Baby on Board (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
National Entertainment Media || R - 94 minutes - $24.98 || June 9, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-06-30


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Brian Herzlinger
Writer(s): Michael Hamilton-Wright, Russell Scalise (screenplay)
Cast:


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Alright, itís time for a lesson in cinematic history. Not really history, but how most direct-to-DVD films are. Most of the time thereís some character who is with another character that is having problems in a relationship. Something happens to split them apart, and then at the end they get back together even though their friends and family say they shouldnít. This perfectly describes Baby on Board, even though itís not at terrible movie, it is slightly flawed.

Angela (Heather Graham) and Curtis (Jerry OíConnell) are a couple who want to avoid pregnancy at all costs. I donít think that they say that, but Iíd have to assume it since itís normally a subject that most couples stay away from, or at least I do. Anyways, Angela goes to work for a fragrance company and comes up with a great idea. She comes up with a perfume that smells like pregnancy, and her boss Mary (Lara Flynn Boyle) thinks the idea is rather subpar and out of this world. During the meeting though Angela is experiencing some odd symptoms, such as gas, and gets sick throughout and grosses out the other corporate bigwigs.

Curtis and his friend Danny (John Corbett) decide to go to the gym to work out, and even though Danny is married he still manages to sleep and hit on other women while there. By the way, the women he hits on are way hotter than his wife, just saying. The two talk about various things at the gym, nothing really important, and Curtis goes home to find out the dreaded news. Well, not right away, but thatís the big premise here for the flick. The pregnancy of Angela, and since they arenít married or engaged doesnít seem to bother the two, decide to split up and see other people. Angela decides to see other people, as does Curtis. Well, Curtis doesnít really see other people. Instead, his so-called best friend Danny decides to invite him over to his bachelor pad after his wife kicks him out of the house for some fun with strippers. Yeah, its friends like this that I wish I had. Can Curtis and Angela make-up and get back together, or will the two stay apart and not go with the traditional ending that youíve come to expect from so many films?

In all honesty, this isnít that bad of a film. I really went in expecting absolutely nothing, but I actually chuckled a few times and found it to be quite entertaining. The characters themselves are hilarious, especially Angela when she realizes that sheís pregnant and Curtis and his friends reactions to the whole situation. That being said, there are a few issues I had that sort of turned this from being a great flick into a mediocre one.

Angelaís mother who is only in a few scenes ruins the film by saying that the two should stay away for a year so that way Curtis wants her back more and more every day. First of all, thatís not true. The first day a guy isnít around his girlfriend he will, yes he WILL, go find someone else right away. Guys donít take rejection like women think we do, sorry to let you know that ladies. Thereís no parent in their right mind who would suggest what her mother does, and it ruined the flick. I know that the director and writers need to get a plot twist or something along those lines to continue the movie, but this one just ruined it for me.

Iím surprised that Boyleís role in this one was so brief, as she herself isnít in that many scenes and the one sheís in arenít that great either. I didnít laugh when she was on screen once, which was disappointing since sheís been in a few movies that I canít recall where she was good in. This feels like a step-down for her to say the least. OíConnell and Graham though are at their finest, although Iím not sure what that means since I havenít seen either in any big movie in at least a few years.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Brian Herzlinger and Emilio Ferrari: The two converse at a rapid pace about the scenes, the cast, and other things pertaining to the film. Itís not exactly an entertaining commentary, but I found it to be informational but not too exciting. Consider listening to your own risk.

Finally, a Photo Gallery and the filmís Trailer can be seen.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Color isnít exactly the best in this release, as at times the characters are a bit paler then a bit darker in later scenes. Flesh tones look normal for the most part but mainly the problem lies with the contrast of the movie. Scenes are much darker than they should be, and there are a few that happen outside that are also dark enough when they definitely should be brighter. Thereís also several indoor scenes that had me puzzled, as though there was a dark overtone to them that shouldnít have been there.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is low-key, as this is a primarily dialogue-driven flick. Thereís absolutely no surround use what so ever, so donít go expecting demo material here. The dialogue itself though sounds decent, but not to the extent of what I would call great. Itís low and doesnít have a lot of ďoomphĒ in it, as though thereís nothing really to write home about here. This is in all honesty a 2.0 track at best, as my sub was barely turned on the entire flick, and even when it was, I donít know why as nothing was really happening.



.::OVERALL::.

Baby on Board isnít a cinematic masterpiece, but itís not exactly a dud either. Graham doesnít really have much going on in her career, so this is one of her few highlights that Iíve seen her in recently. The technical package isnít the best, and the special features are empty except a lone commentary, so this is a rental at best. This is a baby to take on board, but just for the night.