January 19, 2008

Domestic Disturbance - $4

Domestic Disturbance can be found in the old section of your video store, it will probably have gone unrented for several months when you find it and you'll want to just leave it there to go unrented for at least one more night.

The story revolves around a divorced couple who's 12 year old son Danny is trying to come to terms with his mom getting remarried. The new stepdad is a local businessman who is widely respected in town but as we learn, he isn't the great guy he appears to be and Danny's real dad risks everything to protect his son from this man he does not trust.

In the end it's not that Domestic Disturbance is all that terrible. Travolta and Vince Vaughan both put in adequate performances as the dad and stepdad and the story is never boring. If you like cookie cutter thrillers you might even want to blow the dust off that old copy of Domestic Disturbance at your neighbourhood rental store and give it a try.

Here's the problem though, this is as predictable a movie as they come. The next plot twist is never really in doubt at any moment in the movie. Even the initial set up of the stepdad being a good guy is obviously preparing us for the "surprise" that he has a shady past.

I didn't hate Domestic Disturbance but I can't justify recommending it. I'm putting it on my 'Don't Watch It' list and giving it a slightly generous value of $4.


Bryce Ashlin-Mayo said...

You are generous...when I watched it, I found the story less then compelling, the pacing way off, the acting lacking and the "twist" painful.

Tony Tanti said...

It wasn't good but I didn't find it that bad. As I said, I don't recommend it but while not being amazed or impressed, I was never bored.

jon said...

i can't imagine i'll be wanting to watch travolta and vince vaughn in the same movie. they are hard to stomach on their own. thanks for the "throwback" review though.