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Its a Disaster

3.2 out of 5 stars 406 customer reviews

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In this doomsday comedy, four couples who meet for Sunday brunch find themselves stranded in a house together as the world may be about to end. When Tracy Scott (Julia Stiles) decides to introduce her new beau Glenn (David Cross) to her three friends Hedy (America Ferrera), Emma, and Lexi and their significant others, her biggest fear is whether or not her friends will approve of her new relationship, little does she realize that's the least of her worries. Before long the couples find themselves in the midst of an apocalyptic disaster, catching them all off guard. One thing is clear; these four couples aren't going to let the potential end of the world get in the way of the relationship issues they all need to work out.

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  • Actors: Julia Stiles, America Ferrera, David Cross, Rachel Boston, Erinn Hayes
  • Directors: Todd Berger
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Oscilloscope Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: June 4, 2013
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (406 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C3DIXGK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,326 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Johnny-crazy-balls over here is going to save us all from Armageddon." Every now and then a group of four couples get together for brunch at someone's house. Today is that day and Tracy (Stiles) is bringing her new boyfriend Glen (Cross) over to meet them for the first time. The conversation begins to unravel quickly and secrets come out that threaten to ruin the brunch, then they find out that the world may be coming to an end. This is another movie I didn't watch any of the previews for so I wasn't sure what to expect. I have to say that this is one of the funnies indi-comedies that I have seen and I laughed out loud just about the whole way through. The writing is so good and each character had his or her own little quirks which made it really fun to watch. This is the kind of movie where each joke builds on the next one and there is so much going on that you can't turn away nor do you want to. This is one of the funniest movies I have seen in awhile and I highly recommend seeing this. I loved it. Overall, another example of how the low budget under-the-radar movies are better then the big Hollywood blockbusters. I give it an A-.
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The movie makes you feel very uncomfortable for the David Cross character. This is a dark comedy and a great one. Very many good lines and a great story to boot. Way better that the "This is the End" crap movie. So much better. Shame this wasn't able to take it's place in the theaters. The ending is perfect.
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Several youngish couples gather for a regular Sunday brunch with the one unattached woman in the group bringing along a new boyfriend. Meanwhile, several dirty bombs have been dropped on the city and America is under attack.

Such is the premise for this black comedy which mocks the mating and social habits of thirty-something suburbanites trying to maintain viable and interesting long-term relationships and marriages while beset by triviality and boredom. The movie is well-written and well-acted and often very funny. Despite the cosmic events going on outside the duct-taped semi-detatched where all the action takes place, these couples remain fixated on their indiscretions and infidelities.

Another couple who always show up late are refused admission and left to die on the doorstep. "You're so inconsiderate. You never come on time. People cook food to be eaten hot and you never come on time," the Julia Stiles character tells her friend outside who is breathing nerve gas.

The new boyfriend turns out to be a scary Christian fundamentalist. The ditzy new age vegan woman is just as shallow as she seems. The nerdy one who buys comic books on e-bay is convinced aliens are attacking. The math teacher who has been engaged for six years but never set a date wants to be a dope fiend.

It's different and very good.
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you don't see many of this type of movie any more. Seeing this, I'm not certain if that's a good or bad thing.

Here's the scoop. Four couples, some married some not, gather for a Sunday brunch. Before things get rolling stuff starts to happen. Cell phones, land lines, computers etc all go on the fritz. It turns out dirty bombs have been detonated in various cities across the country and it's but a few hours before these folks have left to live. So what do they do?

As I mentioned this is an absurdist comedy. You start by meeting these people and you get a feel for the dynamic in place. Tracy (Julia Stiles) is bringing her new boyfriend Glen (David Cross) to introduce him to the crew. Shane (Jeff Grace) is there with his fiance Hedy (America Ferrera). They've been engaged for four years with no wedding date in sight. Emma and Pete Mandrake are hosting but have not told their friends of their impending divorce. Lexi and Buck Kivel are present and seemed to have seduced most everyone else there. So when the word comes down on what has happened these folks don't react in a way I'd figure most folks would react. It were almost as though it didn't happen. The attendee's pretty much keep up with the small time, petty b.s. they'd begun with. I have to assume that writer/director Todd Berger is presenting this as a sign of our times. The Shane character is way too absorbed in comic book culture. When he gets the news of the bombings he's trying to determine how long it is before people "turn" (into the walking dead I presume). And the Mandrakes, even though they are divorcing, are upset because they find out during all this that each has had an affair with one of the Kivels. This is all so counter-intuitive. It was tough to digest. I liked it.
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I just watched this without really having heard or read much about it. And I have to say it was a truly pleasant surprise. The script is wonderfully sharp - the foibles of the characters are well drawn and the dialogue witty. Its a black comedy to be sure but hugely entertaining throughout. Highly recommended to anyone wanting to watch an intelligent and entertaining movie.
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This was a crazy dark comedy with pretty good acting. I have to say the cast was solid and you truly have to appreciate underlying humor otherwise this will be totally lost on you. As for the ending, don't expect anything...literally, don't expect anything. As it neared the end i started getting super nervous, thinking how the hec can this turn out? Well I usually dont like endings like that but for this movie it certainly seemed appropriate. If it's free watch it but i certainly would not pay money to do so or really recommend it to anyone else. I can take a bad or so so movie, i certainly won't recommend one.
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