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Between Us DVD Review

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The cast can’t quite salvage “Between Us.”

“Between Us” revolves around two young lovers (Henry and Dianne) who are looking to take their relationship to the next level. Unfortunately for them, their relationship has become strained to say the least. Not only are they quarreling amongst themselves, but they each become smitten by strangers they meet. Is their future together doomed or can they fix their relationship? That is the question.

“Between Us” could have been a poignant relationship drama about modern romance, commitment issues, and temptation. Instead, it feels like the type of uninspired indie film that tries way too hard to get its points across in an artistic way. To be fair, the cast (namely stars Olivia Thirby and Ben Feldman) do their best to make the material feel natualistic and convincing, but they can’t change the fact that writer Rafael Palacio Illingworth’s film is largely a forced and meandering character study that doesn’t bring much new to the table. Illingworth also never really gets to the heart of Henry and Dianne’s relationship and why they are drifting from one another. It all feels surface level and that’s a problem for a movie that attempts to be so heady.

On the plus side, the cast is certainly noteworthy. As mentioned above, the criminally underrated Olivia Thirby and Ben Feldman shine in the lead roles. Co-stars Adam Goldberg, Peter Bogdanovich, and Analeigh Tipton also provide memorable supporting roles here.


Presentation: 1.66:1. How does it look? A crisp standard definition transfer.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? While the dialogue and music sound fine, the track is pretty minimal.

The only extras are IFC Films trailers and a “Between Us” trailer.

April 27, 2017 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , ,

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