DVD Review “Newlyweds”

Directed by: Edward Burns
Starring: Edward Burns, Max Baker, Kerry Bishe, Caitlin Fitzgerald
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Distributed by: New Video
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Running Time: 96 minutes

Film: 2 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3 out of 5 stars

Edward Burns is known for his love of New York and shooting movies in New York, since his first film “The Brothers McMullen”. This film was release as part of Tribeca Film and was shot all in that neighborhood. I give him credit for staying true to his roots but writing, directing and starring in the film proved to be a bit much. He definitely gets props for attempting all three jobs though. The film feels a little long and characters get drab and repetitive after only a short time. I also wasn’t really sure of the film’s direction with switching between its docu-narrative story.

“Newlyweds” follows the a newly married couple and finding the truth behind marriage. The couple think they have a perfect drama free relationship until their whole world quickly gets turned upside down. When the husbands’ wild little sister shows up out of the blue, she creates a lot a problems for the couple. On top of that the wife, is dealing with the failing marriage her sister. The couple strive to fight through this madness and try to come out on top.

The special features are not amazing but worth checking out if you enjoyed the film. There are about six minutes of deleted scenes included. There are also two different interviews with Edward Burns. The first talks about his inspiration behind “Newlyweds” and is presented by American Express. The second interview focuses on Burns’ filmmaking process and long-standing relationship with Tribeca Film.  The interviews are interesting and give some decent insight into Burns’ process and background on the film itself.


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