My Mom's New Boyfriend (2008)
|Genre(s): Comedy / Crime / Romance|
|Sony || PG13 - 97 minutes - $24.96 || June 17, 2008|
|Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-06-20|
Writer(s): George Gallo (written by)
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Meg Ryan, Colin Hanks, Selma Blair, Keith David, Enrico Colantoni
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Steven Seagal, Jean Claude Van Damm, Ray Liotta, Meg Ryan... MEG RYAN? After starring in so many memorable films throughout the years including Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally, has she joined the direct-to-DVD group of has-beens? I guess time will tell as perhaps My Mom’s New Boyfriend was just a misstep for Millennium Films opting to take this comedy-“romance”-crime (in that order) to DVD rather than theaters.
My Mom’s New Boyfriend (henceforth known as MMNB) stars Meg Ryan as Marty. Three years ago, Marty was fat (think Courtney Cox on “Friends”) and didn’t take care of herself, leaning on son Henry (Hanks) to take charge. But all that changed when Henry, an FBI agent, is sent off on a secret mission that would keep him out of contact with his mom. Current day, Henry returns home to find the place has changed and there’s a hot woman sun bathing in the backyard, only to discover it was his mother!
See, after she dropped Henry off at the airport, she gets an epiphany that she needs to take control of her life, so she loses weight and travels the world learning about spirituality. He also finds out that she’s dating again (his father died in prison), but not just one guy, several. But Henry also has some news: he’s engaged to a fellow agent, Emily (Blair).
With things already more than a little awkward between mother and son, it becomes more complicated when he finds out her latest crush, a man named Tommy, is an international art thief and is under investigation by the Feds, and his boss (David) wants Henry to head up the task force and make sure Marty keeps falling for Tommy. What shall he do?
MMNB is a weird comedy at times, maybe even quirky, but it’s also a mess and makes one realize why it was never theatrically released. And that’s actually pretty sad given the talent associated. Obviously Meg Ryan is a veteran actress who, while not the sensation she once was back in the late 80s and early 90s, but she’s still a fine actress; same with Antonio Banderas, an actor who has had his fair share of bombs yet also has a certain charm; and in regards to Colin Hanks and Selma Blair, both young actors have the potential for future stardom. So what went wrong? It’s simple: the script and more to the point, the characters.
Written and directed by George Gallo, the man behind Midnight Run and Bad Boys, MMNB has little charm, no charisma and some of the most ridiculous plot elements, even for a crime-comedy. Even if one looks beyond that a son would just so happen to be on the case of his mom’s b-friend, then you also have the chance meeting between Marty and Tommy and a stupid running joke with Enrico Colantoni playing... “Enrico the Chef”, an obsessed ex who spends his free time outside the house begging and moaning. This was actually a pretty funny scene, the first time, but it got old real quick.
Looking at Gallo’s resume, he does have talent and even with these contrivances, you’d think the cast he was able to put together would’ve made up for any story shortfalls, but to no avail. Instead the cast cannot overcome a dumb story and poorly written characters. Meg Ryan is still beautiful and takes some jabs at herself but that allure she once possessed even in movies like You’ve Got Mail doesn’t seem to be present here; Antonio Banderas plays up the comedy as much as he can including bookend scenes where he gets caught inside a security cage (if you’ve seen him in other comedies, you get the same thing here); and finally Colin Hanks and Selma Blair look good together but with Hanks playing a stick-up-his-ass character, I found it hard to like him – Blair is still very attractive, however.
My Mom’s New Boyfriend is a harmless movie with some actually funny moments; however the film on the whole fails in so many other regards. You have a contrived story, paper-thin characters and other comedy bits that fall flat on takeoff. It’s a shame because you have a talented writer and cast...
The disc, for obvious reasons, doesn’t have many features but Sony does include a selection of deleted scenes (10:39), most of which were excised for time but you do have some connector scenes such as one where Hanks picks Blair up from the airport (a scene that I found curiously missing while watching the movie). The 3rd Degree: The Making of My Mom’s New Boyfriend (10:08) is a short and pointless “making-of” where the cast and crew talk about each other and how wonderful it was working with each other. Awesome.
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The picture doesn’t look half-bad. The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen with a 2.40 AR. For those watching on 4x3 televisions, you also have the option of watching it in Full Screen.
You have an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track that is suitable for this movie.
My Mom’s New Boyfriend isn’t a terrible movie by any measure, but when you take into consideration a talented cast, I can’t help but be a little disappointed even though this was a direct-to-DVD flick. As I said, it’s harmless enough but is also void of charm and all those things that make the comedy-romance-crime genre work.