(Adam Pally,Sarah Burns, et al / DVD / R / 2015 / Sundance Selects)
Overview: Embarrassingly unlucky at love, Jeff and Anne (Adam Palley and Sarah Burns) hatch a plan to transform themselves over the course of a sex-and-alcohol-fueled summer.
DVD Verdict: 'Slow Learners' is a romantic comedy about two nerdy friends who set about to redesign their love lives over their summer break from teaching.
Jeff, played by Adam Pally, is a genuinely nice guy who can’t seem to catch the attention of women anywhere. In the opening scene he is on a blind, internet date that is not going well. It is even clear to Jeff that she is not in the least bit interested. The nice guy that he is, he tells her she can leave. She hesitates, giving him the opening to ask why she is not into him. Over the next few minutes, she completely and cruelly describes all the qualities she finds detestable in him. I found it difficult to listen to; I can hardly imagine anyone being quite so horrible to another person.
Anne, played by Sarah Burns, is a high school teacher tired of men passing her over for the wilder and sexier women. She is desperate to recreate her self. In her opening scene, she is sitting in the doctor’s office to be tested for STDs although she has had sex in a long time. It’s a very awkward moment to watch.
It’s clear that these two people need a little help in the area of love and life. Anne comes up with a plan for them both. During their Summer break, they will overhaul their lives; become different more attractive people. They start by heading to the mall to change their wardrobes. Anne uses reality TV to overhaul her personality; trying a Southern accent and acting crazy. Jeff changes his personality to be more like a bad boy; tough and leather clad.
Their first night out has some success propelling them to continue on their course. The next few weeks is spent dating one person after another. It is a daze of alcohol and sex. It seems they have finally become attractive, confident individuals. In the course of their escapades, they begin to realize they like each other. Unfortunately, it takes a while to admit it to themselves let alone each other.
'Slow Learners' is predictable, but completely harmless, non-intimidating fun. The characters are relatable and there are some fun scenes that will make you chuckle. A chick flick that guys can enjoy as well. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
Reviewed By: Michelle Richardson
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