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Life Partners Blu-ray Review

Life Partners Blu-ray

“Life Partners” is a touching dramedy.

Paige (an environmental lawyer) and Sasha (a gay musician/receptionist) are single best friends. They talk about everything to each other and are seemingly inseparable. Their friendship begins to change, however, when Paige starts dating a dermatologist (Tim). With Paige become more and more attached to Tim, Sasha begins to feel left out. Worse yet, Sasha is struggling to find what she wants out of life. As the two go down separate paths, their friendship becomes strained. What will become of their once priceless friendship by the time the credits roll? That would be telling.

After a somewhat rocky start (which sees several jokes fall flat), “Life Partners” eventually settles in and becomes an engaging story about adulthood, responsibility, and friendships changing amidst relationships. All of this material could have potentially been sappy or overly Hollywoodized, but it thankfully never is as writers Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz create refreshingly honest female characters that aren’t remotely clichéd.

On the subject of female characters, it’s nice to see a story about women as there are not enough films these days with female centric stories.

Last, but not least, much of the film’s success is due to actresses Gillian Jacobs and Leighton Meester who play Paige and Sasha respectively. Not only do they have great chemistry together, but they make the characters their own.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? While a little too bright in spots, this is a good transfer overall.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Since this is largely a dialogue centric movie, the track doesn’t have to do. Still, it handles everything exceedingly well.

Extras:
* “Life Partners” trailer and other Magnolia trailers.
* An AXS TV featurette on the film.
* Two behind the scenes featurettes titled “Cast and Characters” and “Production and Costume Design.”

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April 21, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review |

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