Caffeine (2006)

Genre(s): Comedy
First Look Pictures || R - 88 minutes - $24.98 || April 24, 2007
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2007-04-25


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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

A U D I O &
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Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: John Cosgrove
Writer(s): Dean Craig
Cast: Mena Suvari, Marsha Thomason, Katherine Heigl, Breckin Meyer, Callum Blue, Mark Pellegrino, Jules Leyser, Mike Vogel, Sonya Walger, Andrew Lee Potts


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • The Making of Caffeine
  • Blooper Reel
  • Deleted Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Stereo Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

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Caffeine is one of those oddball flicks with strange and/or quirky characters and a non-story connected with said strange fellows. This one entirely takes place, through the course of the 85-minute runtime, at Black Cat Café, a hip establishment in London. Black Cat is managed by Rachel (Thomason; TV’s “Las Vegas”), took over the café from her father, and employs a variety of colorful characters including waitress Vanessa (Suvari; American Pie), chef Charlie (Blue; Princess Diaries 2), and waiters Sean (Pellegrino) and Dylan (Meyer; Garfield).

Add to the worker’s intertwined stories are patrons like stoned buds Mike (Potts) and Danny (Vogel), where one spends the entire movie either getting over his ex while also freaking out having taken a strong dose of weed. Other couples/mini-stories revolve around a porn actress (Walger; TV’s “CSI: NY”) and her controlling boyfriend; Laura (Heigl; TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”) and a gun-crazed blind date (Daz Crawford); and finally two more best friends, one a lawyer and the other is in trouble with the law (not to mention the ball-busting fiancé).

First, Caffeine does work as one of those comedies you pass by on Comedy Central on a Saturday afternoon. I found myself laughing far more than I thought I would with outlandish characters mingled with that certain British kind of humor. Having said that, the film also wraps up each story (six by my count) nicely and the film as a whole fails to have much of a focus other than being about a bunch of offbeat characters in odd/screwball situations.

The cast, made up of some good-looking C-level actors -- including some well-known British actors --, work well together and provide a certain amount of chemistry (although the TV pilot kind). Mena Suvari is still a cutie, Marsha Thomason has certain sexiness (I liked her on “Las Vegas”) and the underused and toned down Katherine Heigl has little to do with such a small role, not completely insignificant, but small.

Caffeine is funny enough providing laughs and a good time overall, it’s just that the story lacks anything concrete and I can’t say this is one worth purchasing (unless its in the dump bin).



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The Making of Caffeine (13:49) - This is the typical ‘making-of’ featurette with interviews with the cast explaining various items about the movie from talk about their characters and the different relationships.

Blooper Reel (5:33) - I’m a fan of the classic blooper reel and this one is no different. The usual flubbed lines or laughter breakdown are present, getting a look at how much fun this cast had on the set.

Deleted Scenes (5:45) - 10+ deleted/alternate scenes that were excised for good reason. Nothing particularly bad about them, but they don’t add anything.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

IMAGE

Caffeine is presented in anamorphic widescreen, 1.78 OAR, and looks clean enough. The visuals are probably on par with a sitcom. This, I assume, was a low-budget film so there’s nothing that pops out, but it is fine for a comedy.

There are two audio options available and both are suitable for this film. If you’re so inclined to use your surround sound, you can’t go wrong with the standard 5.1 Dolby audio track.



.::OVERALL::.

Caffeine is a funny little ensemble comedy and although it offers little in terms of focus, certain parts are quite charming and while I can’t recommend buying it, it’s still at least worth a viewing be it through Blockbuster or on TV.