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My Own Worst Enemy: The Complete Series

4.3 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews

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Henry (Christian Slater) is a middle-class efficiency expert living a humdrum life in the suburbs with his wife, kids, dog, and a minivan. Edward (Slater) is an operative who speaks 13 languages, runs a four-minute mile, and is trained to kill. The one thing Henry and Edward have in common is they share the same body. But when the carefully constructed wall between them breaks down, these polar opposites are thrust into unfamiliar territory where each man is dangerously out of his element. Also starring Alfre Woodard (Desperate Housewives), Mike O’Malley (Yes Dear), Mädchen Amick (Gossip Girl) and Taylor Lautner (Twilight), plus powerful guest stars such as James Cromwell (LA Confidential).

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  • Actors: Christian Slater, Alfre Woodard, Mike O'Malley, Saffron Burrows, Madchen Amick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 381 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QE99BA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,229 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Own Worst Enemy: The Complete Series" on IMDb

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380 minutes of running time means these discs include only the original 9 episodes that already aired on television. Even these producers didn't have the kahonies to produce a conclusion to satisfy their diehard fans whom one would assume would gobble up this set at a chance to get some answers. If even they don't have faith in their own product, then I will keep my $20 (+shipping) and just watch the episodes I have recorded on my Apple TV. I'm really disappointed in NBC for canceling it in the first place, and in the show's producers for not producing a conclusion to include in the DVD. Shame on all of you!

I loved this show, but this DVD set is a real disappointment.
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It was good seeing Christian Slater on-screen again. I looked forward to this show every week. There was a little suspense with each show as to when and under what situation that mild-mannered Henry would appear when hitman Edward would be in the middle of doing what he does. Definitely should still be on the air. Reminds me of when New York Undercover was taken off the air.

Some of us DO enjoy non-silly programming and prefer shows of substance. Can we start a petition to bring it back?
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Christian Slater has had a knack through his career of landing in too many so-so movies. It is nice to see at this stage of his career he turns in one of his best performances. The supporting cast is good with Mike O'Malley being especially interesting. The budget seems to be decent.

Like the somewhat similar British series Jekyll the most interesting aspect of the series is the conflict between two apparently separate people inhabiting the same body. Edward, the Bond-like spy, is ruthless, and Henry, the family man, has never handled a gun. They do not seem to care much for each other but as they only have one body they find they must work together to stay alive. Everything was fine until Henry, previously unaware of Edward, discovers Edward's existance in the first episode. That they now switch back and forth at any moment is the tale.

The last episode appeared to be working its way to a conclusion, but in the final two minutes they throw a curve. The show is good, worth watching on its own, but it would be nice to see a second season.
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One of only a few decent shows by the network in YEARS and YEARS and it's cancelled. I don't get it. Great show, great acting, wierd premise but acted in a believable way. I don't usually like that wacko government is evil etc story lines but this was a great show!!!!!
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I LOVE this series. I HATE the way the "suits" let this end. 5 stars for the series... ZERO stars for the "SUITS"! It was such a disappointment to see the episodes again and see the story heat up, only to be kicked in the teeth by corporate greed at the end... This isn't even a cliffhanger... this is just waking up in the middle of a dream and never knowing the whole story...
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Yes, a great show canceled. I had hoped for new shows that were not aired or some conclusion or promises of a movie, but no. I will keep watching the 9 episodes that I recorded.
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Well, I guess it's my fault this show was cancelled. Because I found it to be so daringly original and liked it so much.... Which nearly always seems to be the kiss of death for shows that have that impact on me, going back to Nowhere Man, Due South, Keene Eddie, and more recently The Black Donnellys.
I spose I'd be much happier if I could get into something less challenging, like Jerry Springer or those "reality" shows maybe.
But I just don't seem to have the right sensibilty.

Too bad, cuz in some ways it's a curse, really.

Hey, maybe if I offered my head up to be kicked by a horse.
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This was a fun little series that was cancelled before its time. It is interesting to see similar (but less exciting) dual-life concept shows still popping up in television today ("Awake", "Lone Star", etc). Most of the fun in this tv series comes from the "fish out of water" scenarios as domestic Henry often "wakes-up" in the middle of Edward's spy missions and vice versa as Edward "wakes-up" in Henry's domestic life. Henry stumbles through Edward's dangerous spygame life using his nice-guy personality to somehow win over informants and KGB spies alike while maintaining national security. Similarly, Edward puts his spy knowledge to good use in Henry's life (for example, Edward's carefully honed bedplay skills are put to good use with Henry's wife to inadvertently help save his marriage and Edward's encouragement of his son's martial arts abilities help him bond with his son). Both Christian Slater and Mike O'Mally do a fairly good job of differentiating each personality so that we can tell who they are playing despite the lack of external cues. For example, at the start of the episode or an act break, Slater would have to manage to convey which character he is playing (Edward or Henry) often without any exposition or visual cues. The audience must tell strictly from the characters' facial expressions and body language alone. This is not always successful, but for the most part Slater and O'Mally do a fantastic job and some of these episodes are a real testament to their acting ability.

Episodes are currently (as of April 2012) available on Hulu in the US but if you are looking for something to watch on the go (an overseas business trip) or want to introduce a friend to a fun little series as a gift (and then discuss potential outcomes of the unrequited cliffhanger ending) pick it up and give it a go.
Trivia: It may be also interesting to watch a young(er?) Taylor Lautner (aka "Jacob from Twilight") pop up now and then as Henry's son.
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