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  • Actors: Tate Donovan, Ione Skye, Eric Stoltz, David Herman, William Mapother
  • Directors: Sarah Kelly
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010AN7MM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,974 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Lather Effect" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary
  • The Making of the Film
  • The Cameron Effect
  • The Importance of Being and Earnest PA

Editorial Reviews

If the '80s were the ultimate party, welcome to the hangover. The Lather Effect is an ensemble comedy about a group of high-school friends in their mid-30s who reunite for an out-of-control 'Come As You Were' weekend. But the morning after may expose that some flames still burn, certain secrets must be revealed, and the greatest song of all time is always up for debate.

Customer Reviews

I just happened to really dislike what the film was saying.
Andrew McCaffrey
In between this we are given glimpses at their characters through some snappy and some not so snappy dialogue.
Phantasmagoria
The music, not the characters and their endless conversation, made me feel nostalgic.
Lauryn Angel

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Louise Bagshawe on January 25, 2008
Format: DVD
This is a brilliant little film. Eric Stolz gives a blinding performance as the lead in what has been called a 'Big Chill' for 80's kids. It's the morning after a massive party, and the group of friends cleans house, revisting the previous night. It's pretty compelling if you're in your 20s-40s and wondering if you wound up with the right person, if life is set. The film manages to be bittersweet yet unpretentious and the script by Sarah Kelly and Tim Talbott is utterly hilarious. Wish there was a higher than five star rating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 1, 2008
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It's the day after an all-out Pali High reunion bash held at the home of one of the revelers, and so bring on the wicked, wicked hangovers. THE LATHER EFFECT opens up with longtime friends regrouping the morning after to chow down on deli cold cuts and to further reminisce. Lots of things to clean up and air out, as the party has left an indelible mark, not only on the ruined house itself but also on the participants. THE LATHER EFFECT is a dramedy of old friendships and lingering heartbreaks and nagging regrets, and there's lots and lots of talking. And, since this premise isn't exactly new, you probably already know where it's all heading.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George McAdams VINE VOICE on June 23, 2008
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"The Lather Effect" isn't a typical three star-rated movie,insofar as it went from trying to be a "A 'Big Chill' for Generation X!," as the banner across the front of the DVD case extolled, to being a credible movie about never being able to go back and relive those days of ones youth.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A.M.Boughey VINE VOICE on June 18, 2008
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Another tried and tested formula with a "now grown up" group revisiting their past at a reunion, but this is much better (and funnier) than "Old School" or other recent offerings.
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
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