You Again (Blu-ray Review)28 Jan, 2011 By: Angelique Flores
Box Office $25.7 million
$29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray/DVD combo
Rated ‘PG’ for brief mild language and rude behavior.
Stars Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Kristin Chenoweth, Betty White, Odette Yustman.
You Again takes an old comic device of enemies battling it out and makes it multigenerational with a cast of cherished veteran actresses and younger starlets.
Marni’s (Kristen Bell) excitement at coming home for her brother’s wedding is quickly shattered when she realizes his fiancée, Joanna (Odette Yustman), is Marni’s old high school bully. Now attractive and successful, Marni no longer fears Joanna. However, Joanna pretends she doesn’t remember Marni from their teenage years.
Just when the rivalry gets heated, in comes Joanna’s aunt, Ramona (Sigourney Weaver), who raised Joanna. Ramona happens to be Marni’s mom, Gail’s (Jamie Lee Curtis), high-school archnemesis. Comedy ensues as these ladies try to outdo each other. Add to the mix Betty White as the feisty Grandma Bunny and the laughs go up a notch.
The comedy, however, takes a turn for the serious when the slapstick is set aside and the pain of what bullies can really do to a person unravels.
It’s no surprise this family friendly film ends up in heartfelt apologies and a happy ending after things explode in everyone’s faces.
The bonus materials take a more fun, comedic approach rather than trying to offer any deep cinematic insights, which is just perfect for a comedy such as this.
Two of the more hilarious featurettes are a “Funny or Die” clip with Bell, Yustman, White and Weaver in a faux interview setting; and an “Ask the Cast” featurette with White, Curtis, Weaver and Bell. Also included are deleted scenes with introductions by director Andy Fickman and a behind-the-scenes featurette, which is more of a fun extra with inside jokes rather than any sort of filmmaking secrets.
The Blu-ray version includes a few more deleted scenes and a “Blooper Dance Party” with a montage of outtakes.