DVD Review: Straight A’s
What to say about Straight A’s? I can see what the film was trying for, and for the films target audience it probably works well, so I’ll keep that in mind when giving it a star rating. I’ll admit, if you haven’t caught the subtle hint, Straight A’s isn’t my kind of film. I got it so I could watch it with my wife and earn brownie points. Now I’m not saying that I hated it, in-fact parts of it were quite funny and enjoyable.
What I struggled with mostly was the casting and how neatly everything just slotted into place for what was, essentially, a messed up story about a messed up family.
A story about two bothers and a girl they both loved, but only one could marry. Now if the younger brother was the original boyfriend, but the older brother is the one who married, I would have expected both brothers to be relatively close in age. And this is where the casting comes into question.
Wilson plays a middle aged, successful businessman, with a lovely trophy wife and two kids, but the younger brother played by Phillippe plays a (despite his character saying his was thirty something) a mid twenties stoner. So love interest played by Paquin was either a cradle snatcher or a grave digger at high school, where she met younger brother.
Yes I know I’m over thinking the whole thing, and basing my troubling assumptions on the visual characters rather that what the film tries to tell me, but if you’re going to play Wilson in a serious role and put him up against mr sex appeal, things are going to seem quite out of place to you unintended male audience.
So nice little family drama, with Phillippe looking like he’s enjoying the bad boy role, Wilson looking stiff in his serious grown up role and Paquin looking like she needs to be taken somewhere dark by a couple of vampires.
But wait, there is more, an emotional twist at the end brings the whole story to a neat conclusion, cue tissues and a happy wife.
Rating: M Contains drug use and offensive language.