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The Lovebirds DVD Review

Nothing to love about “The Lovebirds.”

In 2020’s “The Lovebirds” the story revolves around a couple (Jibran and Leilani) whose relationship is waning to say the least. While off to a dinner party, their world is turned upside down when they accidentally hit a bicyclist who is fleeing a police officer. The cop eventually kills the cyclist right in front of them and turns his gun on the couple, but they manage to escape. From there on out, their night becomes a perilous one as they try to evade death, find the killer and clear their names.

At one point, “The Lovebirds” was bound for theaters before Netflix acquired the film last year. How this movie was ever conceived as a theatrical release, I will never know. “The Lovebirds” (which is indeed extremely similar to “Date Night) is a colossal waste of talent. Issae Rae and Kumail Nanjiani (both of whom give it their all here) are both undeniably talented rising stars that are known for largely comedic roles (although they are both branching out). So how then did they get stuck in such a woefully unfunny comedic vehicle? It’s all very baffling, but what’s even more baffling is just how painful of a watch this Michael Showalter directed movie about finding love through hardships is.

The main crux of the film’s issues come from the script by Aaron Abrams and Brendan Gall. Not only is the story derivative, but it tries so desperately to be hip and funny. Alas, virtually every joke lands with a giant thud as the characters bicker and get caught up in antics involving a unicorn hoodie and an orgy. Rae and Nanjiani deserved so much better.

Note: This DVD contains the theatrical cut and the 8 minute longer unrated version.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen. How does it look? The film looks satisfactory in standard definition. For those wondering, this title is also available on Blu-ray.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? It does the job.
Extras:
* Digital copy
* 2 deleted scenes
* A 3 minute gag reel
* “Line-O-Rama”- 6 minutes of alternate lines.
* “The Art Of Compromise With Issa And Kumail”- The 2 cast members talk about their characters and relationships. Set footage is also included.
* “The Lovebirds Quiz”- Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani take the test.
* “Lovebirds On The Spot”- A Q&A with Rae and Nanjiani. 

June 5, 2021 - Posted by | DVD review | , , ,

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