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Coach (2010/Lionsgate DVD)

 

Picture: C-†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: D†††† Film: C

 

 

Hugh Dancy has done some film work that gained him notice (Black Hawk Down) along with several British TV series and some films that did not work (King Arthur, Blood & Chocolate, Basic Instinct 2, Jane Austen Book Club) and unfortunately, his choice of uninspired scripts continues with Will Frearsí Coach (2010), a comedy with few laughs and much formula as the very flawed and out of wack guy whose character flaws may ruin his life.It does not help that he is a bit of a jerk.

 

However, the script by TV actor turned writer Jason Pugatch cannot rise above the formula it tries to change, with Nick being an oaf to the point that we have no reasons to like him and Dancy does not exude enough charm or anything else to offset that.His girlfriend leaves him because he has no job, a female doctor might be interested in him, but he has no life, nor is he doing anything productive.That is until he meets some local kids who need to learn more about one thing he can do well, play soccer.

 

For about 87 minutes, I waited for this to work, but no one involved seems to have any idea of what they are doing.The acting is also sub par and many seem to be bored as we watch.The result plays like a package deal that was really a missed opportunity to make this material work in a new way.At best, it is a slightly interesting failure, but unless you are ultra-curious, skip it.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is shockingly bad, looking like a bad HD shoot, but if this is film, whoever did the digital internegative should go to an optometrist immediately!Edge enhancement and noise riddle this playback throughout and dark scenes are worse than the bright ones, making this look like a bad TV movie.The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is of a dialogue-based work and along with the low budget, this is not an inspired mix, with even the music sounding limited in range.There are no extras.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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