New in Home Entertainment – June 19, 2012

New in Home Entertainment

June 19, 2012

Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, language and drug use
Available on DVD and Blu-ray

When a married couple (Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston) lose their source of income while living in New York City, they decide to move in with family in Atlanta.  Along the drive they encounter a commune full of colorful characters that invite them in but expect them to live by their rules of peace and free love.  The story here is absolutely ridiculous but fortunately the jokes are strong.  Consisting of more improv than you would expect from a cast like this, the material was almost good enough for two movies, as is shown in the extra features.  Keep an eye out for Justin Theroux who not only turns in a great performance here as Seth, but is also becoming a major Hollywood player.  One of the many special features is a very original Bizarro Cut which takes practically the same story, but fills it in with completely different scenes and performances.  I would not advise watching the Bizarro Cut first, but it is a rather enjoyable 80 minute feature that you will want to watch after.  B

Jeff Who Lives at Home

Rated R for language including sexual references and some drug use
Available on DVD and Blu-ray

Fueled by his obsession with the movie Signs, Jeff (Jason Segel), a pot-smoking loser that lives at home (thus the title), attempts to find out the real reasons behind mundane events believing everything to be interrelated and part of a much bigger picture. It’s easy to believe that you are getting a good comedy here with the likes of Segel and The Hangover’s Ed Helms, but don’t expect to laugh too much.  The film does a great job of keeping you engaged but you probably won’t be slapping your knee here.  Even though it’s not terribly funny, the indie writing/directing duo Mark and Jay Duplass do an excellent job of creating a quirky, interesting and heartwarming film.  B

The Sarah Silverman Program: The Complete Series
Available on DVD

From Comedy Central and Shout Factory come all 32 episodes of the different but extremely funny Sarah Silverman Program.  Playing a perverse version of herself (or maybe just playing herself) Sarah, her sister and their friends get into all kinds of situations that will leave you uncomfortable and, well, kind of icky.  But the sewers is where her comedy works the best and if you have a perverse sense of humor (and much of the time I do) and you don’t get easily offended at people trying to offend you, you’ll find the show to be absolutely hysterical.  B+