DVD previews: 'Girl Most Likely,' 'White House Down'
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Imogene (Kristen Wiig), left, returns to live with her mother Zelda (Annette Bening) in "Girl Most Likely."
Here is a look at DVDs coming out Tuesday, Nov. 5:
"Girl Most Likely" (PG-13, 103 minutes, Lionsgate): Kristen Wiig delivers another spaced-out star turn in "Girl Most Likely," a picaresque romance of self-discovery that delivers a flow of small delights until veering too far into screwball preposterousness. Wiig plays Imogene, an aspiring playwright whose early ambition has been thwarted by the comfort and distraction offered by her wealthy boyfriend. Eventually, events transpire to send Imogene back home to Ocean City, N.J., where she's forced to live with her mother, Zelda (Annette Bening), a compulsive gambler; her troubled but sweet brother, Ralph (Christopher Fitzgerald); and mom's boyfriend, George (Matt Dillon), who insists he's in the CIA. Contains sexual content and profanity. Extras: making-of featurette, deleted scenes, gag reel and "Life in the Human Shell" featurette.
"White House Down" (PG-13, 129 minutes, Sony): A riotous display of serial explosions, helicopter crashes, car smash-ups, sniper attacks and at least one slap on the face of a winsome little girl, "White House Down" is the kind of celebration of rampant mayhem in which everyone seems to have a rocket launcher at the ready. But "White House Down" also clearly wants to be a lighthearted comedy. At least that seems to be the aim in a film that, in the midst of sadistic violence, throws in jokes and bits of buddy humor as blithely as its protagonists toss those grenades. Contains prolonged sequences of action and violence, some profanity and a brief sexual image. Extras include "A Dynamic Duo," a look at the chemistry between co-stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx; featurette on Tatum's stunt work and a look a director Roland Emmerich's vision for the film. Also, on Blu-ray: gag reel and nine more featurettes.
"Grown Ups 2" (PG-13, 101 minutes, Sony): Adam Sandler is capable of portraying nuanced characters, but he's clearly happy to settle for his go-to routine of acting like a child and spewing lazy jokes. "Grown Ups 2" revisits the group of longtime friends that made "Grown Ups" a hit in 2010. But the sequel isn't merely mindless; it wastes a talented cast. The film follows four men (Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade) over a single day as the quartet plans a 1980s-themed summer kickoff party. But every man also gets his own story line, each of which seems plucked from a bad sitcom. Sandler's Lenny is dealing with the fact that Roxanne (Salma Hayek) wants another baby; Kurt (Rock) needles Deanne (Maya Rudolph) that he remembered their anniversary and she didn't; Eric (James) hides frequent trips to his mom's house from Sally (Maria Bello); and Spade's Marcus finds out he fathered a son. Contains crude material, language and bare backsides.
Also: "Parkland," "Lovelace," "Passion," "Oil City Confidential," "The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story," "Saving Santa" (animated family film, Anchor Bay), "Out in the Dark" (Israel-U.S.-Palestine), "Clear History" (HBO), "Syrup," "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas," "East End Babylon: The Story of the Cockney Rejects," "Journey to the Christmas Star" (Norway), "Bonnie & Clyde: The Real Story," "House of Eliott Complete Collection" (nine-disc set, BBC) and "Bonnie & Clyde: Justified" (A&E miniseries).
Television series: "Mad Men: Season 6," "Beverly Hills 90210: The Complete Series" (71-disc set), "Dexter: Final Season," "Dexter: The Complete Series Collection" (33-disc DVD or 25-disc Blu-ray), "Law & Order: The 13th Year," "Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga," "Boy Meets World: The Complete Collection" (22-disc set), "The Hive" (Disney), "Duck Dynasty: I'm Dreaming of a Redneck Christmas," "Ice Road Truckers: Season 7," "Naked City: The Complete Series" (29-disc set), "Farscape: Complete Series" (27-disc DVD or 20-disc Blu-ray), "Magic City: Second Season," "Robotech: The Complete Set," "Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely All of It" (10-disc set), "Saved By the Bell: The Complete Collection," "Dora the Explorer: Dora's Ice Skating Spectacular!" and "Ben 10 Omniverse: Aliens at War."
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