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April 2, 2008 |

By Dustin Rowles | DVD Releases | April 2, 2008 |

Alvin and the Chipmunks: I think that you only need to know three things about Alvin and the Chipmunks: 1) Jason Lee has completely lost his dignity; 2) David Cross will be able to pay his rent for another year; and 3) this bon mot Agent Bedhead took from the film, noting “nothing can redeem the horrifying moment when Theodore poops on the couch”:

Simon: “It’s a raisin, Dave.”

Dave: “Prove it!”

(Simon pops Theodore’s poop into his mouth.)

You need no other reason not to see this film.

Good Night: Think of Good Night, Jake Paltrow’s directorial debut (yeah, he’s Gwyneth’s brother) as Martin Freeman’s mulligan. Actually, scratch that: Freeman hasn’t actually made a decent film since Hitchhiker’s, has he? The Good Night (which also stars Simon Pegg, Gwyneth, and Penelope Cruz) is a lot like a Michel Gondry film, if Michel Gondry had Paltrow blood running through him. In other words, it’s pretty to look at, but generic and very underwhelming. In the end, as Dustin writes, The Good Night is “not an awful film, nor is it poorly made; it’s just a bland combination of tedious mockumentary, obvious romantic comedy, and (worst of all), an extended dream life.”

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: John sums up Sweeney Todd the movie, and the backstory behind the Johnny Depp character, as such: “How and why Todd becomes a maniacal killer is a thin story, and the lack of plot or character development ultimately dooms the movie to boredom,” and concludes, “The real problem is that everyone begins and ends the movie exactly as they began it, so in the most important dramatic sense, nothing happens. What does occur is too campy to be truly frightening and too jugular-spurting to be much fun.”

What Love Is: I’ve never heard of this movie, nor seen the title until it showed up on this week’s DVD release schedule. It features a Who’s Who of has-been actors, who probably never should’ve been in the first place: Cuba Gooding, Jr., Sean Astin, Gina Gershon, and Matthew Lillard. Even Anne Heche is in it. We didn’t have a review of our own, but my favorite comment from an IMDb user will probably suffice: “What Love Is appears to have been regurgitated by an unsuspecting toilet.”

Judging from the trailer, I think he’s hit the toilet on the head:

Alvin Seville: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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