'I Melt With You'
(Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven, et al / DVD / R / 2012 / Magnolia Home Entertainment)
Overview: Richard (Thomas Jane), Ron (Jeremy Piven), Jonathan (Rob Lowe), and Tim (Christian McKay) are friends from college who gather each year for a hardcore weekend of partying. As the weekend progresses, fueled by sex, drugs, and rock n roll, their reunion drives them to an unexpected place where each is forced to confront himself and the choices hes made in his life.
DVD Verdict: If you yourself csn recall, early Bret Easton Ellis novels and their subsequent film adaptations were famous for portrayals of disaffected youth doing naughty things and contemplating life. Now, imagine a handful of characters in their forties doing the same thing, and you've got 'I Melt With You.'
Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven, Thomas Jane, and Christian McKay are old college buddies who meet up annually at Big Sur to celebrate a birthday, but with their own families and hidden secrets plaguing them, they embark on a week of drugs and parties until a tragedy forces them to face their past.
Clocking in at an overly long 122 minutes, the first half of the film is pretty decent, but I was disappointed to see it devolve so quickly. What could have been an extremely provocative study of broken dreams and arrested development becomes a hopelessly melodramatic pile of drivel!
For my money, steer clear of 'I Melt With You.' The film's laughable script and ludicrous plot points do nothing to help the actors trying so desperately to make something of the material. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Commentary with Director, Lowe and Piven
Commentary with Director, Co-Writer and Director of Photography
Behind the Scenes
HDNet: A Look at
Interview with Piven; Piven Mood Piece
Thomas Jane Teaser
Director's Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery
Alternate Theatrical Poster Gallery