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Bridget And Mary Jo: Short And Sweet! DVD Review

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“Bridget And Mary Jo: Short and Sweet!” delivers plenty of laughs.

For the past couple of years now, Bridget Nelson and Mary Jo Pehl have been teaming up to riff on short films, movies, and even VOD releases. Now, for the first time, they have received their own DVD release which contains a collection of 6 short films riffed by the dynamic duo.

The DVD kicks off with “The Maturing Woman” which is my favorite of the lot. The segmented educational short about aging, appearances and positivity was initially designed for discussion groups so, as you can imagine, it hasn’t exactly aged well at all. Naturally, Mary Jo and Bridget’s observations about this corny short prove to be quite funny, but the best parts here include the two inserting their own cheesy segments into the short. It’s a nice change of pace from the usual riffs.

“Marriage Is A Partnership” is a short about a young couple whose lives change when they start living together. The cheesy acting definitely lends itself to riffing and Mary Jo and Bridget’s riffing chemistry together really shines through here.

“Duties Of A Secretary” is another gem about a woman who secures a new secretary job and begins to have nightmares about failing at her work. Any of the jokes involving a new paragraph, carelessness and enclosures is sure to make you laugh here.

The Alabama set “The Prom: It’s A Pleasure” is presented by Coca-Cola and features the 1961 Junior Miss. The short is fairly forgettable, but the bits featuring Bridget and Mary Jo talking about their own prom (or lack thereof) were highlights to be sure.

“Naturally A Girl” almost riffs itself. It’s an awkward sex education short about puberty and menstration. The less said about this the better as the amusing riffs are best discovered on your own.

Last, but not least is the studio version of “The Griper.” While I preferred the live version seen in “Summer Shorts Beach Party,” this short about an annoying teen named George who gripes about everything is still entertaining.

In short (pun intended), the riffing by Bridget Nelson and Mary Jo Pehl is a nice change of pace from the releases by the standard RiffTrax trio of Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy. The joke telling style is refreshingly different and it’s also nice to get a female perspective for a change. The two have really great chemistry together as they tackle shorts that simply wouldn’t work being riffed by Mike, Kevin and Bill.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Fullscreen. How does it look? As you might expect, the shorts vary in quality, but for the most part, the quality is acceptable.

Audio Track: Unspecified Audio Track. How do they sound? Aside from some noticeable sound issues on “The Griper,” the audio on the shorts is pretty decent. The actual riffs are always crisp and clear which is what matters most.

No extras have been included.

The DVD is available to purchase here on RiffTrax.com: https://www.rifftrax.com/short-and-sweet

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December 17, 2017 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , ,

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