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American Crude (2007/Sony DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Feature: D



Office Space (reviewed elsewhere on this site) is a film that has slowly gained popularity and rightly so, with fans hoping that Ron Livingston might finally find success in another comedy that works.  Writer/Director Craig Sheffer’s American Crude (2007) is NOT that film and not much of anything at all as he plays a guy sick of his life and willing to risk it on a crazy idea that will set him for life.


Unfortunately, a long line of oddballs show up to possibly stop him, with the arrival of Rob Schneider as one of them stops the film from having any hope of working on any level.  Jennifer Esposito and Michael Clark Duncan also show up and are as sadly wasted as we are for all 98 minutes of boredom this dud offers.  I bet the executives were yawning at the final cut too.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is color and detail weak, with poor compositions throughout and night as well be a bad TV movie.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is no better, dialogue/joke-based with a limited soundfield and not the best recording to boot.  Deleted scenes are the only extra, which is more than expected after sitting through this.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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