Labor Pains (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
First Look Studios || PG13 - 89 minutes - $29.98 || August 4, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-07-30


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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: Lara Shapiro
Writer(s): Stacey Kramer & Lara Shapiro (written by)
Cast: Lindsay Lohan, Cheryl Hines, Aaron Yoo


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Featurette
  • Interview
  • Still Gallery


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH

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.::THE FILM::.

Plot: Thea Clayhill (Lindsay Lohan) is about to lose her position as secretary to a very cranky publisher (Chris Parnell) -- so she lies about being pregnant to save her job. The plan works. With the help from a friend (Cheryl Hines) -- and a pillow -- Thea fakes the pregnancy while she figures out what to do next. But in the meantime, her boss gets called out of town and his cute brother Nick (Luke Kirby) takes over. Nick launches a new parenting division at the publishing company, and he wants Thea to be the editor. Suddenly she gets a raise and a promotion. And pretty soon she begins to like her new life -- not to mention Nick -- a lot. But how long can Thea keep up this ruse? And what will happen when everyone learns the truth?

Just look at how far Lohan has fallen. After the box office disaster of I Know Who Killed Me, Lohanís career took a nose dive. Now, it wasn't just that film, but her behind the scenes antics with getting to the set on time, starting fights with other actors and numerous other issues that made her un-insurable. That's all I will get into with that but I will just say this was Lohanís first "big" film after I Know and while its not as great as some of her previous work (Mean Girls) itís still enjoyable.

What makes this film enjoyable and not complete and utter trash? Surprisingly Lohan herself. She actually plays the role very well and takes a comedic approach to it (unlike a few others who are simply in it for the paycheck). Lohan is not afraid to show a little skin every once and a while and brings a bit of her charm and wit from Mean Girls here. While I'm not to sure Luke Kirby is a decent love interest for her (he looks about 10 year older than her) they still manage to form a relationship that seems plausible.

You know something is wrong when the film was originally scheduled to go into theaters but instead was re cut for an ABC Family movie. This Blu-ray includes at least 1 clip that was too 'graphic' to be shown on ABC Family so if you saw the film and enjoyed it, you may want to give this one a rent to see some of the cut stuff (likely for commercials and graphic nature).



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Not a whole lot is included but we do get a short Interview with Lohan (2 Minutes) that is her staring into the camera answering a few questions all while acting like she just found out this is going straight to ABC Family and not launching theatrically. You can almost see her heart breaking.

Up next is the Making of Labor Pains (12 Minutes) that once again rehashes some of the footage from the Lohan interview along with some new footage with Cheryl Hines and clips from the film.

A Still Gallery is included as well.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Labor Pains is presented in 1.78:1 on a 25GB Disc. Since the film was meant to go 'big' it looks a bit better than the usual DTV stuff I watch but nothing here will really jump out at you. Itís a nice, clean picture that is grain free.

First Look has included an English TrueHD (the box incorrectly listed a DD5.1 track) track. Since the film is dialog driven, expect everything to be front loaded... which it is. Only twice did I hear anything from the rear speakers.



.::OVERALL::.

If you're a fan of Lohan you should pick this one up. Otherwise it may be worth just a rental if you're in the mood for something not too heavy and minimal laughs.