How to Make Love to a Woman (2010) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Romance
E1 Entertainment || R - 103 minutes - $24.98 || July 13, 2010
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2010-07-02


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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: Scott Culver
Writer(s): Dennis Kao (written by)
Cast: Josh Meyers, Krysten Ritter, Eugene Byrd, Ian Somerhalder


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Music Video
  • Deleted Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH

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.::THE FILM::.

How to Make Love to a Woman isn’t a special movie in fact it had all the makings to be yet another forgettable Judd Apatow-lite direct-to-video knock-off with ugly cover artwork that tries to cram every cast member’s mug even if a couple of them are only in the film for a minute or two (see: Jenna Jameson and Ian Somerhalder). Instead, the movie is actually pretty funny throughout and the main players are both amiable enough to carry the picture.

The movie is about an affable man named Andy (JOSH MEYERS) who is somewhat successful in business where he finds and signs young musical talents and while he has a beautiful girlfriend in Lauren (KRYSTEN RITTER), his moves in the bedroom are not so smooth and after the “act”, she merely sighs which gets Andy into a panic. He turns to his friends Layne (EUGENE BURD) and Nomi (LINDSAY RICHARDS) for advice on the matter as he tries to get tips for a better bedroom performance.

Meanwhile, Lauren receives an unexpected major promotion at her architectural job but will have to move to Chicago. During this process, she reconnects with an old crush in Daniel (IAN SOMERHALDER) and thanks to the fact that Andy is being an inconsiderate ass by forgetting their anniversary or a movie date, she’s beginning to have doubts as to whether he is really “the one”.

The film explores the differences between men and women and what actually pleases a woman. This isn’t the most original romantic comedy especially by independent film standards but despite some issues I had with the characters (more in a moment), the comedy aspect manages to make me smile and laugh throughout and never becomes dull. The screenplay, by newcomer Dennis Kao, doesn’t fall back on toilet humor and instead allows the story and situations be its own comedy.

Now, my biggest gripe with HTMLWAW (how do you like that acronym?) is the main character of Andy. It’s not quite clear as to why a beautiful girl like Lauren would give this guy so many chances. I get that guys forget anniversaries especially a one year of dating kind but the dude also misses a movie date so he could “meditate” so he can last longer in the sack. While indeed he is doing for her sake, it doesn’t help his cause as to why he deserves to be with her or as to why she actually loves him.

Another problem – and this has occurred in many other films of this ilk – is a surreal dinner table conversation where Andy’s sex life and lack of longevity becomes the topic at hand. I realize and recognize that my own family is more closed off when it comes to personal communication but when grandma and grandpa get into their own sex life, the whole TMI comes into play real quick.

The cast for the most part is the big reason the movie succeeds despite the issues I had with portions of the script. Although I can’t completely buy Josh Meyers – whose credits include Date Movie and Bruno – as the inept boyfriend (or poor man’s Jason Segel) but he does have enough charm to carry the film while Krysten Ritter – who was most recently seen in She’s Out of My League – is probably the shining star here with Eugene Byrd (“Bones”) as Andy’s best bud taking a distant second place.

The movie was directed by, along with the screenwriter, another newcomer in Scott Culver and features many various bands that I’ve never heard of but I assume have somewhat of a cult following.

Overall, How to Make Love to a Woman isn’t going to compete with many of the Judd Apatow-backed movies but compared with some of the mediocre crap I’ve seen especially in the direct-to-video market, this is a breath of fresh air.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Making-of Featurette (14:59) chronicles how the project came to be from the screenplay to casting and actual filming. This is kind of paint-by-numbers as far as featurettes go, but you do get some actual insight into making a movie so there was some interesting aspects to it.

Interviews (15:14) – There are nine sets of interviews with various members of the cast/supporting cast (including Josh Meyers) talking about filming different scenes. Sadly, Krysten Ritter is missing from these. Here’s something odd but during play, I could not use the pause button...

Outtakes (25:22) – These are mainly deleted scenes than actual outtakes as I know the term (but it still applies). A couple of the scenes are actually pretty funny but these were removed for good reason.

Last up is a music video (2:38) which is just the song featured near the end of the movie with scenes from the film mixed in and finally there’s the trailer (2:35).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The movie is presented in 1080p high-definition and with a 1.78 aspect ratio. Since I would presume the budget was probably on the low-end, it’s not a pretty looking picture as parts seem lighter than they should be although black levels did seem to be fine, but I thought the detail levels were nice and there wasn’t any noticeable pixilation.

The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track gets its job done well enough despite moments where the dialogue levels would fluctuate in a scene or the music played throughout one moment would be front loaded while another would be much deeper where I could hear certain notes coming via the rear channels.



.::OVERALL::.

How to Make Love to a Woman is a surprisingly effective comedy with some good performances. In spite of the problems I had with the script, specifically how the characters were handled, I still found myself laughing at most of the jokes that thankfully didn’t delve into toilet humor.