'Baby On Board'
(Heather Graham, John Corbett, et al / DVD / NR / (2008) 2009 / National Ent. Media)
Overview: Angela (Heather Graham) and Curtis (Jerry O'Connell) have it all – a loving relationship, a beautiful house and successful careers – until an unexpected pregnancy sends them on a nine-month roller coaster ride. Now, they must deal with jealousy and suspicion, Angela’s over-demanding boss (Lara Flynn Boyle), plus all the drama caused by their “happily” married best friends Danny (John Corbett) and Sylvie (Katie Finneran). It all adds up to one uproarious battle of the sexes in this romantic comedy that truly delivers!
DVD Verdict: Everyone involved had way too much fun making this movie. And that's not really a good thing. I did get a good laugh now and then - I really did. But the plot was really ridiculous and contrived. Without giving too much away, the entire movie is based on a couple's (actually two couples') misunderstandings and lack of communication which definitely does happen in every marriage.
But when there are issues THAT major, you don't just continue with life, not speaking to each other. You have at least once massive conversation about what's really going on. And that just doesn't happen, allowing things to just drag on. This movie really could have been a lot better if they had spent more time on the storyline. It really felt like a direct to DVD movie.
Okay I'm being kind of harsh. So three things: First of all, the acting is very good. It really is. The main four actors really interacted well with each other all around. The main guys were extremely believable buddies. The women were also great. The movie may be worth watching just for that - but only when there's nothing else and you feel like shutting off your brain for some cheap laughs. The other thing: Lara Flynn Boyle was fabulous as always. And her bad cosmetic surgery actually added to the role of a ball breaker boss aging ungracefully.
And third, although the movie as a whole ranks as "okay" if I'm generous there are some scenes that will have you saying "that's totally us" if you're in a relationship. There are moments of pure genius rarely seen in romantic comedies. [AJ] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Commentary with director Brian Herzlinger and producer Emilio Ferrari