DVD Picks

DVDs released on November 19

November 14, 2013 

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Picks of the Week

‘We’re the Millers’

(R, 109 minutes, Warner): There’s nothing special about this raunchy, druggy, profanity-laced comedy, a movie made to exploit the hard-R successes of “The Hangover” and “Bridesmaids,” but it would be dishonest to claim it isn’t funny.

The laughs may come in fits and starts, usually by way of sight gags and set pieces, but they do come. Jason Sudeikis plays David, a middle-aged pot dealer whose career as easygoing weed man takes a turn when his boss (Ed Helms) forces him to travel to Mexico and bring back “a smidge” of marijuana.

David lights on the idea of making the run in an RV while impersonating the clean-cut dad of an all-American family. He enlists a stripper named Rose (Jennifer Aniston), a runaway named Casey (Emma Roberts) and his young neighbor Kenny (Will Poulter) to scrub up and pretend they can stand one another.

“We’re the Millers” is machined for maximum exploitation, whether it’s Aniston showcasing her killer bod or Sudeikis’ bland affability juxtaposed against a stream of f-bombs and coarse, crass one-liners.

Contains crude sexual content, pervasive profanity, drug material and brief graphic nudity. Extras: extended cut, outtakes, deleted scenes, gag reel and several behind-the-scenes featurettes including “Extreme Aniston” and “The Miller Makeovers.”

‘Planes’

(PG, 92 mintues, Disney): A plucky crop duster (voice of Dane Cook) desperately wants to compete in an international air race and prove he’s capable of achieving great speed.

This pleasant yet bland DisneyToon Studios production is a spinoff of Pixar’s “Cars” and its sequel, “Cars 2.” “Planes” features some genuinely exhilarating scenes, and its message about pursuing big dreams – the only kind of dreams, by the way, that a crop duster with people eyes can have – is unobjectionable, but also uninspired.

Contains mild action and rude humor. Extras: deleted scenes; a behind-the-scenes featurette on director Klay Hall’s personal journey during the making of the film, including his family connection to aviation; “Meet the Racers” featurettes introducing four of the main characters; “Franz’s Song” music video; and “Top 10 Flyers,” a look at the 10 greatest aviators in history hosted by ESPN’s Colin Cowherd.

‘2 Guns’

(R, 109 minutes, Universal): Big guns, cool cars, tough talk and hats rule the day in this action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington, in which the chemistry between the two stars packs far more heat than the explosions.

Playing bank robbers with a hidden agenda, Wahlberg and Washington bang-bang their way into our hearts and each other’s.

Still, “2 Guns” depends on your acceptance of guns used as props, fetishes, phallic symbols and, most tastelessly, jokes. If the reckless gunplay is offensive, the verbal repartee is too often stale (i.e., a running gag involving police officers and doughnuts).

Along with the slow-motion gun fights, over-the-top truck chases, brutal torture involving a baseball bat and an angry bull, and an over-arching tone of crass cynicism, “2 Guns” feels like it’s all been done before.

Contains violence throughout, profanity and nudity. Extras: commentary with director Baltasar Kormakur and producer Adam Siegel; deleted and extended scenes; “Undercover and Into Action” featurette. On Blu-ray: three more making-of featurettes.

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