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The Lather Effect (2007/Anchor Bay)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: C-     Feature: D



Here it comes, more revisionist history!  If it was not enough that the 1960s and 1970s were being constantly attacked as a strategy of certain Conservatives and the like, now we are at the beginning of trivializing the 1980s and Sarah Kelly’s The Lather Effect (2007) is a wreck that tells us in a very weak reunion story that the teens of the 1980s did nothing but party and everything is a joke.  Those involved do not even seem they come from the era and it shows.


The cast includes Connie Britton, Sarah Clarke, Tate Donovan, Peter Facinelli and token appearances by Ione Skye and Eric Stoltz that cannot save this film for anything.  If this is supposed to be the party-only, wasted life side of the era, Dazed & Confused (reviewed elsewhere on this site) has nothing to worry about.  The case sites The Big Chill to compare to, a bad sign that no one understood what they were doing.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is soft throughout, likely shot on lamer HD equipment and is as sloppily shot as it is edited.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 mixes are both lame, showing that the recording was not top rate as this was produced.  The addition of songs from the era are some of the worst-applied I have ever encountered in my life and a textbook example of how not to use classic songs in anything.  Extras include three featurettes, deleted scenes and an audio commentary that is a bore.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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