THE PLOT THUS FAR
Set on the Jersey shore, the lives of three childhood friends begin to unravel when a secret from their past is revealed.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
I’ve been watching a lot of James Gandolfini movies lately. I can’t say that he’s the star, but the guy is trying to escape the shadow of Jersey. Unfortunately, it’s hard to get rid of Tony Soprano when you keep taking trips back to The Garden State. The weird amusement park staple, creepy foreign weirdos and usual quirks appear in this fractured subgenre. Still, it’s Gandolfini’s film to limp to the barn.
Famke Janssen does her best to offset most of the film’s heavy elements, but it never really works. She plays off Gandolfini, but all she has is playing the wounded female friend to a rudderless male lead. We’ve seen the story before about adult friends trying to figure out where they figure into life. Ultimately, it boils down to nothing. No one gets any further and no one is improved by the ending. Everything just happens.
The Blu-Ray comes with no special features. The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track does the best with all elements, but the dialogue falls flat at times. With Gandolfini’s usual dialogue delivery, it almost needs subtitles to sell some of the softer moments. Still, the 1080p transfer is pretty sharp. In the end, I’d recommend a rental to the curious.
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