Matthew McConaughey keeps getting older, but his romantic comedies stay about the same (his latest, 'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,' streets today). Also new: Is Seth Rogen hilarious, demented or both in 'Observe and Report'? Get the full scoop on this week's DVD releases, plus our recommendations from weeks' past. span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past'
What It's About: Matthew McConaughey is a bachelor with serious mojo, a cool job, awesome hair, a better tan, and few discernable amiable or redeemable qualities who, at his brother's wedding, is given a whirlwind tour of all the women he's destroyed, including the clear "keeper" (Jennifer Garner).
It's Kind of Like: 'A Christmas Carol' meets 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days'
What Critics Say: Remaking a 'Christmas Carol' as a contemporary comedy is a brilliant idea ... if it's 1988 and your name's Bill Murray. Critics lined up to trash this "unoriginal," "formulaic" and "junky-looking" retread, with the summer release earning a 27 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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'Observe and Report'
What It's About: One seriously (hilariously?) demented mall cop (a chunkier-than-ever Seth Rogen) patrols the floors of his suburban shopping precinct, where he crushes on a vapid makeup girl (Anna Faris) and hunts a serial flasher terrorizing the customers.
It's Kind of Like: 'Paul Blart' meets 'Taxi Driver'
What We Say: Not your average Apatowish work, this twisted comedy takes the violence and darkness of 'Tropic Thunder' and 'Pineapple Express' to new, sometimes disturbing heights. It has some pretty damn funny moments -- but pushing all sorts of envelopes, it will most likely make you feel guilty (and perhaps a bit icky) in the morning.
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What It's About: Brothers Scott and Jimmy Bartlett (perfectly cast brothers Rory and Kieran Culkin) watch as their family unravels at the seams in late-1970s Long Island.
It's Kind of Like: 'American Beauty' or 'The Ice Storm' on Long Island
What We Say: Suburban dysfunctional family dramas have been played out belief, but this directorial debut by Derick Martini manages to breathe fresh life into the subgenre. Alec Baldwin, feeling right at home in LI, is unsurprisingly superb as pops Bartlett.
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Other September 22 DVD Releases:
'Battle For Terra'
'Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins'
New on Blu-ray:
'Shaun of the Dead'
'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan'
Recent DVD Recommendations
Check out previous weeks' DVD releases that get our seal of approval, including 'I Love You, Man' and 'Coraline.'
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