Blu-ray Review “Meeting Spencer”

Directed by: Malcolm Mowbray
Starring: Jeffrey Tambor, Jesse Plemons, Melinda McGraw, Mark Harelik
Distributed by: Kino Lorber Films
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2012
Running Time: 88 minutes

Film: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 1 out of 5 stars

When I saw that this film was starring Jeffrey Tambor, I jumped at the chance to see him take the deserving starring role. I have always been a fan of his work. Well, this film is fun but definitely not his best work. The film plays like a stage play and is not able to break out of its shell. It would make a great play but doesn’t work as a movie. It runs long at only 88 minutes and ends up going nowhere. I did enjoy the performances though from Jesse Plemons and Melinda McGraw very much as well though. The film overall though just never nails any jokes well and caused me to lose interest very quickly.

We met famed director Harris Chappell (Jeffrey Tambor), who returns to New York to have a comeback on Broadway after his career in Hollywood flopped. He is having dinner with his ex, Didi (Melinda McGraw) and unknown starting actor Spencer (Jesse Plemons) with hopes to plan his triumphant comeback. Of course the night does not go well when they are plagued by one issue after another at the restaurant. Hilarity is suppose to ensue but never really gets there.

The Blu-ray presentation wasn’t anything special. It was presented in 1080p transfer and looks good but not spectacular. Since the film is all dialogue, the Dolby Digital 5.1 track doesn’t really get to shine but it does work well with the score. The special features are baron like this film including only a photo gallery and the theatrical trailer.

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