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The Ramen Girl (2008/Image Entertainment DVD)


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



Brittany Murphy is an underrated actress and in particular, one with good comic timing.  Hollywood has not figures this out, but it is easy to see, even in a film as simple and formulaic as Robert Allan Ackerman’s The Ramen Girl (2008) about a young lady who goes to Japan and can only find herself and future by mastering the art of making ramen noodles in a way so great, it is like a work of art.


Since we have been thorough this “East helps West” formula before all the way to the recent Kung-Fu Panda, the story is nothing new and has been played out.  What does make this work is that the actors are still playing it like it is fresh material with some unexpected energy and a few chuckles along the way.  It is Murphy who shows she can carry this surprisingly easy 102 minutes, but don’t expect much more.  For all the junk we have suffered through of late, this is not bad.  It may even make some viewers hungry.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 is a bit soft and poor in places, holding back the quality overall, but it is nicely shot and makes good use of the scenery, while the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is dialogue-heavy and mostly towards the screen despite ambiance.  Extras include deleted scenes, an amusing alternate ending and trailers.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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