The Lather Effect
Movie Stats & Links
||Connie Britton, Tate Donovan,
William Mapother, Eric Stoltz, Ione Skye, and more!
||They'd be bored
because there are no fun colors.
||Only if she can
appreciate the song "Sister Christian."
||A couple of
Cool Things About the DVD
||It's a sort of
indie movie - they don't have the money for really cool
stuff, and the "cool" stuff on the DVD, well, you won't
really care about.
I have to say that there a few things that just bug the
hell out of me about the DVD "The Lather Effect," with one
of them being, simply, how in the hell did they clean up the
mess left in that house, after a blow-out of a party, in one
afternoon, especially being hungover as hell? Another issue
I had was that no where, simply, on the internet, is there
an explanation of what "the lather effect" is (sure, they
try to explain it during the movie, but they do a crappy
job). However, according to The Urban Dictionary, this movie
should have been called
"The Shampoo Effect"
because that seems to be the phrase they are actually
shooting for. Maybe there was a legal issue so the film
folks opted for "lather" instead of "shampoo," but in any
case, if you want a thinking movie with a lot of talk, that
is being touted in one review as "A ĎBig Chillí for
Generation X", and grew up in the 1980ís, you can probably
relate to at least some of the adult discussions going on
during "The Lather Effect."
The Lather Effect
A Movie/DVD Review
The movie premise is kind of simple: You grew up in the
1980ís, you are now in your 30ís, and what better place to
throw a blow-out, "remember when," kind of party than in a
house set to be sold in a couple of days. So our cast of
characters wake up the day after the party, the house is a
disaster, and now itís time for cleaning, reminiscing, and
maybe even explaining some secrets that have been kept
secret, eating at those keeping the secrets, for far too
long. Most of their lives have taken different paths, some
havenít grown up yet, some seem too adult for the room, yet
since they all are, or were friends, what the hell, after
the cleaning itís time for the small group of friends to
have one more party, for them, to iron out all of their
issues, and get on with their lives, with baggage from the
1980ís finally left behind.
"The Lather Effect" does have some cute moments, but
mostly itís a movie where "adult conversation" is supposed
to wrap us into the story of the lives of these people, but
for me, I really didnít care about most of them. The thing
is that for most of us who grew up in the 1980ís, well,
weíve already had that "get-together" moment, whether
drunken or not, and probably moved on. I have to admit that
I donít know how it relates to "The Big Chill," because,
well, I never saw "The Big Chill," but I do know the "Chill"
movie deals with college friends, which, I think, relates to
people on a totally different level.
If songs from a-ha, INXS, and Night Ranger mean anything
to you, there might be some appreciation for the "This is
the greatest song, ever!", thread, that permeates the DVD,
but for me, "Sister Christian" is so much better used in
"Boogie Nights." All I can say is that if you might be
looking for a DVD to rent where you have to listen to a lot
of dialogue, go ahead and put "The Lather Effect" on your
Netflix queue. Otherwise I just suggest you try to get
together with some of your old friends from high school, get
drunk, and relive years you probably are happy you have
Itís 2 stars out of 5 for "The Lather Effect" DVD, and
the extras on the DVD didnít really help much.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!