sometimes honestly they both looked a little dark in some sequences. The five channel surround audio track does just fine. There are eleven deleted scenes on the Blu-ray, and it also contains a gag reel you won't find on the DVD. There is a very short ask-the-cast feature, and a making-of featurette that focuses on following the director as he mangles the project.
The Rebuttal Witnesses
The best thing here, and maybe the reason to at least Netflix this Blu-ray is the Funny or Die segment featuring the cast. It's only a couple of minutes, but it shows that all these actresses can be actually very funny with each other when they have something smart to say. You can find the clip on YouTube too, but it easily becomes the highlight of the Blu-ray or the DVD.
It's a great cast locked in a bad movie, and the extras on the Blu-ray are lackluster save for one segment that you can easily catch on the Internet. You Again doesn't work, because we don't care for the characters who seem out to ruin a wedding because of silly insecure moments from high school. They let the past rule their life, and the film itself settles for generic predictable sight gags mixed with misplaced emotions that yearn to deliver a message rather than feel real. It's a shame, because these actresses deserve far better. Luckily for everyone involved, they've proven they are above all of this. If there is any grudge to hold, it's with their agents for booking them in such a tragically unfunny piece of studio crap.
Guilty of wasting a great cast, and sentenced to repeat high school eternally.
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