Straight A's [Blu-ray]
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The script is somewhat formulaic with a slight twist on the end. Good acting, slow at times.
Parental Guide: F-bombs. No sex or nudity. Paquin in a sexy sando shirt showing side breast, cleavage and high beams. Personally my low brow tastes liked "Uncle Buck" better. Worth a rental.
It's been years since I've seen a movie with Ryan Phillippe that I would watch and this is one. Luke Wilson has always been a favorite of mine. And Anna Paquin has always been an actress that I've wavered whether I love or dislike her. The casting was perfectly done.
Ryan as the irresponsible, wandering brother - the black sheep of the family who's been gone for 8+ years. Luke as the perfect husband/provider (the opposite of his brother) who is contemplating divorcing his wife. And lastly, Anna as the woman who has loved both brothers. At first, the younger one Scott and after he left due to a fallout with his father; then she fell for William.
Katherine and William have a marriage that is perfect on the outside; not so much on the inside. Katherine is too busy to spend time with her children or family. Instead, the duties of child-rearing and caring for the house are foisted onto a maid. William is always out of town, a fact that is recognized by Katherine's "so-called" friends.
When Scott shows up after a long absence, he turns their world inside out and manages to bring Katherine, William, and their children back together. Be prepared to shed a few tears at the end.
Here's the scoop. William (Luke Wilson) is in the high-level real estate game. His wife Katherine (Anna Paquin) does the society thing in and around town while distancing herself from her two young children, both who have issues. William's black-sheep brother Scott (Ryan Phillippe) rides up on a horse with a boatload of booze and pills and turns everything topsy turvy. But, in his own way he reveals to them they may have a good lifestyle but they're far from having good lives.
I can't say there are a lot of surprises here. You see the set-up early on and you're pretty well assured where things are headed. A few things do happen that are unexpected but nothing that alters the destination. What is going on here is the acting. Luke Wilson has a natural presence in front of the camera and he's decent here as is Anna Paquin. The big surprise for me was Ryan Phillippe. I'm not a big fan of his which almost caused me to pass this one by, but, for my dollar, he was what was happening here. The way he stands, walks, his voice and his southern accent all add up to a really good character. This is shot well with some nice scenes showing the Northern Louisiana bayou area. It has decent production values for an indy film and it sports a nice musical score.
This isn't quite worth the 4 stars I gave it, mostly due to its derivative nature. But they play the cards well enough entertain their audience.
The bright lights are the children, mysterious and surprising, accepting of the unconventional which their parents stridently reject. The ending seems artificial, a twist to remove the unrequited love of the lost brother for the solid renewal of the Luke Wilson/Anna Paquin marriage. In total, interesting but not compelling enough to recommend to friends and family.
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This movie starts out VERY slow... I was ready to shut it off at about 45 minutes in. Typical black-sheep returns to family movie at first. Read morePublished 8 months ago by SET67
"Straight A's" is a wonderful romantic comedy from 2013. It is an
excellent product from Millennium and it is currently available on
NetFlix Instant Download... Read more
Huge fan of Ryan Phillippe so my rating of the movie is probably inflated. It was an ok story.Published 10 months ago by Robert Long
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