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The Lather Effect (2006)

Tate Donovan , Ione Skye , Sarah Kelly  |  NR |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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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: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010AN7MM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,554 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.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the sharpest comedies around 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
1.0 out of 5 stars The YAWN Effect June 6, 2008
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In reading the backside of the DVD, I was excited to watch The Lather Effect! Unfortunately, I was bored to tears throughout it.

This is about the day after a high school reunion party. They are all in their 30's now and they show up to the reunion as they used to look. Seems some of them came as they used to be as well - immature!

They wake up at a house that is torn apart, they are all nursing hangovers - or still drunk, and they reminisce about the way things were, what happened all those years ago, etc. They decide they need another night of the fun; which added up to pure boredom for me.

Being a 30-something myself, I really thought I would love this movie. But the music was the only thing I found myself enjoying.

The cast includes Tate Donovan, Ione Skye, Eric Stoltz, David Herman, William Mapother, Connie Britton, Peter Facinelli, Sarah Clarke, Caitlin Keats, Eric Haase, Dominic Kelly, and Sarah Kelly. The DVD also includes a commentary, a few featurettes, and deleted scenes.

I cannot recommend this movie. Unless of course you are trying to fall asleep.

- 1smileycat :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, the soundtrack is pretty good... 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
3.0 out of 5 stars "The Lather Effect" is Deja Vu all Over, Again 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie, but not "The Big Chill" for the 80's June 19, 2008
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This was a pleasant movie that showcased some interesting characters and dropped them in a bit of a contrived situation. However, it was not "The Big Chill" for those of us graduating school in the 80's. I'll grant you that there were some interesting choices made with characters, such as Eric Stolz's, in that he was not supposed to be a contemporary of the rest of the cast, but rather a bit older and a bit of a joke even when they'd been in school and yet now he'd reached a point where he was accepted by the "gang". I liked that the women who had the hots for the stud way back when didn't go forward with meeting him, because you can't go back and it made a point of that.

On the whole, though, it just seemed a bit light. It wasn't as deep or meaningful as it could have been. There was much ground they could have covered with the characters, such as Peter Facinelli's - the kid brother who they all believe is selling dope out of the basement - but it just wasn't mined.

Good, but not a full meal - so to speak.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Movie!
Very entertaining movie. Girls in the house made me watch this one. They love it and watched it several times.
Published 18 months ago by Jeff Eudaley
5.0 out of 5 stars The yin/yang of nostalgia
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 more
Published 21 months ago by Lana M. Powers
3.0 out of 5 stars Waxing 1980s Nostalgia
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 more
Published on March 5, 2009 by tvtv3
5.0 out of 5 stars The Connie Effect
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 more
Published on November 27, 2008 by C. Nolan
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Even Entertaining
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 more
Published on November 26, 2008 by C. A Scovel
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun with some plot issues
A very light hearted 30-something drama that feels a bit like you just walked into these people lives. Read more
Published on September 15, 2008 by Cybele A. Baker
2.0 out of 5 stars Light and frothy with as much substance and entertainment value
"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 more
Published on September 7, 2008 by Wayne Klein
4.0 out of 5 stars Come as you were... the morning after
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 more
Published on August 27, 2008 by J. A. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting case study...
As my title says this film is a typical case study of a group of friends reuniting after spending x amount of years apart.

Everyone has a group of high school friends. Read more
Published on August 21, 2008 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars a movie for the 80s generation
Val (36) throws one last party at the house where she grew up. It's being sold by her parents and it's the last chance for everybody she grew up with in the 80s to get together... Read more
Published on July 16, 2008 by Margaux Paschke
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