Smother (DVD Review)27 Apr, 2009 By: Erika Carmona
Rated ‘PG-13’ for crude and sexual content, some drug material and language.
Stars Diane Keaton, Liv Tyler, Dax Shepard, Mike White.
As if getting fired over a speakerphone wasn’t bad enough, Noah’s (Dax Shepard of Employee of the Month) mother, Marilyn (Diane Keaton), has barged in with her five dogs unexpectedly for an undetermined amount of time.
But Noah’s life just gets worse. His mother not only becomes his roommate, but co-worker too. His wife’s cousin has been sleeping on the couch, and his wife, Claire (Liv Tyler of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy), is obsessed with the idea of forming a family.
However, all Noah can think about is how he can get his life back to normal. He tries every trick in the book, from sabotaging his sperm count to trying to make his parents’ failed marriage work, and tries to get Claire’s cousin out of the house as soon as possible.
Fans of “Everybody Loves Raymond” will find similarities to Smother. Keaton’s character is quite similar to Raymond’s mother, minus her compulsive cooking or trying to make her daughter-in-law’s life a living hell. Overall, the film could have been funnier, but it’s a story that anyone can relate to in one way or another.
The DVD also includes a short behind-the-scenes featurette with interviews from the cast, producer and writers. Shepard displays more personality and humor within the interview than in the actual film.