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Casi Casi (HBO)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Film: C+



When I read on the back of the jacket that Jamie & Tony Vallés’ Casi Casi (2005) was in the mode of Election and Mean Girls, two good (if not great) films, the first thought was “here we go again” and the like, but the writing/directing team have actually pulled off an interesting if flawed story about the troubles of school kid Emilio.


He loves Jacklynne, gets involved with student government only to find out she is also interested in a way that will not win him any points with her, he is not the best or most popular student and his principal is akin to an angry dictator.  Though I did not have any laughs that had me rolling on the floor, I was pleasantly surprised at the good sense of humor and consistency of this feature, even when it came across as rough on a technical level.  Though no match for Porky’s, School Of Rock or Real Genius, Casi Casi is better than most of the theatrical & TV variations of this cycle of school tales and is worth a look.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is soft and likely shot in HD or a more standard digital format.  Colors, details and depth are limited, while this still manages to develop a watchable look to it.  The Dolby Digital Spanish 2.0 Stereo has no surrounds and is nothing special, with some sound echo from set shooting that is almost distracting.  Extras include a making of featurette and an audio commentary track by the Vallés.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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