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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Obsessed'
(Beyoncé Knowles, Idris Elba, Ali Larter, Jerry O'Connell, Bonnie Perlman, et al / DVD / PG-13 / 2009 / Sony Pictures)

Overview: A successful asset manager who has just received a huge promotion is blissfully happy in his career and in his marriage. But a temp worker starts stalking him all the things hes worked so hard for are placed in jeopardy.

DVD Verdict: First of all I have to admit that even during the opening credits where there where showing scenes of Idris Alba and Beyonce Knowles moving into their fixer-upper dream house, my friend and I knew this movie was going to be very predictable. For the most part we were dead on accurate. Ali Larter's character of Lisa took all her motives and actions from 'How to stalk in a movie FOR DUMMIES' AND CLEARLY has watched Fatal Attraction and The Hand that Rocks the Cradle more than once.

However, this movie is a lot of FUN. Beyonce seems to be the only smart one, and you tend to cheer her on for the entire film even though her main portion comes after about an hour in. Idris Alba's character of Derek tends to make some cliche mistakes along the way, but he isn't as completely dumb as one would expect. Also, even when some of Lisa's attemps for attention fail you think to yourself "well. she will just try harder"...and then she does and even that in itself is entertaining.

As an entry in the genre this surely is not ground-breaking by any means and I doubt it will help any of the three actors careers, but admit it, we all just wanted to see Beyonce beat down the white chick who was tryin' to move in on her family, and that goal was accomplished. The formulaic plot and obvious character flaws make one seem like they are shouting at a bad horror movie rather than a suspense thriller, but it also means that as an audience member, one can just enjoy the absurdity and the satisfying conclusion.

I think that even by the end of the movie Beyonce herself even knew the movie was too predictable because when the detective (played by Christine Lahti) asks what happened in the house, Beyonce says "You know what happened in there." I think th at line was not only for the character but also a nod to the audience also. If you go in with very mild expectations, you should enjoy this movie quite a bit. [AG] This is a Widescreen presentation (2.40:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Girl Fight! - Director Steve Shill and stunt coordinator Lance Gilbert take us through the film’s climactic fight sequence between Beyoncé Knowles and Ali Larter, while the actresses comment on the fun of getting to fight each other!
Playing Together Nicely - Director Steve Shill and Producer Will Packer discuss the film’s casting, while screenwriter David Loughrey discusses his experiences writing the script and participating in the casting process.
Dressed to Kill - Costume Designer Maya Lieberman discusses the look of the characters costumes and their role in the larger production.

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