Screening Room Home Video Edition: “The Campaign,” “Ruby Sparks,” “Safety Not Guaranteed”

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Kansas City, MO --
Here's what's new on DVD or available for digital download on October 30th.

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifanakis play rival Republican congressional candidates in the shameless, excessively vulgar but often funny R-rated farce, “The Campaign.” Although it’s very uneven, this silly and cartoonish farce will make you laugh…and probably cringe. While it often goes too far, it effectively lampoons the silliness of our screwy political system.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags


A young writer mystically conjures up the woman of his dreams in the smart and disarming romantic fantasy, “Ruby Sparks.” Paul Dano plays the writer and Zoe Kazan, who wrote the terrific screenplay, plays the woman who springs to life from his typewriter. This witty fantasy plays a bit like an old Woody Allen movie rebooted for contemporary audiences. “Ruby Sparks” is a refreshing rom-com with a winsome charm.

I think that it's the best romantic comedy of the year, So I'm giving "Ruby Sparks" four popcorn bags.

RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags


The makers of "Little Miss Sunshine" are back with yet another offbeat and quirky comedy called "Safety Not Guaranteed." Like its predecessor, "Safety Not Guaranteed" was an award winner at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Aubrey Plaza from TV's "Parks and Recreation" stars as an intern at a Seattle magazine. Her assignment is to investigate a man who placed a classified ad seeking someone to go with him on a time travel not guaranteed. Aubrey tracks down Mark Duplass, a grocery store employee and eccentric backyard scientist. While she initially thinks he's a paranoid nut case, she slowly begins to believe that he may be onto something...and an unlikely romance blossoms. 

This modest little comedy won't be everybody's cup of tea, but it's whimsical and smartly written and generates a surprising amount of charm.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: no review

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