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review added: 2/6/01
She's the One
1996 (2000) - 20th Century
review by Brad Pilcher of
The Digital Bits
Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras): B/B/B+
Specs and Features
97 mins, R, letterboxed widescreen (1.85:1), 16x9 enhanced, full
frame (1.33:1), dual-sided, single-layered, Amaray keep case
packaging, audio commentary by director Edward Burns, theatrical
trailer, music video for Walls
by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "behind-the-scenes"
featurette, scene access (24 chapters), film-themed menu screens,
languages: English (DD 4.0 & 2.0), French (DD 2.0), subtitles:
English, Spanish, Closed Captioned
Mickey: "Why are
you getting so upset Dad? You don't even believe in God."
Mickey's Dad: "That doesn't mean I'm going to stop being a
So Ed Burns goes and makes The Brothers
McMullen for $25,000, gets it in at Sundance, wins the
Grand Jury Prize and scores himself a distribution deal. Now he gets
to make whatever movie he wants, for whatever budget he wants. Sound
like a sweet deal? Well, it is. She's the
One, the film that came next, is just as sweet. Well...
My enthusiasm for She's the One
comes from its witty script and rock solid performances. Admittedly,
the film gets a little deflated, because the story starts to run out
of gas near the end. But it's still very cute right 'til the credits
roll. It may not stay as engaging the whole way through, having its
ups and downs as a movie, but for a sophomore effort, Burns really
shows he has chops as a filmmaker. The most important thing is that
it stays funny. And boy... does Ed Burns know his dialogue.
The story runs like this. Ed Burns (aside from writing and
directing) plays Mickey, a cabbie in New York. One day, Hope (Maxine
Bahns) slips into his back seat. She's heading to New Orleans, but
doesn't like planes. He agrees to drive her to New Orleans... and
they're married the next day. Yeah, you heard me. When they get back
to New York, Mickey's brother, an undiluted prick that works on Wall
Street (played by Mike McGlone), is pissed that his bro got married
without him. He's also cheating on his wife (Jennifer Aniston) with
Heather (played by Cameron Diaz - tough life, huh?). Meanwhile,
their Dad (John Mahoney) is playing referee. Oh yeah... and Hope
forgot to tell Mickey that she's moving to Paris soon and she wants
him to go with her. What the hell, you know?
If She's the One's story
sounds as busy as The Brothers McMullen's,
it is. The problem? It's not all that different from the earlier
film. It just has a bigger budget, a few real actors, better
lighting lighting and lots of product placement. It's witty, and the
realism of the characters gets it off the ground a bit, but it never
soars. After a while, it just conks out on fumes.
This DVD, however, is nice. The video is solid with good color
balance and an absence of heavy grain. Source defects don't show up
either, but the picture does seem a bit soft. The audio is good as
well, nicely integrating a light score by Tom Petty (which sort of
came together by accident) with the dialogue.
But it's the extras where the disc breaks out of the mediocrity of
its subject matter. To start with, we have the music video for Tom
Petty's Walls. It's an
abstract little thing, but since I don't review videos I'll leave it
for you to judge. A little fluffy featurette introduces us to the
first ever movie set for Burns, and we get to see the actors stroke
his ego. I will never get the image of Cameron Diaz, saying she's
cool because she's been in an Eddie Burns movie, from my head. Mix
in the obligatory trailer, and then you're prepped for the real meat
here: Ed Burns's audio commentary. Unfortunately, he rehashes much
from his commentary on The Brothers
McMullen, but he manages to add some new insights and
point out the biggest differences between a $3 million budget and a
$25,000 budget. If you've ever wanted to make a shoestring budget
film, Ed Burns commentary tracks are a good place to learn how.
For what it is, She's the One
on DVD makes for a nice little afternoon diversion. If you're a fan,
I'm sure you'll want it to your collection. And it's definitely
worth a rent for everyone else.
She's the One
Stories From Long
Island (Ed Burns 3-disc set)