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Living Out Loud (1998)

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Commentary 1: Writer/director Richard LaGravenese Rating:10.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Bakersfield on July 9th, 2016:Find all reviews by Bakersfield
For me, "Living Out Loud" is without a doubt the perfect romantic dramedy. Easily one of my all time-favorite movies. So as you can imagine I was really, really looking forward to the commentary by Richard LaGravenese (finally got the DVD through Amazon).

Thankfully, the track itself was pretty much what I expected it to be. Thanks to "Freedom Writers" I knew beforehand that LaGravenese can deliver a strong, informative commentary, and with "Living Out Loud" he certainly did not disappoint. Despite the fact that on this one he's flying solo.

The main focus of the commentary is the actual creation of the production. No boring side stories, no mumbling. This was a directorial debut for LaGravenese (he also wrote the screenplay), and he spends enough time talking about that very fact and also about the many challenges of creating a motion picture.

Working with the actors, writing the screenplay, shaping up the characters and the story - he talks about it all. Truth be told, I would've liked for him to talk a little bit more about the great locations and sets they had, but oh well, I'm not complaining. It is what it is.

Can't recall much dead air and IMO the track floats nicely. Yes, as a whole, the commentary is not really something groundbreaking, but for me, as a huge fan of the movie and the people involved, it worked. So I would recommend it mainly to those who consider themselves fans of the movie.