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February 24, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | DVD Releases | February 24, 2009 |

It’s going to be a long week, folks. Only three new DVD releases today, and only two wide release movies this weekend, as the box-office gets over its Oscar hangover, and both look to be stinkers (and next week, there’s only one wide release). At this rate, by mid next week, we’re going to be reviewing cell phone plans. Get excited.

Here are your three DVD releases:

Sex Drive: Dustin was reasonably impressed with Sex Drive, writing: “If you are that hypothetical 16-year-old curious about the teen comedies that came before you, but short on time (all that band practice and all), there’s really not much need to visit Better off Dead, Fast Times, Weird Science, Road Trip or even American Pie. You can get a pretty good taste for all of them by watching Sean Anders’ Sex Drive. I don’t say that as an insult: If you have to introduce a new generation of teenagers to teen comedies, you may as well borrow/steal/pay homage from/to some of the best. And Sex Drive takes some of the better elements of all of them, mixes them up, throws a decent soundtrack over it, and the result is a pretty fucking fun movie.”

What Just Happened?: It’s safe to say that Prisco wasn’t a fan, writing: “What Just Happened? (since nobody has ever heard of it and probably never will) is the story of a Hollywood film producer (Robert De Niro) who is struggling with his ex-wives, temperamental celebrities, and the ins-and-outs and agonies of making movies! At least, that’s probably what it would say on the Netflix slip in the approximately two weeks it should take for this to sluice out of theatres. It’s a lot like watching a movie about a pool boy. There’s probably going to be some manufactured sex scenes with lonely desperate women with too much time on their hands, and there’s going to potentially be a couple of amusing characters traipsing through, some saying funny things, but ultimately it’s about a job that nobody really wants to watch for almost two hours.”

Dear Zachary: This puppy has been playing on MSNBC for months, and for whatever reason, our review comes up number two on Google searches, so after every showing, we get 10,000 weeping housewives dialing us up and purging their souls. It’s not an easy movie to watch, as Dustin wrote in his review: “Dear Zachary is one messed-up motherfucking documentary, people. And the less you know about it, perhaps, the better. Or maybe not. I knew nothing about it going in, and made the mistake of forcing Mrs. Pajiba-hyphenate to watch it with me. Within 11 minutes, she was sobbing, begging me to turn it off. Before I could find the remote, however, she’d been sucked back into an all-too engrossing story of a man’s freakish, tragic murder. But by minute 32, Mrs. Pajiba-hyphenate was inconsolable but transfixed, watching the next 45 minutes of the documentary with bleary, tear-filled eyes. Before the documentary ended, those tears turned to silent shock. And, for the both of us, it was perhaps the first time we’d ever been completely paralyzed by a film. It is an experience unlike almost any other, and your emotions will run the gamut, from sadness, to pride, to despair, to anger, to ache, and to complete disbelief, and unbelievable, mess-you-the-fuck up shock.

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