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Ghost Canyon

'She Wants Me'
(Hillary Duff, Josh Gad, Kristen Ruhlin, Charlie Sheen, et al / DVD / NR / 2012 / Grand Entertainment Group, LLC)

Overview: A neurotic writer working on his new film gets into a tricky situation when an A-list actress shows interest in the role intended for his girlfriend.

DVD Verdict: OK, well, this movie could honestly, from my own personal perspective have two vastly differing reviews done for it! The first would be positive, the second negative. But, as I actually enjoyed its original approach and storytelling aspects, I will swing more heavily on the positive side of things - but give the negative some air too, of course.

Our hero, Sam Baum (Josh Gad - 'Back To You') has already written, had filmed, and then had a small theatre run for his very first script, but working on this follow up is now a little harder to accomplish. His gilfriend Sammy Kingston (Kristen Ruhlin - 'One Life to Live') is unemployed and she has run into her ex-husband after many years in the park jogging.

Played shirtlessly by Johnny Messner ('G.I. Joe: Renegades'), John worms his way back into her life, and into their house as a roomie! So, Sam does the one thing that might affirm is relationship with Sammy and offers her the lead role in his still-to-be-written film. The trouble is the same day he does that one of his friends, Max (Aaron Yoo) runs into starlet Kim Powers (Hilary Duff) and talks her into reading the script - which she loves and wants to do!

Told as little vignettes carefully woven together to still be fluid enough that the spoken narrative from Sam doesn't come over as a mockumentary, 'She Wants Me' (at times a statement of fact, but then also a question) is a happy, going sad, expectedly coming back to happy film that doesn't exactly get Oscar all polished up - but does provide a warm heart glow once finished.

As for the negative side of things, I'm not going to poo-poo it too badly, but saying Charlie Sheen is in it (and giving him a lot of billing room for it too) is just Hollywood b/s at its finest! He appears in two (quick) scenes, both seemingly off script, and both include him (we can only imagine) soaked inwardly with Tiger Blood! Duff as the starlet phones her role in, but manages to convey the close-to-her-own-heart character to a tee. And the DVD cover is just plain bad! Whoever thought that shooting it with Rulins back to the camera was going to be the way to go should be removed from their job - immediately!

In closing, Rulin is wonderful in her unglamorous role, but Gad takes the honors for a role undertaken that could so easily have left this film on the shelf; unwanted and unknown. This is a Widescreen Presentation 1.77:1 enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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