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Meet Bill (2008)

Aaron Eckhart , Timothy Olyphant , Bernie Goldmann , Melissa Wallack  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Aaron Eckhart, Timothy Olyphant, Jessica Alba, Marisa Coughlan, Elizabeth Banks
  • Directors: Bernie Goldmann, Melissa Wallack
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015XHQVW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,330 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Meet Bill (Aaron Eckhart) - a doormat if ever there was one. A man reduced to a mere accessory to his family by working a dead end job at his father-in law s bank and arguing about his overindulgent love for chocolate with his wife Jess (Elizabeth Banks) who is loathe to explain her friendship with the local news anchorman (Timothy Olyphant). But Bill's fate begins to change when he becomes mentor to a self-assured boy (Logan Lerman) who engineers Bill s recovery with the help of a cute lingerie sales girl named Lucy (Jessica Alba). Together, the trio confronts Bill s hapless life with humor and energy while forcing him to capture his dream of being financially independent and self-confident. MEET BILL is a film about what it means to let go of your inhibitions and find the path you re destined for.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars the DVD is short April 11, 2002
The DVD is not up to the same standards as the VHS tape. It is shorter and is only pan and scan. Usually movies for rental are P&S. Collectors of movies want widescreen and full length (at least what was seen on the big screen).I liked this movie but I am [not happy] that they would release a less that optimal version on DVD. The VHS version is only P&S but atleast the whole movie is there.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Starts Good, Flops At The End September 13, 2008
Meet Bill is the story of Bill (played by Aaron Eckhart), a man who is quickly realizing that his wife, weight, job and life are all out of control. His wife is cheating, his stomach is growing, his job is pointless, and he wants more out of life than what he has.

During a random encounter, Bill meets high school student known only as The Kid (played by Logan Lerman), and it is here that the story takes off.

Meet Bill starts off with a bang. We are instantly pulled into the life of Bill, can sympathize with him, and want the best for him. The movie shows great potential for the first 45 minutes as we meet the other cast of characters in Bill's life. We can sympathize with Bill, and ultimately feel good about cheering him on.

But then, somewhere halfway through this film, it unravels. Scenes start to feel pointless. The story meanders, and feels like the writers knew where it would take off, but not how it should land. The pacing becomes a slow, dull crawl. And at the end of the movie, in the last five minutes,
Bill completely falls out of character and decides to shirk everything the movie has built up to, and become a wandering nomad.

The actors do an amazing job with what they are given to work with, and I cannot fault any of them. Each actor threads the film together with great depth. Unfortunately the script doesn't give them much to hold together.

And ultimately, I felt empty as the credits rolled.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's hard to beleive that Fox would do Pan and Scan! November 8, 2001
What a disappointment it is to hear that this, a 2.35:1 film will be released as a pan and scan DVD. And by Fox of all studios. This is a cool Dolph movie that had a great atmosphere to it but you won't feel it in the cropped confines of 1.33:1. Why they would remaster it with a Dolby 5.1 soundtrack and not even bother to present it in it's OAR is beyond me.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars stylish action May 22, 2004
By A Customer
The beginning scene is strange, with Dolph exiting his street-level apartment with his "violin", as if he is about to go amble over to work , in some forgotten, quiet, mill town. The setting is strange..., a huge, modern skyscraper, again, in the middle of an unnaturally quiet city.
Summed up, the movie does not really make sense-yet I still enjoyed the action and sarcastic remarks. Dolph's war weary mercenary character seemed improbable ( why keep working for the "corporation", if you continually refuse to do the dirty work--do they have some unmentioned black mail on him? An explanation would have been nice ).
It is a dark movie and makes no apologies for that, right up to the ambiguous ending.
On an unfortunate note, if you are a fan of the movie ( I am ), then you will be disappointed by the lack of wide screen, and by the missing scenes. We could hope for a director's cut release, but the general lack of popularity of this movie might preclude that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it! June 23, 2013
By afzwin
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I liked the story line. Everyone can relate to feeling a little shmucky at times... and Aaron Eckhart plays it great. I really enjoyed the story line where he slowly starts regaining control of his life. Really enjoyed it.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Work Sucks" and Other Lively Lessons July 19, 2008
In `Meet Bill' Aaron Eckhart once again expands his career repertoire with a role we're accustomed to seeing Steve Carell play. As partial as I am to both actors, it's refreshing to see him play the fumbling underdog, closer to Carell's performance in `Dan in Real Life'. Too bad this sitcom worthy movie has little else to commend it. There are original, quirky elements, but the screwball execution is spotty for laughs and disjointed in parts.

Bill is in a middle-aged rut. Dependent on his wife Jess (Elizabeth Banks), he works as head of human relations at his father-in-law's bank. Jess looks healthy. She wears workout apparel and continually tries to prod Bill to adhere to his doctor's diet, one that eschews his coveted donut fix. At work he is like a dog on a leash. Not thrilled to begin with working under his father-in-law, Bill hates it when he's proposed to join their mentor program. He meets "the kid" (Logan Lerman) he's supposed to mentor in the bathroom, where Bill helps him hide the marijuana he flushes down the toilet before his school liaison catches him. Next, not only does he have to mentor "the kid," he has to go duck hunting with his in-laws and their sponsored teens. Being an animal lover, he becomes an awful shot, but provides some of the best laughs of the movie.

Getting chubby, the hubby suspects Jess is having an affair. Planting a camera beneath a translucent hat, he catches her in adultery with a local news reporter, Chip Johnson (Timothy Olyphant). Things go from bad to worse as Bill goes after Chip and the media gets a hold of the infidelity caught on tape.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars nice to watch and love owning it
for someone who likes Dolph Lundgren this is one of his movies, nice to watch and love owning it
Published 2 months ago by manatee
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Kinda boring
Published 3 months ago by Jacky
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Saw it before I ordered
Published 4 months ago by From The Heart Elder Care
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet Bill and his Teen Sidekick.
Mid life crisis and anal wife lead Bill to an adventure and discovery of his life. You can teach an old dog new tricks, problem is he won't do the old ones anymore.
Published 4 months ago by Danny Waggoner
2.0 out of 5 stars I`m seeking a version in english and 2.35:1 widescreen
every audio tracks were in italian,even when it says behind on the cover that it has an audio track in "english stereo" not good.but its the only version in widescreen
Published 6 months ago by andreas myhre
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun as a no brainer (that's a compliment) but was truly bothered by...
For a tired night where I just wanted to be entertained, this movie was light-hearted and fun and had some good scenes. Read more
Published 8 months ago by luvinliving
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Of course Aaron Eckart can be funny. This was a weird but funny movie. Logan Lerman, the sidekick kid, is a great actor and did great in this one.
Published 8 months ago by Misterbanks
1.0 out of 5 stars CD doesn't work on numerous laptops, have to exchange for new one
The CD did not work on various laptops, Now I have to wait to exchange for a new one. Will change rating once I receive a working copy.
Published 10 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie a lot
One of Aaron Eckharts best! We watched it twice already... lots of witty humor. You know what else? Gorillas are really cool they have like 7 or 8 wives (lady gorillas) and they... Read more
Published 13 months ago by William Ruhl
2.0 out of 5 stars Very boring
This movie was slow and un original. I kept hoping it would get better but it did not improve at all.
Published 13 months ago by Essford
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