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Say it Isn't So (Rental)
20th Century Fox/20th Century Fox . R4 . COLOR . 100 mins . M . PAL

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Say It Isnít So is the Farrelly brothers at their best and worst. This is perhaps their grossest movie yet, but in terms of storyline and interest it is possibly their worst, as Iíll explain below.

Chris Klein plays Gilly, a hick town dog catcher with no love in his life, well that is until he meets Jo (Heather Graham) who is a hick-town hairdresser with a reputation for bad cuts and lost ears. Their paths cross and love blossoms, this is until they find out that they are brother and sister, only minutes after consummating their relationship. Of course in a small hick town news of a sister-screwer travels fast and furiously, which quickly makes Gilly the laughing stock of the shire.

Meanwhile, Jo has fled the state and is about to get married to a rich, but crooked, millionaire. Gilly finds out that he is not Joís sister and sets out on a road trip to tell her the truth. Unfortunately for Gilly the whole town is against him, including Joís parents, her real brother, and almost everybody he meets. His only assistance comes from a legless pilot who is played by Orlando Jones, the only cast member able to put in an acceptable performance.

Overall the movie is typical Farrelly brothers material, but without any real magic to hold it all together. The storyline had potential, but the occasional gross-outs were too few and far between to really make this one a classic. There really are some great laughs to be had from this movie but compared to such other Farrelly productions like Something about Mary this one just feels second rate.

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The video transfer on this disc is quite attractive, without any major faults or distractions. Being only a recent release there are very few film artefacts and the detail is quite sharp and well presented. Being presented with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 this film is enhanced for widescreen televisions and is generally quite good. Aliasing isnít a concern, nor is shadow detail, and the colours are generally well rendered and realistic. Although the colours arenít as vibrant and brilliant as some other recent films, they do come up looking appropriate and at the same level as they were designed to be at without any saturation.

The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 at 384Kb/s. The dialogue is in the most part quite clear, although if Chris Klein was taught to pronunciate a little more clearly this would have helped. The surround channels help add some depth to the soundtrack and the subwoofer is put to good use, but mainly during the backing of the musical score and a few other key scenes. There are no audio sync problems and the soundtrack is generally without any major fault.

There are no extras on this disc apart from three theatrical trailers for Monkey Bone, Dr. Doolittle 2 and Moulin Rouge. The downside to this however is that they are played automatically when the disc is inserted and canít be selected via the rather dull looking menu system. I assume this only occurs because this disc is currently rental only, and is an ingenious idea by Fox Studios to incorporate theatrical trailers onto rental DVDs like they still do on all rental VHS tapes. This appears to be a first for region 4, and unlike some region 1 Disney titles these advertisements can be skipped by pressing the Ďmenuí button on your DVD remote control. This is an interesting addition that isnít terribly annoying as long as you can skip to the menu, even though having the trailers displayed on the menu instead would have been preferred.

Overall Say It Isnít So is a rather mediocre effort at an over-saturated film genre. As a tongue in cheek gross out film it achieves some great laughs, but as a classic Farrelly brothers production it stands as being nothing special. For a rental only this disc may well be worth checking out as it is sure to provide at least a few laughs to those who arenít easily offended.


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  •   And I quote...
    "For those who like some tasteless humour, this rental-only disc is definitely worth checking out..."
    - Nathan Clark
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