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Slightly Single in L.A. (Blu-ray Review)

31 Aug, 2013 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Street 9/3/13
Well Go USA
$24.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray
Not rated.
Stars Lacey Chabert, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Kip Pardue, Haylie Duff, Jonathan Bennett, Simon Rex, Mircea Monroe, Chris Kattan.

After dating her fair share of losers, Dale (Lacey Chabert) is determined to find “something real” in her next relationship. It may be that very person is right in front of her, in the form of longtime musician friend Zach (Kip Pardue).

He’s quite a catch, too: a tall, blond-haired, blue-eyed singer-guitarist who hasn’t let fame go to his head. Unfortunately, Dale’s thirsty friend, Hallie (Jenna Dewan-Tatum), realizes this and throws herself at him. Whereas Dale should have spoken up and acknowledged that she and Zach have great chemistry, she backs off and lets Hallie have at him. A love triangle ensues.

A source of frustration for viewers will be the inability for Dale to pursue the desires of her heart. It’s almost as if she’s comfortable being in terrible relationships with undeserving guys because they’re void of any serious feelings.

Slightly Single in L.A. shows what many already think about the dating scene in the City of Angels: It’s abysmal. Though Chabert is endearing, the film leaves much to be desired with its all-too-common theme and painfully stereotypical characters: the trusty gay friend (Jonathan Bennett), the aspiring actress (Mircea Monroe) and the unbearable bridezilla (Haylie Duff).

However, co-stars Chris Kattan and Dirt Nasty himself, Simon Rex, have small but memorable roles, and each represent the kind of men one should steer clear of while wading in the murky dating pool.

The lone featurette is a brief but informative Q&A with writer-director Christie Will, who reveals the genesis of the story and the people on whom certain Slightly Single characters are based.

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