I'm with Lucy (2002)

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Released 11-Aug-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Romantic Comedy Main Menu Audio
Theatrical Trailer
Filmographies-Cast
Gallery-Photo
Trailer-The Rage In Placid Lake, Japanese Story, Erskineville Kings
Trailer-The Sweet Hereafter
Trailer-Eat Drink Man Woman, Respiro, The Best Man's Wedding
Trailer-My Wife Is An Actress
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 86:47
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Jon Sherman
Studio
Distributor

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Monica Potter
Craig Bierko
Linda Halaska
Julianne Nicholson
Flora Martínez
Afemo Omilami
John Hannah
Gael García Bernal
Anthony LaPaglia
John Tormey
Jeff Norris
Henry Thomas
David Boreanaz
Case ?
RPI $36.95 Music Stephen Endelman


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     While the film I'm With Lucy employs a "backtrack to the future" plot line, it's no Memento. With her wedding in an hour, Lucy (Monica Potter) reminisces about the frogs she kissed before she found her prince.

     After a humiliating break-up with Peter, Lucy reluctantly re-enters the dating game. Big time.

     Enter five contenders for the affections of Lucy:

Contestant Number One - Doug (John Hannah), a recently divorced entomologist who regards Lucy's drunken, drugged stupor as a personal liberation.

Contestant Number Two: Gabriel (Gael García Bernal), a sensitive new age guy who loves water - a lot! But is there such a thing as too much physical attraction?

Contestant Number Three: Bobby (Anthony LaPaglia), a baseball legend. How will Lucy cope with his old-fashioned notions and his "natural instincts"?

Contestant Number Four: Barry (Henry Thomas), a belligerent manager of a computer shop. If their bickering doesn't kill her, Lucy's parents may manage the job with their embarrassing revelations.

Contestant Number Four: Luke (David Boreanaz), the windswept and interesting Florida surgeon. Anyone for tennis?

     What ensues is a rather lacklustre but mildly diverting tale of Lucy's trials and tribulations in her quest for true love. Potter's resemblance to Julia Roberts is striking at times, but her character is written in such a way that it's difficult for her not to appear somewhat too arch for any real charm. It's nice to see Henry Thomas as a grown up - yep - he was that kid in ET.

     There are no great surprises in this film, and the scripting is a little limp and uninteresting, but it serves as an afternoon filler. Check it out as a rental first to see if it's your cup of romantic tea.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, 16x9 enhanced.

     The detail is generally okay with reasonable shadow detail. The image overall feels a little soft but there is no low level noise and the grain levels are fine.

     The colour rendition of the film is quite acceptable with good skin tones throughout and no evidence of halation. There are no subtitles available for this transfer.

     There is some very mild motion blur but aside from that, the transfer is very clean with no major artefacts present.

     This disc is single sided with no layer change with which to contend.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

     There is one audio track on this DVD - English Dolby Digital 2.0.

     The sound is rather flat and undefined, but the dialogue is very clear throughout and there are no audio sync problems.

     The musical score by Stephen Endelman is an unremarkable but workable production.

     There is very little directional sound - the soundscape is rather flat and uninspired.

     There was no evidence of subwoofer activity.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
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Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

Menu

     The menu is static and silent.

Filmographies

     A list of films for Monica Potter, John Hannah, Gael García Bernal, Anthony LaPaglia, Henry Thomas, David Boreanaz and Harold Ramis.

Trailers

     Palace Films and World Cinema Collection trailers.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

     The R4 Version Misses Out On:

    The R1 Version Misses Out On:

    This is a line call. There are more audio options on the R1 but the PAL transfer of R4 tips the scales for me in R4's favour.

Summary

     It's not a definitive romantic comedy, and occasionally it's actually rather dull, but it's not offensively dumb. So, if it's your bag - enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Mirella Roche-Parker (read my bio)
Friday, June 11, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDSinger SGD-001, using S-Video output
DisplayTeac 76cm Widescreen. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationTeac 5.1 integrated system
SpeakersTeac 5.1 integrated system

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