Blu-Ray Review: MEETING SPENCER

BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Meeting Spencer 
REVIEWED BY: CINEMA LATTE
GRADE: 4 OUT OF 5 REELS
RELEASE DATE: April 10, 2012
DISC INFORMATION: 1 disc, color, Widescreen 
RUNNING TIME:  86 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES:  Production Stills and Original Movie Trailer
RATED: R for language
GENRE:  Comedy
STARRING:  Jeffrey Tambor, Melinda McGraw, Jesse Plemons, Don Stark, Yvonne Zima, Willam Morgan Sheppard, Jill Marie Jones, and Mark Harelik

Famed Broadway director, Harris Chappell, has returned to Broadway after a series of failed Hollywood movie attempts to reboot his career.  The local talent sharks and tabloids circle him like vultures trying to get their next big “it” as well.  Chappell meets with long time on-again/off-again flame, Didi Ravenal, at a local restaurant and the son of a friend to whom he owes a favor.  In the meantime, everyone tries to pump the dinner guests for story tidbits on the new Chappell play that is so secret that he isn’t even letting anyone know who his leading man will be.  Can Chappell keep the wolves at bay, finance his play, and maintain his cast?  Maybe he’ll have it all worked out by dessert.

The movie starts off a little slow but soon picks up.  With only four sets, this movie is very entertaining and engrossing once it gets into the story.  The revolving door on the sets is hilarious and keeps the audience intrigued on the next spin of the door.  Every character that enters the set brings another element of doom or hope that keeps the story going on the wildest, twisting story since “Noises Off!”

I really enjoyed this film.  It is well written, well cast, and well directed.  The entire film takes place at the restaurant.  You are either with the characters at the table, the bar, outside, coat-check room, or in the men’s room.  It is one of the best limited spaces films I have seen in a while.  

What an amazing ensemble for the cast, as well.  Everyone plays very well together and keeps the viewer waiting for the next move.  Well done all together.  

Worth seeing whether to own, rent, or borrow.  Great movie and very enjoyable.  It isn’t as good as “Noises Off!” but it is a very good second.  I definitely recommend this one.

That’s my review and I’m sticking to it!


 
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