Test-tube babies, freak dancers and Snoop: This week’s DVDs are a very mixed-up bag
This week, we begin in a test tube:
Jesus Henry Christ (***) In this odd comedy, Henry (Jason Spevack), an enormously precocious 10-year-old, learns he was a test-tube baby.
He sets off on a quest, with the help of his eccentric grandfather (Frank Moore), to discover his father, who turns out to be professor Slavkin O’Hara (Michael Sheen), the author of a best-selling book on his troubled 12-year-old daughter, Audrey (Samantha Weinstein). Henry’s mother, Patricia (Toni Collette), counsels her son, loving him even as he causes escalating problems for the two families.
Writer-director Dennis Lee injects enough comical moments to mostly overlook the plot’s absurdities.
Rated PG-13, 95 minutes. Now available on DVD and streaming.
The DVD also includes 30 minutes of interviews with the film’s cast and crew, including Lee.
Black Limousine (**) David Arquette stars as Jack, a man who scowls a lot in this moody, often dreary drama. He once had his 15 minutes of fame by composing the score for a science-fiction film. But now he can only find a job driving a limousine.
He ends up working for a film star (Nicholas Bishop) who seems to befriend him. Meanwhile, Jack becomes involved with an unstable woman (Bijou Phillips) at his Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Jack also spends time moping around town and arguing with his ex-wife and her new husband.
Eventually, it looks like Jack’s sanity might be ebbing away as co-writer and director Carl Colpaert slowly and often painfully builds his portrait of his troubled protagonist.
Rated R, 110 minutes.
The American Dream (**1/2) Malcolm Goodwin and Jamil Walker Smith play, respectively, Ronald and Luis, two buddies who grow up together and eventually join the Marines together and head to Afghanistan. Before they leave, they want to document their last moments at home. They manage to comment on the magnitude of the life-changing experience before them as well as their shared histories.
Not rated, 79 minutes.
Freak Dance (**1/2) The comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade, and others, star in this infectiously enjoyable romp filled with music and dance. Everyone goes over the top, playing stylized characters in the story of a rich girl (Megan Heyn) who defies her mother (Amy Poehler) and joins a local dance group when it looks like their favorite community center is facing condemnation. With Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, Horatio Sanz, Michael Cassady and others.
Not rated, 97 minutes. The DVD includes commentary, an extended scene, three minutes of deleted scenes, and eight minutes on the “dangers of freak dancing.”
Some Guy Who Kills People (**1/2) Indie stalwart Kevin Corrigan stars in this pseudo-mystery about a serial killer that also seems to go for laughs — it’s hard to tell.
He plays Ken, recently released from an asylum after a suicide attempt over a failed relationship. He lands a job at an ice cream store, where he receives a visit from his 11-year-old daughter (Ariel Gade), whom he’s never seen. Simultaneously, while grisly murders take place, his mother (Karen Black) dates the local sheriff (Barry Bostwick), who critiques crime scenes like an art critic.
Despite his often whimsical approach, director Jack Perez maintains suspense about the killer’s identity.
Not rated, 97 minutes. The DVD includes commentary, the 13-minute short film “The Fifth,” and a 13-minute “making of” featurette.
Fightville (**1/2) This documentary takes a look at the increasing popularity of mixed martial arts. It goes behind the scenes with some of the best-known participants, including Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier and Albert Stainback. The film also includes ample action footage, while also examining why the activity has reportedly become the sixth most popular professional sport.
Not rated, 85 minutes. The disc also offers deleted and extended scenes and a “behind-the-scenes” featurette.
Chesty Morgan’s Bosom Buddies In yet another bizarre offering, one-time busty stripper Chesty Morgan stars in a trio of her more celebrated 1970s releases, all directed by one-time renowned genre director Doris Wishman. The surprisingly well-produced films are decently photographed and even have sensible plots.
The fare seems tepid by current standards, but for those who want to experience Morgan and her enormous assets, three of her better-known releases are assembled onto one disc: Deadly Weapon, Double Agent 73 and The Immoral Three.
Not rated, 221 minutes. The disc also includes 15 trailers for Wishman’s films and a five-minute featurette on a “Gallery of Wishman’s Exploitation Art.”
Mac & Devin Go to High School Snoop Dogg plays Mac and Wiz Khalifa is Devin in this raucous comedy filled with hip-hop. Devin is a valedictorian who wants to write his commencement speech. So, he enlists the unlikely 15-year senior Mac for his input. Directed by Dylan C. Brown, and co-starring Mike Epps, Andy Milonakis, Teairra Mari, and Samantha Cope.
Rated R, 76 minutes. The disc also holds commentary with Brown, Dogg and Khalifa.
And now, finally, something for the little ones:
Barney: All About Opposites The purple dinosaur returns in three episodes to teach, as the title suggests, about opposites, such as hot and cold, big and small, and more. Not rated, 75 minutes. The DVD also holds a bonus game feature.
Thomas and Friends: Schoolhouse Delivery In four episodes set on the island of Sodor, Thomas teaches responsibility to buddies Percy, Henry and Hiro. Not rated, 48 minutes. The DVD also includes a game and a puzzle.
Timmy Time: Happy Birthday Timmy Precocious lamb Timmy, one of the latest creations from Aardman Animations and seen on the Disney Junior channel, enjoys a day with barnyard preschoolers. The five episodes are accompanied by a sing-along feature and a Shaun the Sheep episode. Not rated, 46 minutes.
Also available Tuesday on DVD: American Reunion, Being Flynn, Flowers of War, Margaret.