The Lather Effect (2006)

Genre(s): Comedy
Starz! Encore || Unrated - 95 minutes - $26.98 || May 27, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-05-25

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

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Special Features

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Director: Sarah Kelly
Writer(s): Sarah Kelly & Tim Talbott (written by)
Cast: Connie Britton, Sarah Clarke, Tate Donovan, Peter Facinelli, Monica Keena, William Mapother, RZA, Ione Skye, Eric Stoltz

Theatrical Release Date: NA

Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • The Making Of...
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Cameron Effect
  • The Importance of Being an Ernest PA

Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

Don't believe the lie on the box. The Lather Effect is not the "Big Chill for Generation X". It is not a John Hughes movie for an older generation. It is not anything you would want to watch.

The movie begins the day after a huge party that gathers a bunch of old high school friends together dressed up to re-live the good times of the 80's. Of course all of the friends have problems that they need to deal with whether it is lies, abuse, love, cheating, or just sleeping around a little too much.

The film revolves around Valinda (the gorgeous Connie Britton from TVs "Friday Night Lights") and her ex-boyfriend Jack (William Mapother, TVs "Lost") who at one point in the 80's was in love. Now both are married to different people and are trying to find out if they truly belong together. Next up is the child actor who made it big in the 80's and is apparently supposed to be based on Corey Haim (or Feldman depending which Corey you think hit rock bottom the worst) whose name in the film is... Corey (David Herman). Yeah, real original there. The rest of the cast is forgettable with the exception of Mickey (Stoltz) which is probably the sole reason you may want to watch the film. When I say the characters are dressed up from the 80's... I mean it. The only way you would be able to tell this movie was not from the 80's is because they use cell phones. It was pretty funny to see William Mapother dressed up like he was an extra from "Miami Vice" that stumbled into the future.

One (OK, the only) of the great things about this movie is the soundtrack. Throughout the film about a dozen tracks from the 80's plays and every single one of them are recognizable. I have no idea how a film like this even had a budget to get these songs... but there here and probably the only reason I was able to watch the movie from start to end.

Let me just put this as blunt as I can. The film is not good. At all. There are reasons why films sit on shelves waiting for a studio to pick it up for a hopeful direct to DVD release. This is a prime example of a film that should have stayed there. There is nothing in this film that makes me want to go back to it.


Audio Commentary (Writer/Director Sarah Kelly, Editor Darren Ayres and Associate Producer/Actor Eric Stoltz) - A fairly boring commentary that is often filled with pauses. Eric Stoltz is probably the only reason you would want to listen in the first place.

The Making of... (16:05) - Here we are presented with most of the cast at a radio station event where they discuss the movie and whatnot.

Deleted Scenes (20:21) - 9 Deleted scenes that added very little to the actual plot of the film. Only once scene was somewhat funny.

"The Cameron Effect" (7:03) - Writer/Director Sarah Kelly talking about Cameron Crowe and the influence of music in films.

The Importance of Being an Earnest PA (4:41) - What a PA really does and the exciting (and sometimes free) life they live.


The Lather Effect is presented Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1. Just like the film, I can't really say much about the transfer. Itís dirty, has very little color, and an incredibly soft picture.

This DVD features Dolby Surround 5.1 and 2.0. The only redeeming part of the film is the soundtrack which features at least a dozen classic hits from the 80's. Dialog was fairly clean and the only time you will hear something in the rear speaker is when music is playing.


Bottom line is this movie is something you don't want to see. Don't buy it and ignore it on the rental shelves. The characters are forgettable and the film is clearly trying too hard to be a John Hughes film and it shows.