'Chick Flicks - 8 Movie Set'
(Sarah Jessica Parker, Robin Williams, Richard Gere, Rebecca Romijn, Susan Sarandon, et al / 2-DVD / NR / 2014 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: 8 Flicks to do the Trick! Included in this 8 movie set are: 'If Lucy Fell,' 'Imaginary Heroes,' 'Sweetheart's Dance,' 'You Light Up My Life,' 'Moscow On The Hudson,' 'Mr. Jones,' 'I'm With Lucy,' and finally 'Lies & Alibies.'
DVD Verdict: In truth, I'm not much of a "chick flick" fan so I had my wife sit in with me for a few of these - and boy, did SHE love every single last one of them!
Just to give you a rundown of a handful that stand out, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Eric Schaeffer, and Elle Macpherson 'If Lucy Fell' is a charming pot burner, for sure. Basically, it is the story of two best friends, Joe and Lucy, who are both going nowhere with their love lives. They made a pact in college that if neither had found their soul mate and gotten married by Lucy's 30th birthday they would jump off the Brooklyn Bridge together. The big 3-0 for Lucy is right around the corner, so it's time for them to both get on the ball!
In 'You Light Up My Life,' starring Didi Conn, Joe Silver, Michael Zaslow, and Stephen Nathan, a young woman's elusive dreams combine with a crossroads in her life - that leads to personal disintegration. Yes, it's a simple enough movie, with a great title song, of course! Didi Conn did a nice job of playing the naive young woman, but gifted with a lot of drive and belief in herself nevertheless. The supporting cast put in a solid effort and so a very nice, if not strained truth-kinda movie came out of it.
'Mr. Jones' stars Richard Gere, Lena Olin and Anne Bancroft and is a compelling story about a man on the verge of self-destruction who is saved by love. Corny, but wow does it play out perfectly. Indeed, Gere does a fantastic job of portraying such a brilliant/unstable manic sufferer, and really brings the disorder, with all of its twists and turns, to life. The story is true to the struggles and realities of manic sufferers, and uses wonderful images of planes crashing overhead, tightrope walks, and grandiose symphonies that show what it must be to be a so-called "manic." These are all Full Screen Presentations (1.33:1) and enhanced for 16x9 TVs.