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Director D.J. Caruso and actors Shia LaBeouf and Sarah Roemer
Rating:6.6/10 (8 votes) [
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Reviewed by TheMovieman on August 5th, 2007
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Good commentary but Caruso does repeat some little tid bits like filming in three different locations. It's not informative, just a fun and informal track interrupted with cell phones and the occasional chat about food.
Reviewed by pennylane520 on September 11th, 2007
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Good but not fantastic. There is a lot of information given, but feels kind of repetitive. It can be interesting though, learning about when they were actually filming in a neighborhood, when they were on a set, and when Shia and the other actors were reacting to nothing. It shows what a great performance he gave. These people work together well, and there are some funny moments.
Reviewed by The Cubist on September 12th, 2007
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Caruso answers a call from his wife early on to take an order of stuff to pick up afterwards which kinda sets the tone for this track. I mean, c’mon! At least have the forethought to turn off your phone beforehand. It is this lack of commitment which, in turn, makes you not really care about what’s being said...which ain’t much in all truthfulness. Caruso repeatedly comments on how fine Roemer looks in a bikini and points out an actor who appears in most of his films for “two of his fans.” At one point, all the participants count how many times LaBeouf’s character says, “Shit” in a scene. Avoid at all costs.
Reviewed by peterson28 on January 29th, 2009
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This is an ok commentary but i find director D.J. Caruso very weird towards Sarah Roemer.
Reviewed by TylerMirage on January 25th, 2017
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I have to echo several points brought up by the other reviewers here.
Caruso's phone rings at least four times during the recording and there's an audible text notification as well, which is pretty shocking when you consider that the track is basically interrupted FIVE times in a 90 minute movie. Come on, commentary recordings have rules about not singing licensed songs, not referencing certain movies or actors by name, not saying certain explitives, and yet there's no official rule about turning off your gosh-darn cell phone?
We get it, Sarah looks good in her bathing suit, but you can only crack so many jokes about it before it gets weird.
However, with all of that said, I did actually enjoy this track. It had been a while since I'd seen the movie, and both the movie and commentary track took me back to the days when Shia was a promising up-and-coming actor (instead of a crazy person, ha ha). He talks about his process, working with Sarah and David Morse, reacting to nothing and more.
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