The Lather Effect
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Top Customer Reviews
The story centers on nine familiar characters, all thirty-somethings, all with issues crying out to be resolved, all clinging to the past (excepting Tate Donovan's practical, quasi-stuffy character). These cats are fine and dandy on the surface, but mostly messed up underneath. The actors, a cast of B-listers and unknowns, do a fine job fleshing out their characters, and it's not their fault that the story is unoriginal and the script mostly waterlogged with uninspired dialogue and telegraphed twists. THE LATHER EFFECT didn't keep me on the edge of the sofa, didn't make me go "Oh, snap!" - although I was mildly curious as to how things would turn out for several of the supporting characters, particularly the stunning, brainy, and promiscuous Katrina (Caitlin Keats) and the restless housewife Claire (Sarah Clarke, of 24). Eric Stoltz, who affects a surfer dude accent, walks away with the most interesting role honors, closely followed by Caitlin Keats (who is so sexy I'm very surprised she hasn't done more films). The central characters, I didn't care for as much. This suggests something uncomplimentary about the film.Read more ›
The cast, consisting of Connie Britton, Sarah Clarke, Tate Donovan, Peter Facinelli, David Herman, Caitlin Keats, William Mapother, Ione Skye and Eric Stoltz, were strong enough for this movie, but they never quite lifted it from being an "B" feature, because it was trying too hard to be "The Big Chill," and a couple of other movies, such as "Risky Business," et. al., but just didn't try to build on itself for the first 30 minutes.
Then, David Herman, as Corey, the "famous" one of the lot, makes a revelation that upends the dynamics of the group, and Connie Britton and William Mapother, as star-crossed lovers, are drawn together, again, and the other characters settled-down and build on themselves, as they are, rather than what they used to be.
The "Lather Effect," an "effect" that was explained as when the second application of shampoo is used (you know, shampoo, rinse and re-apply shampoo) the lather is thicker.... which, somehow, never worked out that way for me... I always thought it was just a way the shampoo folks had for getting you to use twice as much shampoo, but I digress. Give "The Lather Effect" a watch, but don't let the first 30 minutes defer you from a decent movie. Had the first 30 minutes been stronger, I would have given this movie four stars.
A great soundtrack of 80's classics is also well placed throughout the movie, but it's the characters, acting and emotion that really brings the movie to life.
The ensemble cast may not be considered current box office stars, but there are a lot of familiar faces in this picture, not least Eric Stolz, and former child star David Herman who are hilarious, and steal each scene respectively. It's a funny picture, but it's underpinned with a message of missed opportunity, youth, revisiting old times, and even pathos at times, as each character attempts to untie the knots in there respective life paths since last they met. Old relationships are revisited, old flames fanned, and many skeletons get an airing from the closet. I felt that it was all handled with a light touch by director Sarah Kelly who manages to keep the picture moving and injects levity strategically throughout.
I suspect that the people who will get the most from this movie are those that can remember the 80's and be of the same age as the characters. Some of the humor and situations may be lost on a younger viewers, and it isn't raucous or full of innuendo and cheap titillation, which in turn will probably mean it will not command a wide audience.
4 stars overall. Great Movie
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very entertaining movie. Girls in the house made me watch this one. They love it and watched it several times.Published on January 12, 2013 by Jeff Eudaley
I could relate to many of the characters and stories in this movie. I love how it portrays the reality of nostalgia: yeah, those were some great times, but sometimes our memories... Read morePublished on November 2, 2012 by Lana M. Powers
THE LATHER EFFECT features an outstanding cast of actors and a great 1980s soundtrack. The movie was marketed with the tagline of "A BIG CHILL for Generation X" and though the... Read morePublished on March 5, 2009 by tvtv3
I'm a huge fan of Connie Britton, so it was nice to see her get the lead in a film. She did a fantastic job as usual. I really enjoyed this movie. Read morePublished on November 27, 2008 by C. Nolan
I kept waiting for the story to pull together. For the characters to be people I care about. For some type of cinematic continuity that would bring me entertainment. Read morePublished on November 26, 2008 by C. A Scovel
A very light hearted 30-something drama that feels a bit like you just walked into these people lives. Read morePublished on September 15, 2008 by Cybele A. Baker
"The Latter Effect" starts off promising enough and has a very good cast. The film though quickly falls apart due to cliched writing and direction. Read morePublished on September 7, 2008 by Wayne Klein
If you're a child of the 80s, and ever waxed nostalgic for Risky Business, remember when Madonna was edgy and fresh, and would see anything by John Hughes, this is a must see. Read morePublished on August 27, 2008 by J. A. Brown