You Again Blu-Ray Review

“You Again is a slightly above average romantic comedy that features a group of big name women stars whose characters somehow all end up running into their high school enemies.”

Cover Art and Menus: 6/10
I actually kind of liked the cover for this movie.  It is a little bit of a departure from your normal romantic comedy type of movie.  Well, at least a tiny bit of a departure.   The menu is a bit strange though.  It features two small sections that have both static scenes from the movie as well as video sequences.  It looks pretty neat in terms of design, but the small video sections are really too small with the rest of the menu area, which leaves a lot of empty space.

Features: 3/10

  • 11 Deleted Scenes – There are quite a lot of cut scenes here that did not make the final movie.  Most are just extensions of existing scenes.  There are a few areas that expand on the movie, but overall these were pretty drab, and offered little to the movie.
  • Following Fickman: On Set With The Director – This is a 7 minute feature that focuses on the director Andy Fickman, who from the blooper extra seems to enjoy ruining scenes and being on camera.  Seems like everyone loves Fickman, and this inclusion seems a bit strange, since presumably he chose to put this on the release.
  • Blooper Dance Party – This is a semi funny collection of bloopers and  shots of the cast dancing and attempting to act funny.  This is a real hit or miss.  Some of the funniest bits for me involved Odette Yustman hitting the camera with a plate and cup.  Not must to this, but it was a quick fun watch.
  • Ask The Cast – This is a super short, 1 minute feature that includes semi humorous quips from the cast of the movie.
  • Funny Or Die – This Funny or Die extra features the main characters in a fake interview, where they get into a bit of an argument when Kristen Bell talks too much.  This is a decent little bit, if not slightly telegraphed.
  • DVD Version Of The Movie – You don’t get a mobile copy of the movie, but there is a DVD version included here.

The Movie: 5/10
You Again is a slightly above average romantic comedy that features a group of big name women stars whose characters somehow all end up running into their high school enemies.  Marni (Kristen Bell) is now a successful PR agent who has just landed a huge promotion, when she returns to her hometown for her brother’s wedding.  Her brother is marrying J.J., who just happened to be the one female who basically ruined high school for Marni.  J.J., now going by Joanna (Odette Yustman) was the captain of the high school cheerleading team, and was more than a bitch to Marni, who was, well, unfortunate looking in high school.  It is not until Marni returns home that she learns that her future sister-in-law is the one female who basically ruined her high school years.

The story and plot pretty much run as you would expect from that point on, with Joanna acting like she doesn’t remember Marni at all, all the while claiming to be a changed person.  The rest of the family loves Joanna, and just doesn’t get the animosity.  Marni however soon realizes that Joanna does in fact remember, and when Marni asks for just a simple apology, Joanna fails to comply, and the catfight begins in earnest.

At the same time, Marni’s mother (Jamie Lee Curtis) tries to tell Marni that she is over-reacting until Joanna’s haughty taughrty aunt arrives (Sigorney Weaver).  It is at this point that Marni’s mother realizes that Joanna’s aunt was her high school nemesis, and catfight 2 breaks out.  Add to this the obligatory Betty White character as the fiesty granmother, and the movie seems to hit all the cliches.

You Again is not a bad movie, and it was fun for a while, but the gags get old, and it is way to obvious.  I did not hate the movie, but it did get a bit tedious.  The acting at times was pretty good, but there was just something missing here, and while I really didn’t hate the movie, it just didn’t offer a whole lot.

Audio & Video: 8/10
The video is very well done.  This is the type of movie that doesn’t really demand high definition, but the video is crisp and vibrant, and even though you don’t always recognize it, the whole video presentation is just short of spectacular.  This is a movie that was digitally shot, and the 2.40:1 AVC encoded MP4 is presented in 1080p.  The audio is sufficient for this type of movie also.  You just kind of take it for granted, like you do with the video.

Value: 4/10
I was not a huge fan of this movie, but it was light and funny and the acting was decent, even though the story and plot were pretty drab.  It was worth a watch if this is your bag, otherwise skip it.  There are worse date movies to watch than this, but it was not great by any stretch.

Overall Score 5/10