Anyone But You

BLU-RAY DISC REVIEW:

Sony Pictures;
Comedy;
Box Office $88.14 million;
$22.99 DVD, $38.99 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for language throughout, sexual content and brief graphic nudity.
Stars Sydney Sweeney, Glen Powell, Alexandra Shipp, Hadley Robinson, GaTa, Michelle Hurd, Bryan Brown, Dermot Mulroney, Rachel Griffiths, Darren Barnet, Charlee Fraser.

The romantic-comedy is a genre so fraught with clichés that it actually takes a little effort now to distinguish them from any run-of-the-mill Hallmark movie. Anyone But You decided to set itself apart with a fair amount of nudity, foul language and raunchy gags.

The story involves the potential pairing of Bea (Sydney Sweeney) and Ben (Glen Powell). They meet cute at a coffee shop and form a connection during an amazing first date, but then go their separate ways after a misunderstanding leaves them thinking the other was just using them. They meet again months later at a destination wedding for some mutual friends, but their constant bickering gives everyone around them the idea to conspire to help them hook up just so they’ll stop fighting. But therein lies the twist, as Ben and Bea realize what everyone is trying to do, so they start pretending to be a couple to get everyone to leave them alone.

As both a rom-com and a comedy of errors the plot unfolds pretty much as one would expect, and it’s a bit of a slog to get through. On the other hand, the film isn’t subtle about employing the ample physical assets of Sweeney and Powell, which should go a long way toward maintaining viewer interest.

The Blu-ray presentation includes a sparse array of bonus materials that run only about 16 minutes combined.

The making of the film is conveyed in two typical behind-the-scenes featurettes that run four minutes each: “He Said She Said,” in which the cast discuss the joys of making a romantic comedy, and “Everyone Down Under,” about shooting the film in Australia. Then there’s a three-minute reel of outtakes and bloopers presented as a retrospective from several cast members.

There are three deleted scenes that run a total of a minute-and-a-half; one is a minute-long dance number and the other two are just a few seconds of character comedy.

Rounding out the extras are two viral marketing ploys. One is a two-minute video of co-stars Alexandra Shipp and Hadley Robinson tasting Australian snack foods. The other is a minute of Sweeney and Powell performing ASMR by whispering filthy pickup lines at each other, which is probably funnier than anything in the actual movie.

 

Double-Feature Blu-ray of ‘F/X’ and Its Sequel Due Feb. 1

Kino Lorber has set a Feb. 1 street date for a Blu-ray Disc collection of 1986’s F/X and its 1991 sequel, F/X2.

In the original F/X, Bryan Brown stars as Rollie Tyler, the best special effects artist in showbiz, who is recruited by the Justice Department to stage the assassination of an important underworld witness. After he pulls the illusion off, he is dumbfounded to learn that he’s being pinned for the murder and is soon hunted by those who hired him, with just is knowledge of visual trickery. Brian Dennehy plays Leo, a detective who stumbles upon the plot as he investigates the collateral damage from the efforts to kill Rollie. The cast also includes Diane Venora, Cliff De Young, Mason Adams, Jerry Orbach and Tom Noonan.

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In F/X2, Rollie has left the special effects business and now designs sophisticated electronic toys for a living. But when his girlfriend’s ex-husband, a police detective, persuades him to devise an illusion to capture a serial killer, Rollie is once again lured into the lethal world of make-believe. And soon, he finds himself trapped in a murderous maze of deceit and treachery in which he must depend on his ingenious tricks and his friendship Leo to expose an underworld conspiracy. The cast includes Rachel Ticotin, Joanna Gleason, Philip Bosco and Kevin J. O’Connor.

Extras include an interview with F/X director Robert Mandel, making-of featurettes for both films, and theatrical trailers for both films.