“You Again” has a terrific comedic premise that once
again the unimaginative minds of Hollywood manager to fumble.
I’m not sure if the writing or the “suits” are to blame
with this one but “You Again” is a mildly diverting movie
that disappoints more than it delivers on its potential.
When we meet Marni (Kristin Bell) she’s recording video
for the school time capsule. was the geek in high school
who couldn’t get anything right and if she did her nemesis
J.J. (Odette Yustman) makes sure that it turns into disaster.
Marni looks like a poster child about every that stinks
about the high school teen years; she’s got bad acne, wears
braces big enough to drive a railroad car on and looks like
she hasn’t washed her hair in a week. Her older brother
is the star basketball athlete and Marni’s life goes from
bad to worse when J.J. (who naturally is a cheer leader
for the basketball team) pushes Marnie (dressed as the mascot)into
her brother for getting unwanted positive attention while
he is making the game winning final shot of the final game
for his team. ***
Jump forward years later and we meet Marni who has
now been promoted to a high powered VP position with a PR
firm. First though she’s headed home to meet her brother’s
new fiancé who, surprise, turns out to be J.J. Somehow even
though Marni and her brother grew up in a small town that
had ONE high school J.J. had never met her brother and claims
not to remember Marni. Marni, of course, remembers J.J.
and finds her life unraveling as she tries to prove that
the nice, giving J.J. is really the girl of her nightmares
to her parents. What’s more Marni’s mom (Jamie Lee Curtis
has her own issue to deal with—it turns out that J.J.’s
guardian her aunt (Sigourney Weaver) was also her mom’s
arch-nemesis in high school although under much different
I have to give first time screenwriter Moe Jelline
props for coming up with a terrific premise and while the
film is mildly entertaining Jelline blows just about every
comedic possibility for a truly fun, mean comedy about revenge
that is presented to her. The good things in “You Again”
are few but the performances despite the material is one
of them and that includes Betty White who once again pulls
out her daft grandma shtick and manages somehow to make
it work even though we’ve seen it at least three times before.
Somebody, please, cast Ms. White in a different more challenging
role—she’s a great comedic and DRAMATIC actress who can
do good stuff. Likewise please do the same for Curtis and
Weaver two of our finest actresses gracing the screen today.
I’m not so worried about Bell or Youtman—their careers are
young enough for them to get plenty of great roles. ---
Image & Sound:
“You Again” features a very nice, sharp looking anamorphic
transfer. The Blu-ray features nice skin tones, there’s
a light grain evident and detail is sharp and clear for
the most part although with some of the close ups on the
actresses there was a slight loss of detail probably due
to choices of either production or post-production filtering
to soften their features a bit. ***
Audio sounds quite nice particularly during more active
sequences but this isn’t a BD that will give you a run for
your money when it comes to your home theater system.